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Jack Soo (1917–1979)

A genial, laid back, slumber-eyed character player especially adept at the relaxed wisecrack or dry comment, Japanese-American actor Jack Soo was born in Oakland, California, in 1917, his real name being Goro Suzuki. In the post-WWII years, he entertained as a stand-up performer in nightclubs and had made a reasonable dent on the Midwest circuit by... See full bio »

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 1975-1979 Barney Miller (TV Series)
Det. Sgt. Nick Yemana
- Graveyard Shift (1979) ... Det. Sgt. Nick Yemana (credit only)
- Computer Crime (1979) ... Det. Sgt. Nick Yemana (credit only)
- Identity (1979) ... Det. Sgt. Nick Yemana (credit only)
- Open House (1979) ... Det. Sgt. Nick Yemana (credit only)
- The Counterfeiter (1979) ... Det. Sgt. Nick Yemana (credit only)
 1978 Return from Witch Mountain
Mr. Yokomoto
 1977 Busting Loose (TV Series)
- House of Noodles (1977) ... Hoofat
 1975 Police Woman (TV Series)
Red Star
- Bloody Nose (1975) ... Red Star
 1972-1975 M*A*S*H (TV Series)
Kim Chung Quoc / Charlie Lee
- Payday (1975) ... Kim Chung Quoc
 1975 Amy Prentiss (TV Series)
Dr. Atsumi
- Profile in Evil (1975) ... Dr. Atsumi
 1974-1975 Police Story (TV Series)
Bruce Chan / Taiske
- Year of the Dragon: Part 2 (1975) ... Bruce Chan
- Year of the Dragon: Part 1 (1975) ... Bruce Chan
- The Hunters (1974) ... Taiske
 1974 Ironside (TV Series)
Joe Lee / Sing-Ho
- The Over-the-Hill Blues (1974) ... Sing-Ho
- Amy Prentiss: Part 2 (1974) ... Joe Lee
- Amy Prentiss: Part 1 (1974) ... Joe Lee
 1973 She Lives! (TV Movie)
Dr. Osikawa
 1972 The Odd Couple (TV Series)
Chuk Mai Chin
- Oscar's Promotion (1972) ... Chuk Mai Chin
 1971 The Jimmy Stewart Show (TV Series)
Woodrow Yamada
- Cockadoodle Don't (1971) ... Woodrow Yamada
- Pro Bono Publico (1971) ... Woodrow Yamada
 1968-1971 Julia (TV Series)
Judge Warren Wazaku / Tree Man
- Courting Time (1971) ... Judge Warren Wazaku
- I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas (1968) ... Tree Man
 1971 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Sergeant George Kwan
- The Man Who Killed a Ghost (1971) ... Sergeant George Kwan
 1970 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Sam Quong
- The One with the Gun (1970) ... Sam Quong
 1969 The Monk (TV Movie)
Hip Guy
 1964-1969 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Narrator / Chinese Drama / Jimmy Howe
- Why the Show Must Go On (1969) ... Narrator / Chinese Drama
 1968 The Green Berets
Col. Cai
 1967 Thoroughly Modern Millie
Oriental #1
 1966 Summer Fun (TV Series)
- Pirates of Flounder Bay (1966) ... Sidney
 1966 The Oscar
 1965 The Wackiest Ship in the Army (TV Series)
- Shakedown (1965) ... Shiru
 1964-1965 Valentine's Day (TV Series)
Rockwell 'Rocky' Sin
- Climb Upon My Knee, Sonny Boy (1965) ... Rockwell 'Rocky' Sin
- I'll Cry at My Wedding (1965) ... Rockwell 'Rocky' Sin
- A Muffin Is Not a Tart (1965) ... Rockwell 'Rocky' Sin
- Farrow's Fling (1965) ... Rockwell 'Rocky' Sin
- Instant Father (1965) ... Rockwell 'Rocky' Sin
 1963 Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed?
Yoshimi Hiroti
 1962 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series)
Jack Soo, the Japanese Agent
- Jack Meets Japanese Agent (1962) ... Jack Soo, the Japanese Agent
 1961 Flower Drum Song
'Sammy' Fong
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Flower Drum Song (1958). Musical comedy. Book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joseph Fields. Based on the novel by C.Y. Lee. Music by Richard Rodgers. Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Music orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett. Musical Director: Salvatore Dell'Isola. Dance arrangements by Luther Henderson Jr. Costume Design by ... See more »

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His last words to Hal Linden as he was being wheeled into the operating room before his death were "It must have been the coffee." This was a reference to the running gag of his character Nick Yemana from Barney Miller (1974) having the reputation for making horrible coffee. See more »

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