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Keye Luke

Master Po in Kung Fu

Photos Keye Luke Birth name: Keye Luke
Birth date: 1904/06/18
Date of death : 1991/01/12 (87 years old)
Birth place : Guangzhou, China
Height: 1.68 m

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Biography for Keye Luke

Keye Luke was born in Canton, China. He grew up in Seattle, Washington, and entered the film business as a commercial artist and a designer of movie posters. He was hired as a technical advisor on several Asian-themed films, and made his film debut in The Painted Veil (1934). It seemed that he appeared in almost every film that called for Chinese characters, usually in small parts but occasionally, as in The Good Earth (1937), in a meatier, more substantial role. In addition, he played Dr. Kildare's rival at the hospital in the Dr. Kildare series at MGM, but it was as Charlie Chan's #1 son in that series that Luke achieved his greatest recognition. In the 1970s a new generation was made aware of his talents by virtue of his recurring role in the TV series "Kung Fu" (1972).


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Title Role
Alice (1990) Dr. Yang
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) Mr. Wing
Superboy Sensei (1 episode, 1989)
The Mighty Quinn (1989) Dr. Raj
MacGyver Adam Chen / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1988)
Dead Heat (1988) Mr. Thule
Friday the 13th Lom Chen (1 episode, 1988)
Night Court Grandfather Ho / ... (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Jonny Quest (1987) TV series (voice) Additional Voices
The Golden Girls Toshiro Mitsumo (1 episode, 1986)
Sidekicks Sabasan (1 episode, 1986)
A Fine Mess (1986) Ishimine
T.J. Hooker Dr. Kenji Yakimura (1 episode, 1986)
Kung Fu: The Movie (1986) (TV) Master Po
General Hospital (1963) TV series The Ancient One (unknown episodes, 1985)
Jem Additional Voices (1 episode, 1985)
Crazy Like a Fox (1 episode, 1985)
Blade in Hong Kong (1985) (TV)
Street Hawk Mr. Ming (1 episode, 1985)
Miami Vice Lao Li (1 episode, 1985)
Trapper John, M.D. Ronald Kwan Mein (1 episode, 1984)
Gremlins (1984) Grandfather (Mr. Wing)
The A-Team Sam Yeng (1 episode, 1983)
Mister T (1983) TV series (unknown episodes)
Faerie Tale Theatre (1 episode, 1983)
Falcon Crest Wilson Fong (2 episodes, 1983)
Magnum, P.I. Goto (1 episode, 1983)
Cocaine and Blue Eyes (1983) (TV) Tan Ng
Voyagers! Kublai Khan (1 episode, 1982)
Remington Steele Tenake (1 episode, 1982)
Bret Maverick Lu Sung (1 episode, 1981)
Fly Away Home (1981) (TV)
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1981) TV series Additional Voices (unknown episodes)
H Cho Kim / ... (3 episodes, 1978-1980)
Charlie's Angels Lin (1 episode, 1980)
Thundarr the Barbarian Additional Voices / ... (2 episodes, 1980)
Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo (1979) TV series Additional Voices (unknown episodes)
Just You and Me, Kid (1979) Doctor Device
How the West Was Won Leong Chung Hua (1 episode, 1979)
Vega$ Henry Matsimura (1 episode, 1979)
Battle of the Planets (1978) TV series Colonel Cronus / ... (unknown episodes)
The Amsterdam Kill (1977) Chung Wei
Quincy M.E. (1 episode, 1977)
Hunter (1 episode, 1977)
Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976) Cook in kitchen
Harry O Dr. Creighton Fong (1 episode, 1976)
Cannon Jeweler / ... (2 episodes, 1974-1975)
Kung Fu Master Po (34 episodes, 1972-1975)
Noon Sunday (1975) Colonel Oong
Judge Dee and the Monastery Murders (1974) (TV) Lord Sun Ming
Judgement: The Court Martial of the Tiger of Malaya
Love, American Style (segment Love and the Golden Worm) (1 episode, 1974)
The Cat Creature (1973) (TV) Joe Sung
The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan Charlie Chan (13 episodes, 1972)
Anna and the King (1972) TV series Kralahome (unknown episodes)
Kung Fu (1972) (TV) Master Po
Adam-12 George Lum / ... (2 episodes, 1971-1972)
Here's Lucy Quon Fong (1 episode, 1972)
Marcus Welby, M.D. (1 episode, 1971)
The Hawaiians (1970) Foo Sen
It Takes a Thief Dubek (2 episodes, 1968-1970)
Hawaii Five-O Senator Oishi (1 episode, 1969)
The Chairman (1969) Prof. Soong Li
Star Trek Governor Cory (1 episode, 1969)
The Outsider Won Ah-Kam (1 episode, 1968)
Project X (1968) Sen Chiu
The Big Valley Mike Chang (1 episode, 1968)
Dragnet 1967 George Lum / ... (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
Family Affair GrandFather Chang (1 episode, 1968)
Nobody's Perfect (1968) Gondai-San
The Andy Griffith Show Charlie Lee (1 episode, 1967)
The F.B.I. Captain Cheiu / ... (2 episodes, 1966-1967)
Space Ghost (1966) TV series Brak (unknown episodes)
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Han (1 episode, 1966)
The Smothers Brothers Show Mr. Togosaki (1 episode, 1966)
The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1 episode, 1965)
I Spy Lt. How (1 episode, 1965)
Jonny Quest Charlie (1 episode, 1965)
Perry Mason C. C. Chang / ... (2 episodes, 1962-1965)
Mickey Grandpa Kwan (1 episode, 1964)
Kentucky Jones (1964) TV series Mr. Wong (unknown episodes)
Fair Exchange Mr. Fong (1 episode, 1962)
Target: The Corruptors Chang Sui (1 episode, 1962)
