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Out of the Unknown review: 1960s BBC sci-fi from a Who’s Who of literary talent

23 June 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Futurism by Forster, colonising space with Ballard and gleaming white hospitals designed by Ridley Scott – thank goodness it wasn’t all wiped

The list of writers on the BBC sci-fi series Out of the Unknown reads like a Who’s Who of literary talent: Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, John Wyndham, Jg Ballard, Em Forster and Jb Priestley.

But this programme, which ran from 1965 to 1971, ticks just about all the boxes for lovers of older British genre TV: creepy title sequences; “radiophonic” music and soundscapes; plenty of appearances from soon-to-be familiar faces – from George Cole to David Hemmings, from Lesley-Anne Down to Burt Kwouk and Geoffrey Palmer.

Related: Radiophonic Workshop: the shadowy pioneers of electronic sound

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- Phelim O'Neill

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Burt Kwouk, Popular Character Actor, Dead At Age 85; Played Cato In The Pink Panther Films

24 May 2016 6:35 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Lee Pfeiffer

Character actor Burt Kwouk has passed away at the age of 85. Although primarily known for his work in comedy in film and television, Kwouk was equally adept at playing dramatic roles. In fact in the year 2011, he was awarded an OBE in honor of his  accomplishments in drama.  However, Kwouk will always be immortalized as Cato, the long-suffering but fanatically devoted man servant to  Peter Sellers' bumbling Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther series. A common theme throughout the series was having Cato follow Clouseau's orders to keep him on guard by ambushing him at the most inopportune moments. Their raucous battles were the stuff of inspired lunacy. He and Sellers first appeared together in 1964 and he would continue to play the same character in new installments of the series after Sellers death up until 1992. Kwouk was also a popular presence in British television and reinforced »

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Nothing Compares 2 Link

24 May 2016 4:57 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

• Mnpp picks 5 favorites from Roger Deakins great filmography - love the write up

• i09 Netflix is going to be the exclusive home for Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar movies when it comes to streaming

• The Guardian looks back at the career of Burt Kwouk (Rip) who played Cato in The Pink Panther franchise

• Variety looks at the top Emmy races. Where are we guaranteed movement in the often stagnant fields?

• Hypable Disney's gay erasure problem (not the pop band) and why the hashtags #GiveElsaAGirlfriend and #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend are so popular. (Captain America already has a boyfriend, of course, but why did Disney include that Sharon Carter kiss?)

• Flickering Myth Chris Nolan's Dunkirk shoot has begun (photos from the set). Since he's sick of not being Oscar nominated for directing he's making a World War II picture instead of sticking with sci-fi, magicians, or Batpeople

• Playbill the 61st annual Obie Awards, »

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Cato has ambushed Inspector Clouseau for the final time

24 May 2016 1:35 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Whenever I went to Memphis with my parents, my time was divided between staying with my two grandmothers. How I thought about that time with them was defined, not surprisingly, by what sort of movie experiences I had with each. My dad’s mom was the one who had cable, and she liked to go to bed early, meaning I learned all sorts of things at night. My mom’s mom was the one who took me to the theater more often, and she’d take me to see pretty much anything as long as the rating was okay. One afternoon, she told me to get in the car because there was something special playing. I was ten years old, and I only knew The Pink Panther as a cartoon character. That afternoon, though, I saw The Return Of The Pink Panther, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, and Revenge Of The Pink Panther »

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R.I.P. Burt Kwouk - Pink Panther's Cato

24 May 2016 10:04 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Burt Kwouk, the actor who played martial arts expert Cato in the original Peter Sellers "Pink Panther" films, has died at the age of 85. He "passed peacefully" according to his agent Jean Diamond, with no specific cause of death mentioned.

Born in northwest England in 1930 and raised in Shanghai, Kwouk had his first major role in 1958's "The Inn of the Sixth Happiness". He also appeared in two James Bond classics - "Goldfinger" and "You Only Live Twice" - along with the original "Rollerball" and Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun". He also had guest spots on popular 1960s shows like "The Avengers," "Secret Agent" and "The Saint" and a regular role on 1980s British sitcom "Last of the Summer Wine'.

