Philip Ahn

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  • (about his playing Japanese villains in WWII films) Philip Ahn: True, I hated the Japanese, but I told myself that if I was going to play the enemy, I was going to play him as viciously as I could. In 'Back To Bataan' I slapped little children and went so far as to hang a teacher from an American flagpole. I took pride in being the most evil man alive.

  • (about people believing he really lived like Master Kan from "Kung Fu") Philip Ahn: I was raised a Presbyterian and I'll always be a Presbyterian. I'm an actor, who is paid to read the lines as they have been written. Have I ever questioned their authenticity? I prefer to think the philosophies Kan expresses are genuine, that they are taken from the Tao religion, which teaches everyone to do good and which preaches non-violence until you are backed up a tree and must defend yourself. That is where kung fu becomes justified in our stories. Hence a TV series.

Trivia (21)

  • Philip provided the voice for Chang, the wisest of seagulls, in Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973).

  • Mayor Tom Bradley of Los Angeles declared November 14 "Philp Ahn and Korean Heritage Day" in 1984, the day Philip's star was placed on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

  • Studied electrical engineering at Polytechnic High School.

  • He helped bring the Korean Friendship Bell to San Pedro, California.

  • His youngest brother, Ralph, is a film and television actor, and appeared with him in Confessions Of An Opium Eater (1962).

  • He joined the Army to downplay the image of him as an evil Japanese soldier from films he had played the part in, after receiving many death threats from moviegoers, during World War II.

  • He worked to make Los Angeles a sister city of Pusan, Korea.

  • He served as honorary mayor of Panorama City, California, for twenty years.

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