Follow the Sun (2 episodes, 1961)
The Case of the Dangerous Robin (1 episode, 1961)
Trackdown Wong (1 episode, 1958)
Richard Diamond, Private Detective Dr. Lin Chang (1 episode, 1958)
Mike Hammer Sammy Wong (1 episode, 1958)
The Gale Storm Show Chong / ... (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
The Californians (1 episode, 1958)
Alcoa Theatre Mike (1 episode, 1958)
Climax! Chen (1 episode, 1957)
Panic! Honolulu (1 episode, 1957)
Yangtse Incident: The Story of H.M.S. Amethyst (1957) Capt. Kuo Tai
Wire Service Young General (1 episode, 1957)
Sora no daikaij├╗ Radon (1956) (uncredited) Shigeru (voice
Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) (uncredited) Old man at Yokohama travel office
The Adventures of Dr. Fu Manchu Lum Sen (1 episode, 1956)
TV Reader's Digest Mr. Ling (1 episode, 1956)
Buffalo Bill, Jr. (1 episode, 1956)
Jungle Jim Ja Lang (1 episode, 1956)
Cavalcade of America (2 episodes, 1954-1956)
Crossroads (2 episodes, 1956)
Crusader Lin Suchow (1 episode, 1955)
Gunsmoke Chen (1 episode, 1955)
Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955) (uncredited) Lee Foo
Gojira no gyakush├╗ (1955) (uncredited) English dubbing voice for Hiroshi Koizumi
Soldiers of Fortune Captain Kopan (1 episode, 1955)
Annie Oakley Li Wong (1 episode, 1955)
Big Town (1 episode, 1955)
The Bamboo Prison (1954) Comrade-Instructor Li Ching
My Little Margie Mr. Chang / ... (1 episode, 1954)
Studio 57 Sam Kee (1 episode, 1954)
Hell's Half Acre (1954) Police Chief Dan
World for Ransom (1954) Wong
The New Adventures of China Smith (2 episodes)
South Sea Woman (1953) (uncredited) Japanese deck officer
Fair Wind to Java (1953) Pidada
Terry and the Pirates Lt. Leong / ... (2 episodes, 1953)
Gruen Guild Playhouse (1 episode, 1952)
Hong Kong (1952) (uncredited) Taxicab Driver
The Congregation (1952)
The Stu Erwin Show Lin Yang (1 episode, 1951)
Mysteries of Chinatown (1 episode, 1950)
Young Man with a Horn (1950) (uncredited) Ramundo, the houseboy
Manhandled (1949) (uncredited) Chinese Laundry Owner
The Sky Dragon (1949) Lee Chan
The Feathered Serpent (1948) Lee Chan
Waterfront at Midnight (1948) Loy
Sleep, My Love (1948) Jimmie Lin
Dark Delusion (1947) Dr. Lee Wong How
Lost City of the Jungle (1946) Tal Shan
Tokyo Rose (1946) Charlie Otani
How Do You Do (1945)
First Yank Into Tokyo (1945) Haan-Soo
Secret Agent X-9 (1945) Ah Fong
Between Two Women (1945) Dr, Lee Wong How
Three Men in White (1944) Dr. Lee Wong How
Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble (1944) Dr. Lee Wong Howe
Salute to the Marines (1943) 'Flashy' Logaz
Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case (1943) Dr. Lee Wong How
Adventures of Smilin' Jack (1943) Capt. Wing
Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant (1942) Dr. Lee Wong How
Journey for Margaret (1942) (uncredited) Japanese statesman
Destination Unknown (1942) Undercover Agent, posing as the Secretary
The Falcon's Brother (1942) Jerry
Mexican Spitfire's Elephant (1942) (uncredited) Lao Lee, Chinese magician
Across the Pacific (1942) Steamship Officer Clerk
Somewhere I'll Find You (1942) (uncredited) Thomas Chang
Invisible Agent (1942) Surgeon
Spy Ship (1942) Hiru
Submarine Raider (1942) (uncredited) Tesei
A Tragedy at Midnight (1942) Ah Foo
A Yank on the Burma Road (1942) Kim How
North to the Klondike (1942) K. Wellington Wong
Mr. and Mrs. North (1942) Kumi, Blanton's Servant
No Hands on the Clock (1941) (uncredited) Severino, Houseboy
Burma Convoy (1941) Lin Taiyen
Passage from Hong Kong (1941) (uncredited) Charlie, Chinese Waiter
Let's Go Collegiate (1941) Buck Wing
Bowery Blitzkrieg (1941) (as Key Luke) Clancy
They Met in Bombay (1941) (scenes deleted) Mr. Toy
The Gang's All Here (1941) George Lee
Footlight Fever (1941) (uncredited) Chinese restaurant waiter
The Green Hornet Strikes Again! (1941) Kato
No, No, Nanette (1940) (uncredited) Sung, Oriental Cafe Manager
Comrade X (1940) (uncredited) World Press Attendee with Glasses
Phantom of Chinatown (1940) James Lee 'Jimmy' Wong
Wildcat Bus (1940) (uncredited) Tai
The Green Hornet (1940) Kato
Barricade (1939) Ling
Sued for Libel (1939) Chang Howe, Radio Actor
Disputed Passage (1939) Andrew Abbott
North of Shanghai (1939) Jimmy Riley
Mr. Moto's Gamble (1938) Lee Chan
International Settlement (1938) Dr. Wong
Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo (1937) Lee Chan
Charlie Chan on Broadway (1937) Lee Chan, #1 Son
Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937) Lee Chan
The Good Earth (1937) Elder Son
Charlie Chan at the Opera (1936) Lee Chan
Charlie Chan at the Race Track (1936) Lee Chan
Charlie Chan at the Circus (1936) Lee Chan
Anything Goes (1936) (uncredited) Ching
King of Burlesque (1936) Wong
Charlie Chan in Shanghai (1935) Lee Chan
Here's to Romance (1935) Saito
Shanghai (1935) Chinese Ambassador's Son
Mad Love (1935) Dr. Wong, Gogol's Assistant
Oil for the Lamps of China (1935) Young Chinese Soldier
Murder in the Fleet (1935) (uncredited) Consul's secretary
Eight Bells (1935) (uncredited) Interpreter
The Casino Murder Case (1935) (uncredited) Taki, Casino Pageboy
Charlie Chan in Paris (1935) Lee Chan