But it's his work in a half dozen "Pink Panther" films as Cato Fong that he'll always be remembered for. The character, a manservant to Sellers' bumbling Inspector Clouseau, »

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Burt Kwouk obituary

24 May 2016 9:24 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor best known for his roles in the Pink Panther films and the BBC’s Last of the Summer Wine

Anna May Wong, the first of the few Chinese actors to gain Hollywood stardom, explained why she retired from the screen: “I was so tired of the parts I had to play. Why is it that the screen Chinese is nearly always the villain? And so crude a villain – murderous, treacherous, a snake in the grass. We are not like that. How should we be, with a civilisation that is so many times older than that of the west?” Burt Kwouk, who has died aged 85, felt the same way but, as he remarked: “I look at it this way – if I don’t do it, someone else will. So why don’t I go in, get some money and try to elevate it a bit, if I can?”

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Burt Kwouk obituary

24 May 2016 9:24 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor best known for his roles in the Pink Panther films and the BBC’s Last of the Summer Wine

Anna May Wong, the first of the few Chinese actors to gain Hollywood stardom, explained why she retired from the screen: “I was so tired of the parts I had to play. Why is it that the screen Chinese is nearly always the villain? And so crude a villain – murderous, treacherous, a snake in the grass. We are not like that. How should we be, with a civilisation that is so many times older than that of the west?” Burt Kwouk, who has died aged 85, felt the same way but, as he remarked: “I look at it this way – if I don’t do it, someone else will. So why don’t I go in, get some money and try to elevate it a bit, if I can?”

Kwouk, mostly »

- Ronald Bergan

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Burt Kwouk obituary

24 May 2016 9:24 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor best known for his roles in the Pink Panther films and the BBC’s Last of the Summer Wine

Anna May Wong, the first of the few Chinese actors to gain Hollywood stardom, explained why she retired from the screen: “I was so tired of the parts I had to play. Why is it that the screen Chinese is nearly always the villain? And so crude a villain – murderous, treacherous, a snake in the grass. We are not like that. How should we be, with a civilisation that is so many times older than that of the west?” Burt Kwouk, who has died aged 85, felt the same way but, as he remarked: “I look at it this way – if I don’t do it, someone else will. So why don’t I go in, get some money and try to elevate it a bit, if I can?”

Kwouk, mostly »

- Ronald Bergan

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Burt Kwouk, Cato in ‘Pink Panther’ Movies, Dies at 85

24 May 2016 8:47 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Burt Kwouk, the actor who played Cato in the “Pink Panther” films, has died. He was 85. According to the BBC, a statement issued by his agent read, “Beloved actor Burt Kwouk has sadly passed peacefully away. The family will be having a private funeral but there will be a memorial at a later date.” Kwouk appeared in seven “Pink Panther” films opposite Peter Sellers, starring as Clouseau’s servant Cato. Kwouk also starred in three James Bond films, including “Goldfinger” and “You Only Live Twice,” as well as the BBC sitcom “Last of the Summer Wine” from 2002 to 2010. Also Read:. »

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Burt Kwouk Dies: Actor Played Cato In Seven ‘Pink Panther’ Movies

24 May 2016 8:42 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Burt Kwouk, the veteran actor most closely associated with the role of the long-suffering Cato in The Pink Panther series opposite Peter Sellers, has died at age 85. A statement released by the actor’s family confirmed Kwouk passed away peacefully May 24. Kwouk was born in Warrington in the UK but lived in Shanghai until he was 17. His long career took in seven Pink Panther films, three James Bonds as well as appearances in Doctor Who and The Avengers. Kwouk’s big break… »

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Burt Kwouk Dies: Actor Played Cato In Seven ‘Pink Panther’ Movies

24 May 2016 8:42 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Burt Kwouk, the veteran actor most closely associated with the role of the long-suffering Cato in The Pink Panther series opposite Peter Sellers, has died at age 85. A statement released by the actor’s family confirmed Kwouk passed away peacefully May 24. Kwouk was born in Warrington in the UK but lived in Shanghai until he was 17. His long career took in seven Pink Panther films, three James Bonds as well as appearances in Doctor Who and The Avengers. Kwouk’s big break… »

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Burt Kwouk, Cato in 'Pink Panther' Movies, Dies at 85

