[PROFILE] Burt Kwok - Actor in "Pink Panther" Films & Others
- BURT KWOUK
Born in England and raised in Shanghai, actor Burt Kwouk can best be
described as a funnier variation of Bruce Lee. To be sure, many of
his acting assignments have called for straight interpretations,
notably his roles in such films Satan Never Sleeps (1961) and The
Brides of Fu Manchu (1965).
But Kwouk is best known for his role as karate champ Cato Fong,
right-hand man of the hapless Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers).
Trained by his boss to attack without warning (the better to keep
Clouseau on guard and in shape), Cato has invariably done his job
too well, kicking and chopping at the Inspector at the most
inopportune times -- when Clouseau is making love, for example.
As Cato, Bert Kwouk has appeared in the Blake Edwards-directed
Clouseau films A Shot in the Dark (1964), Return of the Pink Panther
(1975), The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1978) and Revenge of the
Pink Panther (1979), and has guest-starred in two pastiche films
made after Peter Sellers' death, Curse of the Pink Panther (1981)
and Trail of the Pink Panther (1982).
Outside the aegis of Blake Edwards, Kwouk has taken action-oriented
parts in films like Rollerball (1980) and Air America (1990). For
several years in the '80s, Burt Kwouk played a Japanese commandant
on the British TV series Tenko. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
Kiss of the Dragon (2001)
Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)
The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)
The Return of the Pink Panther (1974)