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 Keye Luke

Keye Luke

Birth
Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Death 12 Jan 1991 (aged 86)
Whittier, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Whittier, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Memorial Chapel Garden, Lot 434, Grave 2
Memorial ID 5775 · View Source
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Actor. Born Lù Xílín in Canton, China. As a child he emigrated to Seattle Washington. He attended the University of Washington before he entered the film industry as a billboard artist and caricaturist doing layout work for movie houses. He painted the garden fairytale murals for the interior of Grauman's Chinese Theater. He made his film debut in 1934 when an MGM producer needed a Chinese actor with good diction for a supporting role in ‘The Painted Veil.' He was occasionally a technical advisor on Asian-themed films. He then played Number 1 Son in thirteen Charlie Chan films beginning in 1935 and ending with ‘The Sky Dragon' in 1949. He was also the only Asian actor to play a lead detective in that era, playing Mr. Wong in ‘Phantom of Chinatown' in 1940. He than took the role of Kato in two Green Hornet pictures in 1940 and 1941. MGM then signed Luke to play the eager young intern in the ‘Dr. Gillespie' film series with Lionel Barrymore in 1942 and 1943. Luke co-starred on Broadway as the patriarch in the 1958 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical ‘Flower Drum Song' for three years. Also beginning in the 1950s, he picked up a great deal of television work appearing in ‘Mike Hammer,' ‘I Spy,' ‘Family Affair,' ‘Star Trek,' ‘Hawaii 5-0,' ‘Kung Fu,' and M*A*S*H' among many others. In addition to his on-screen roles, he had a successful career as a voice artist, including the dubbing of foreign language films into English as well as providing voices for animation projects. In 1972, he became the first Chinese actor to play Charlie Chan in the animated ‘The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan.' As he got older, he continued acting and never considered retiring. He appeared in feature films like ‘Gremlins' in 1984, ‘Big Trouble in Little China' in 1986, ‘The Mighty Quinn' in 1989, and his final role in ‘Alice' which was released in 1990. He was set to play Dr. Noonian Soong on ‘Star Trek: the Next Generation' when he succumbed to a stroke at age 86.

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  • Added: 28 Jun 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5775
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Keye Luke (18 Jun 1904–12 Jan 1991), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5775, citing Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .