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Richard Loo (I) (1903–1983)

One of the most familiar Asian character actors in American films of the 1930s and 1940s, Richard Loo was most often stereotyped as the Japanese enemy flier, spy or interrogator during the Second World War. Chinese by ancestry and Hawaiian by birth, Loo spent his youth in Hawaii, then moved to California as a teenager. He attended the University ... See full bio »

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 1971 Chandler
 1971 One More Train to Rob
Mr. Chang
 1970 Which Way to the Front?
Japanese Naval Officer (uncredited)
 1970 One More Time (uncredited)
 1966 The Sand Pebbles
Major Chin
 1962 A Girl Named Tamiko
 1962 Diamond Head
Yamagata (uncredited)
 1962 Confessions of an Opium Eater
George Wah
 1961 7 Women from Hell
Sgt. Takahashi
 1958 Hong Kong Affair
Li Noon
 1958 The Quiet American
Mr. Heng
 1957 Battle Hymn
General Kim (scenes deleted)
 1956 Around the World in Eighty Days
Hong Kong Saloon Manager (uncredited)
 1956 The Conqueror
Captain of Wang's guard
 1955 Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing
Robert Hung
 1955 House of Bamboo
Inspector Kito's Voice (voice, uncredited)
 1955 Soldier of Fortune
Gen. Po Lin
 1954 The Bamboo Prison
Commandant Hsai Tung
 1954 The Shanghai Story
Junior Officer
 1954 Living It Up
Dr. Lee
 1954 Hell and High Water
Hakada Fujimori
 1953 China Venture
Chang Sung
 1953 Destination Gobi
Commanding Officer, Japanese POW Camp (uncredited)
 1953 Target Hong Kong
Fu Chao
 1952 5 Fingers
Japanese Ambassador (uncredited)
 1951 I Was an American Spy
Col. Masamato
 1951 Operation Pacific
Japanese Fighter Pilot (uncredited)
 1951 The Steel Helmet
Sgt. Tanaka
 1949 Malaya
Colonel Genichi Tomura
 1949 The Clay Pigeon
Ken Tokoyama - aka The Weasel
 1949 State Department: File 649
Marshal Yun Usu
 1948 Rogues' Regiment
Kao Pang
 1948 The Golden Eye
Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted)
 1948 The Cobra Strikes
Hyder Ali
 1948 Half Past Midnight
Lee Gow
 1948 To the Ends of the Earth
Commissioner Lu (uncredited)
 1948 Women in the Night
Col. Noyama
 1947 Beyond Our Own
James Wong
 1947 Web of Danger
 1947 Seven Were Saved
Colonel Yamura
 1947 The Beginning or the End
Japanese Officer (uncredited)
 1946 Tokyo Rose
Colonel Suzuki
 1945 Prison Ship
Capt. Osikawa
 1945 First Yank Into Tokyo
Col. Hideko Okanura
 1945 Back to Bataan
Maj. Hasko
 1945 China's Little Devils
Colonel Huraji
 1945 China Sky
Col. Yasuda
 1945 God Is My Co-Pilot
Tokyo Joe
 1945 Betrayal from the East
Lt. Cmdr. Miyazaki, alias Tani
 1944 The Keys of the Kingdom
Lt. Shon
 1944 The Story of Dr. Wassell
Chinese Doctor on Train (uncredited)
 1944 The Purple Heart
General Ito Mitsubi
 1943 Rookies in Burma
Colonel Matsuda (uncredited)
 1943 Jack London
Japanese Ambassador (uncredited)
 1943 So Proudly We Hail!
Japanese Radio Announcer (voice, uncredited)
 1943 Destroyer
Japanese Submarine Commander (uncredited)
 1943 Behind the Rising Sun
Japanese Officer Dispensing Opium (uncredited)
 1943 Yanks Ahoy
Japanese Submarine Officer (uncredited)
 1943 China
Lin Yun
 1943 The Amazing Mrs. Holliday
General Chan (uncredited)
 1943 Flight for Freedom
Mr. Yokahata (uncredited)
 1943 City Without Men
Japanese Spy (uncredited)
 1942 Star Spangled Rhythm
Emperor Hirohito - 'Sweater, Sarong & Peekaboo Bang' Number (uncredited)
 1942 Road to Morocco
Chinese Announcer (uncredited)
 1942 Flying Tigers
Dr. Tsing (uncredited)
 1942 Manila Calling
Filipino (uncredited)
 1942 Across the Pacific
First Officer Miyuma
 1942 Wake Island
Mr. Saburo Kurusu (uncredited)
 1942 Little Tokyo, U.S.A.
 1942 Bombs Over Burma
Col. Kim
 1942 Submarine Raider
Chauffeur Suji (uncredited)
 1942 Remember Pearl Harbor
Mandolin-Playing Japanese Radioman (uncredited)
 1942 A Yank on the Burma Road
Commandant (uncredited)
 1941 They Met in Bombay
Japanese Officer (uncredited)
 1941 Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery
Henchman (uncredited)
 1940 Doomed to Die
Tong Leader
 1940 The Fatal Hour
 1939 Barricade
Colonel Commander of Rescue Party (uncredited)
 1939 Daughter of the Tong
Wong, Hotel Clerk
 1939 Island of Lost Men
Gen. Ahn Ling
 1939 Lady of the Tropics
Delaroch's Chauffeur (uncredited)
 1939 Miracles for Sale
Chinese Soldier in Demo (uncredited)
 1939 Mr. Wong in Chinatown
Tong Chief
 1939 Panama Patrol
Tommy Young
 1939 Torchy Blane in Chinatown
Masked Chinese Hood (uncredited)
 1939 North of Shanghai
Jed's Pilot
 1938 Shadows Over Shanghai
 1938 Too Hot to Handle
Charlie (uncredited)
 1938 Blondes at Work
Sam Wong (uncredited)
 1937 Thank You, Mr. Moto
Cop at Shooting Site (uncredited)
 1937 West of Shanghai
Mr. Cheng
 1937 That Certain Woman
Elevator Operator (uncredited)
 1937 Outlaws of the Orient
The General (uncredited)
 1937 The Singing Marine
Shanghai Hotel Official (uncredited)
 1937 The Soldier and the Lady
Tartar (uncredited)
 1937 China Passage
Lia Sen's Husband (voice, uncredited)
 1937 Lost Horizon
Shanghai Airport Official (uncredited)
 1937 The Good Earth
Chinese Farmer (uncredited)
 1936 After the Thin Man
Lichee Club Headwaiter (uncredited)
 1936 Stowaway
Chinese Merchant (uncredited)
 1936 Mad Holiday
Li Yat (uncredited)
 1936/II Shadow of Chinatown
Chinese Man on Street (uncredited)
 1936/I Shadow of Chinatown
Loo, Chinese Man on Street [Chs. 5-7] (uncredited)
 1936 Roaming Lady
Chinese Seaman (uncredited)
 1935 China Seas
Chinese Inspector at Gangplank (uncredited)
 1935 Shadows of the Orient
Yung Yow - Chinese Henchman (uncredited)
 1935 Captured in Chinatown
Ling Hatchet Man (uncredited)
 1935 Stranded
Chinese Groom (uncredited)
 1934 The Mysterious Mr. Wong
Bystander Outside Store (uncredited)
 1934 Limehouse Blues
Customer at Harry Young's (uncredited)
 1934 The Painted Veil
Chinese Peasant (uncredited)
 1934 Student Tour
Geisha's Customer (uncredited)
 1934 Now and Forever
Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
 1932 The Secrets of Wu Sin
Charlie San
 1932 War Correspondent
Bandit (uncredited)
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Stage Play: South Pacific. Musical drama. Music by Richard Rodgers. Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan. Based on "Tales of the South Pacific" by James A. Michener. Musical Director: Salvatore Dell'Isola. Music orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett. Musical staging by Joshua Logan. Scenic Design ... See more »


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Although he died in Los Angeles, Social Security records indicate that Loo's home at the time of his death was in Houston, Texas. See more »

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