24 May 2016 8:21 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

London (AP) — Burt Kwouk, an actor who played martial arts expert Cato in the comic Pink Panther films, has died. He was 85. Kwouk's agent, Jean Diamond, said in a statement that he "passed peacefully" on Tuesday. She didn't give a cause of death. Born in northwest England in 1930 and raised in Shanghai, Kwouk had his first major film role in 1958's The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, starring Ingrid Bergman. Kwouk appeared in the James Bond films Goldfinger and You Only Live Twice as well as the 1967 Bond spoof Casino Royale, and had roles in popular 1960s TV series

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Burt Kwouk, Who Played Cato in ‘Pink Panther’ Movies, Dies at 85

24 May 2016 8:03 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Burt Kwouk, who played Inspector Clouseau’s manservant Cato Fong in Blake Edwards’ “Pink Panther” movies, has died at the age of 85.

Kwouk featured in seven “Pink Panther” pics, starting with 1964’s “A Shot in the Dark” through to “Curse of the Pink Panther” in 1983. He played Cato, which was initially spelled Kato, a martial arts specialist who regularly attacked Clouseau, played by Peter Sellers, to keep him alert.

Other movie appearances included James Bond films “Goldfinger” and “You Only Live Twice,” as well as Fred Schepisi’s “Plenty,” Steven Spielberg’s “Empire of the Sun” and Roger Spottiswoode’s “Air America.”

TV series credits included “The Avengers,” “The Saint,” “Doctor Who,” “Hart to Hart” and “Tenko,” in which he played Major Yamauchi. One of his last dramatic roles was in BBC sitcom “Last of the Summer Wine,” in which he played Entwistle from 2002 to 2010.

Kwouk received an award from Prince Charles, »

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Burt Kwouk, Pink Panther and James Bond Star, Dies at 85

24 May 2016 7:55 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Burt Kwouk, who played Inspector Clouseau's nimble manservant in seven Pink Panther films opposite Peter Sellers has died, the BBC reports. "Beloved actor Burt Kwouk has sadly passed peacefully away. The family will be having a private funeral but there will be a memorial at a later date," his agent told the British news agency. Kwouk rose to fame playing Cato Fong opposite Sellers, who regularly assaulted the bumbling detective to keep him vigilant. After seven films with Sellers, he revived his character in later films that featured Roger Moore and Roberto Benigni as the French detective. Born in England but raised in China, »

- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd

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Burt Kwouk, Pink Panther and James Bond Star, Dies at 85

24 May 2016 7:55 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Burt Kwouk, who played Inspector Clouseau's nimble manservant in seven Pink Panther films opposite Peter Sellers has died, the BBC reports. "Beloved actor Burt Kwouk has sadly passed peacefully away. The family will be having a private funeral but there will be a memorial at a later date," his agent told the British news agency. Kwouk rose to fame playing Cato Fong opposite Sellers, who regularly assaulted the bumbling detective to keep him vigilant. After seven films with Sellers, he revived his character in later films that featured Roger Moore Roberto Benigni as the French detective. Born in England but raised in China, »

- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd

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Burt Kwouk, Cato from Pink Panther, dies age 85

24 May 2016 7:06 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

British-born actor who grew up in China starred in three James Bond movies and Last of the Summer Wine as well as his celebrated role alongside Peter Sellers

Pink Panther star Burt Kwouk, best known for playing Inspector Clouseau’s manservant Cato opposite Peter Sellers, has died aged 85.

A statement from the Warrington-born actor’s agent to the BBC revealed the news. No further details were given as to cause of death.

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Burt Kwouk, Cato from Pink Panther, dies age 85

24 May 2016 7:06 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

British-born actor who grew up in China starred in three James Bond movies and Last of the Summer Wine as well as his celebrated role alongside Peter Sellers

Pink Panther star Burt Kwouk, best known for playing Inspector Clouseau’s manservant Cato opposite Peter Sellers, has died aged 85.

A statement from the Warrington-born actor’s agent to the BBC revealed the news. No further details were given as to cause of death.

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Burt Kwouk, Cato from Pink Panther, dies age 85

24 May 2016 7:06 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

British-born actor who grew up in China starred in three James Bond movies and Last of the Summer Wine as well as his celebrated role alongside Peter Sellers

Pink Panther star Burt Kwouk, best known for playing Inspector Clouseau’s manservant Cato opposite Peter Sellers, has died aged 85.

A statement from the Warrington-born actor’s agent to the BBC revealed the news. No further details were given as to cause of death.

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