Best remembered as "No. 1 Son", Lee Chan, in Warner Oland's Charlie Chan films of the 1930s.

Luke was an accomplished artist who specialized in murals. Examples of his work appear in the films The Shanghai Gesture (1941) and Macao (1952).

Did a lot of TV work in his later years, at one point (1972-73) serving as a regular on three TV series simultaneously: "Kung Fu" (1972), "Anna and the King" (1972), "The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan" (1972). In addition, although not a regular, he was a frequent guest star on "M*A*S*H" (1972).

Almost 40 years after he played "Lee Chan" to the Charlie Chans of Warner Oland and Roland Winters, he took a turn at playing Charlie Chan himself, providing his voice in the Hanna-Barbera animated ABC-TV series "The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan" (1972). Among those who provided the voices of his children were Jodie Foster and Robert Ito.

Was 44 years of age when he returned to the role of Lee Chan, Charlie Chan's 'Number One Son' in the last two Chan films (The Feathered Serpent (1948) and The Sky Dragon (1949)). He was actually 5 months older than Roland Winters, the actor who portrayed Charlie Chan in these films.

Was the original Kato in the Green Hornet serials

He also painted the garden fairytale setting murals of the interior of the Graumans Chinese theatre and the Chinese theatre massive auditorium ceiling.

In addition to his on-screen roles, he had a successful career as a voice artist. This included the dubbing of foreign language films into English as well as doing voices for animated cartoons.

Created the role of Master Wang in the original Broadway production of the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II musical "Flower Drum Song," playing the role for two years in New York and another two on the road without ever missing a performance.

He had the distinction of being the only Asian actor to play a lead Asian detective in the 1930/1940s era. He played Mr. Wong in Phantom of Chinatown (1940) for Monogram. It was the final film in the series and he took over the role from Boris Karloff.

He continued working until age 86. He died only weeks after his final film, Woody Allen's Alice (1990), was released.

Drew artwork used in the press book for the original King Kong (1933).

Was considered for the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars (1977).


Brother of Edwin Luke.

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