Keye Luke


Keye Luke Trivia


  • Trivia

    • Keye Luke died during production of "Gremlins 2: The New Batch"

    • Keye was the original voice of Brak on Space Ghost.

    • Keye starred with his future Kung Fu co-star Benson Fong in Charlie Chan At The Opera (1936).

    • When hearing his character, Mr. Wing, was to die in Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), he commented "When you make Gremlins 3, I'm a flashback!" This was satirizing his own role in Kung Fu, which was entirely built around flashbacks as his character, Master Po, was already dead at the beginning of the series. This may have been also a reference to his knowledge of his own impending death due to poor health, which occurred after this film was made, making it his last.

    • Played on three television series simultaneously at one point; Kung Fu, Anna And The King, and The Amazing Chan And The Chan Clan.

    • Was going to play Data's creator, Dr. Noonien Soong, for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, "Brothers," but died before filming started and Brent Spiner took his place.

    • Entered film business as a commercial artist and movie poster designer.

    • Played the original Kato in the Green Hornet serials of the 1940s.

    • He was originally considered for the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).

    • Created the role of Master Wang in the original stage production of the Rogers and Hammerstein musical "Flower Drum Song," playing two years in New York and two on the road, without missing a single performance.

    • Continued making films until his death at 86, only two weeks after Woody Allen's
      Alice (1990), which he worked in, was released.

    • Had brother, Edwin Luke, who also played in a Charlie Chan movie, The Jade Mask (1945), as Chan's Number Four Son.

    • Finally played Charlie Chan almost 40 years later after playing his son, voicing him in the animated series "The Amazing Chan And The Chan Clan" (1972).

    • Took over Boris Karloff's role as Mr. Wong in The Phantom Of Chinatown (1940), final film in that series.

    • Was the only Asian actor to play Asian lead detectives in the 1930s/1940s era.

    • Drew the artwork that was used in the pressbook for the original King Kong (1933).

    • Known in his later years for vocal work on animation, doing many roles.

    • He painted the fairytale murals of the interior of the Grauman's Chinese Theatre and the Chinese theatre's massive auditorium ceiling.

    • When doing the final two Charlie Chan films, as Chan's Number One Son, he was 44 years old, and actually five months older than Roland Winters, who played Chan.

    • Was a talented artist that painted murals. Examples of his work can be seen in the films The Shanghai Gesture (1941) and Macao (1952).

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