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[PROFILE] Bessie Loo (Super Agent/Actress) & Richard Loo (Husband/Great Actor)

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  • madchinaman
    Bessie Loo http://www.camla.org/newsletter/1999/winter/ The historymaker for the entertainment category is Bessie Loo. Mrs. Loo broke into the movies as an
    Message 1 of 1 , May 8, 2003
      Bessie Loo

      The historymaker for the entertainment category is Bessie Loo. Mrs.
      Loo broke into the movies as an actress in the mid-1930s. When the
      Screen Actors Guild was established, she worked as a casting
      director for war movies requiring Asian actors in minor roles. As
      writers began to expand parts for Asians, Mrs. Loo became a talent
      agent specializing in Asian American actors. She played a pioneering
      role in breaking down both gender and racial barriers in the film
      industry for over 40 years.
      As Bessie Loo was unable to attend the ceremony, her daughter,
      Angela Levy accepted the award on her behalf. The Museum of Chinese
      American History has been close to her heart, Mrs. Levy announced to
      the banquet guests on her mother's behalf. It's wonderful what you
      all are doing and what you have achieved, and my mother thanks you
      very, very much.

      Mrs. Loo passed away in October 1998 at the age of 97.


      Bessie Loo
      Date of birth (location)
      30 December 1902
      Hanford, California, USA
      Date of death (details)
      28 October 1998
      Los Angeles, California, USA.
      Moved to Los Angeles to work as an actress, interpreter, casting

      Actress - filmography
      (1930s) (1920s)

      Mr. Wong in Chinatown (1939) .... Lilly May, Princess Lin Hwa's
      Good Earth, The (1937) (uncredited)
      Back to Yellow Jacket (1922) (uncredited)



      Hung Wai Ching, 96, of Honolulu, a retired real estate developer,
      died Feb. 9 in St. Francis Medical Center. He was born in Honolulu.
      He is survived by sons King-Lit and Sai, daughter Su-Sun Wang,
      sister Bessie Loo, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
      Services: 4 p.m. Saturday at Community Church of Honolulu. Call
      after 2:30 p.m. Aloha attire. No flowers.



      Loo, Richard b. October 1, 1903 d. November 20, 1983
      Internationally known Asian-American motion picture and television
      character actor of the 1930s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. Most
      remembered for playing the role of 'Hai Fat' in the 1974 James Bond
      007 adventure "The Man with the Golden Gun." Married to well-known
      Hollywood agent Bessie Loo. (bio by: A.J. Marik)
      San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Mission Hills, Los Angeles County,
      California, USA
      Plot: Section F, T-8, grave 28

      Movies: (http://www.eonline.com/Facts/People/0,12,9547,00.html)
      Hong Kong Affair (1958)
      Love Is a Many Splendored Thing (1955)
      China Venture (1953)
      Target Hong Kong (1953)
      5 Fingers (1952)
      Westinghouse Studio One - "Pagoda" (1952)
      The Steel Helmet (1951)
      State Department: File 649 (1949)
      The Clay Pigeon (1949)
      Back to Bataan (1945)
      First Yank Into Tokyo (1945)
      Betrayal From the East (1945)
      The Purple Heart (1944)
      Across the Pacific (1942)
      The Fatal Hour (1940)
      Mr. Wong in Chinatown (1939)
      The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)

      Richard Loo

      Born: 1903
      Died: November 20, 1983

      Though he was the personification of the cruel, calculating Japanese
      military officer in many a wartime propaganda film, Richard Loo was
      actually born in Hawaii of Chinese parents. The holder of a Business
      Studies degree from the University of California, Loo ran a
      successful importing firm until his assets were wiped out in the
      1929 stock market crash. He launched his acting career in 1931,
      first in California-based stock companies, then in films, beginning
      with Frank Capra's Dirigible (1931). His movie career picked up
      momentum after the attack on Pearl Harbor, with villainous roles in
      such films as Wake Island (1942) and The Purple Heart (1944). In
      all, Richard Loo toted up some 200 film appearances in his five-
      decade career. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

      Richard Loo (3rd Generation Chinese American)
      (1903 - 1983)

      He was the epitome of the sinister Japanese officer in the
      propaganda World War II films of the 30s and 40s but later had more
      satisfying roles. Richard Loo was born on October 1, 1903 in Maui,
      Hawaii of Chinese descent. He attended the University of California
      at Berkeley in the 1920s and later began an import-export business.
      The stock market crash of 1929 doomed that effort and he turned to
      acting at the Pasadena Playhouse. In a play where he played a
      rickshaw boy the director told him to speak Chinese but being a
      third generation Chinese he could not speak the language and had
      to "fake it." He soon became the best known Asian actor that
      Americans "loved to hate." He always played the Japanese
      interrogator who was "educated at UCLA" and thus spoke fluent
      English. Among his film credits were: "Dirigible" (1931) in an
      uncredited role, his film debut; "War Correspondent" (1932); "The
      Bitter Tea of General Yen" (1933) as Captain Li; "The Good Earth"
      (1937) uncredited as a Farmer, one of few Asian actors in the
      film; "The Lost Horizon" (1937) as Shanghai Airport
      Official; "Island of the Lost Men" (1939) as Gen. Ahn Ling; "Flying
      Tigers" (1942) as Dr. Singh; "Across the Pacific" (1942) as First
      Officer Miyuma; "Wake Island" (1942) as Mr. Saburo Kurusu; "Bombs
      Over Burma" (1943); "The Purple Heart" (1944) as Japanese General,
      probably his best known role; "Back to Bataan" (1945) as Maj.
      Hasako; "The Story of Dr. Wassell" (1944) as Dr. Wei; "Keys of the
      Kingdom" (1944) with Gregory Peck, as Lt. Shon; "The Steel Helmet"
      (1951) as Sgt. Tanaka; "The Sand Pebbles" (1966) as Maj. Chin; "One
      More Train to Rob" (1971) as Mr. Chang and "The Man With the Golden
      Gun" (1974) as Hai Fat, a James Bond film and his last theatrical
      film. On TV he was a regular on "Kung Fu" (1972) playing Master Sun.
      He also guested on many TV series including: "Perry Mason"; "Family
      Affair"; "Bewitched"; "Hawaii 5-0"; "It Takes A Thief"
      and "Bonanza." He died on November 20, 1983 in Burbank, California
      of complications of a cerebral hemorrhage at age 80.
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