|Born||Pil Lip Ahn|
March 29, 1905
Los Angeles, California, US
|Died||February 28, 1978 (aged 72)|
Los Angeles, California, US
Philip Ahn (March 29, 1905 – February 28, 1978) was a Korean-American actor. Events 1461 - Wars of the Roses: Battle of Towton - Edward of York defeats Queen Margaret to become King Year 1905 ( MCMV) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year starting Los Angeles (lɑˈsændʒələs los ˈaŋxeles in Spanish) is the largest City in the state of California and the American West California ( is a US state on the West Coast of the United States, along the Pacific Ocean. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Events 202 BC - coronation ceremony of Liu Bang as Emperor Gaozu of Han takes place initiating four centuries of the Han Dynasty 's rule Year 1978 ( MCMLXXVIII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar) Los Angeles (lɑˈsændʒələs los ˈaŋxeles in Spanish) is the largest City in the state of California and the American West California ( is a US state on the West Coast of the United States, along the Pacific Ocean. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Hanja is the Korean name for Chinese characters. More specifically it refers to those Chinese characters borrowed from Chinese and incorporated The Revised Romanization of Korean is the official Korean language Romanization system in South Korea. McCune-Reischauer romanization is one of the two most widely used Korean language Romanization systems along with the Revised Romanization of Korean, which Events 1461 - Wars of the Roses: Battle of Towton - Edward of York defeats Queen Margaret to become King Year 1905 ( MCMV) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year starting Events 202 BC - coronation ceremony of Liu Bang as Emperor Gaozu of Han takes place initiating four centuries of the Han Dynasty 's rule Year 1978 ( MCMLXXVIII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar) Korean Americans ( Korean: ko 한국계 미국인 Hanja: ko 韓國系美國人 hangukgye migugin) are Americans of Korean origin Ahn was born Pil Lip Ahn in Highland Park, California, believed to be the first American citizen of Korean parents born in the United States. Highland Park is a district of North East Los Angeles. It includes the Garvanza and San Pasqual neighborhoods and some would argue Mt The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Korea is a geographic area composed of two sovereign countries a civilization and a former state situated on the Korean Peninsula in East Asia.
His mother, Helen Lee, was only the second Korean woman admitted into the United States, and his parents were the first Korean married couple admitted into the country, when they arrived in 1902. Year 1902 ( MCMII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year starting His father, Dosan Ahn Chang-ho, was an educator and an activist for Korean independence during the Japanese occupation. An Chang-ho, or Ahn Chang-ho ( November 9, 1878 - March 10, 1938) was a Korean independence activist and one of the early Korea under Japanese rule refers to the period between 1910 and 1945 when Korea was forcibly annexed by the Japanese Empire.
While still in high school, Philip visited the set of the film The Thief of Bagdad, where he met Douglas Fairbanks. High school is the name used in some parts of the world (in particular Scotland, North America and Australia) to describe an institution The Thief of Bagdad is a 1924 Douglas Fairbanks swashbuckler Adventure film which tells the story of a thief who falls in love with the daughter Douglas Fairbanks ( May 23 1883 – December 12 1939) was an American Actor, Screenwriter, director Fairbanks offered young Philip a screen test, and then a part in the movie. For the BBC TV series see Screen Test. A screen test is a method of determining the suitability of an Actor or actress for But when Philip rushed home to tell his mother, she refused to allow him to become an actor, saying "No son of mine is going to get mixed up with those awful people. "
Ahn graduated from school in 1923, and went to work in the rice fields around Colusa, California. Year 1923 ( MCMXXIII) was a Common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Rice is a Cereal foodstuff which forms an important part of the diet of many people worldwide and as such it is a staple food for many Colusa is the County seat of Colusa County California. The population was 5402 at the 2000 census The field was owned by the Hung Sa Dan, or Young Korean Academy, a Korean independence movement which trained young Koreans to become leaders of their country once it became free from Japanese rule. Because Koreans could not own land, the Academy used Philip's American citizenship and put the property in his name. But because of heavy rains, the rice crops failed, and Philip found himself deep in debt not of his own making.
Philip's father was in Asia working for independence, so the younger Ahn had to support his mother and four younger siblings. He worked as an elevator operator in Los Angeles. An elevator or lift is a Transport device used to move people or goods vertically from one floor to another Los Angeles (lɑˈsændʒələs los ˈaŋxeles in Spanish) is the largest City in the state of California and the American West
In 1934 Philip began attending the University of Southern California. Year 1934 ( MCMXXXIV) was a Common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The University of Southern California (commonly referred to as USC, SC, Southern California, and incorrectly Although he was interested in the import-export business, a conversation with his father, who told him that if he really wanted to be an actor he had to commit to being the best actor he could be, convinced him to begin taking acting and cinematography courses. See also Filmmaking Cinematography (from Greek: kinesis κινησις (movement and grapho γραφω (to record is the discipline While in school he appeared in a stage production of Merrily We Roll Along, which toured in the Western United States.
While still in college, Philip served as president of the Cosmopolitan Club, chairman of the All University Committee on International Relations, and assistant to the dean of men, as advisor for foreign student affairs. Philip was responsible for organizing visits by many foreign dignitaries, including Princess Der Ling of China, Indian journalist Chaman Lal and archeologist-explorer Robert B. "Princess" Der Ling ( Chinese: 德龄 Pinyin: Dé Líng (1885-1944 was a Manchu, the daughter of Yu China ( Wade-Giles ( Mandarin) Chung¹kuo² is a cultural region, an ancient Civilization, and depending on perspective a National India, officially the Republic of India (भारत गणराज्य inc-Latn Bhārat Gaṇarājya; see also other Indian languages) is a country Stacey-Judd. Following his sophomore year, however, Philip dropped out of school to pursue acting full time.
Philip's first film was A Scream in the Night in 1935. Year 1935 ( MCMXXXV) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. He appeared in the Bing Crosby film Anything Goes the following year, although director Lewis Milestone had initially rejected him because his English was too good for the part. Harry Lillis “Bing” Crosby ( May 3, 1903 &ndash October 14, 1977) was an Academy Award winning American Popular Lewis Milestone (born Lev Milstein) ( September 30 1895 - September 25 1980) was an Academy Award -winning motion picture English is a West Germanic language originating in England and is the First language for most people in the United Kingdom, the United States He appeared in many other films in this period, including Klondike Annie, The General Died at Dawn, The Good Earth, Thank You, Mr. Moto, Charlie Chan in Honolulu, King of Chinatown and Daughter of Shanghai. Klondike Annie is a 1936 Black-and-white comedy film starring Mae West and Victor McLaglen. The General Died at Dawn is a 1936 film that tells the story of a Mercenary who meets a beautiful girl while trying to keep arms from getting to a vicious The Good Earth ( 1937) is a film about Chinese farmers who struggle to survive Daughter of Shanghai is a 1937 American motion picture directed by Robert Florey, written by Gladys Unger and Garnett Weston,
Ahn starred opposite Anna May Wong in the last two films, leading to gossip that the two would marry, but they never did. Anna May Wong (or Wong Liu Tsong,, January 3 1905 – February 2 1961 was an American actress, the first Chinese American movie star and the first He later starred in The Story of Dr. Wassell and Stowaway, opposite Shirley Temple. The Story of Dr Wassel is a World War II film set in the Dutch East Indies, directed by Cecil B Shirley Jane Temple (born April 23, 1928) is an Academy Award -winning Actress and Tap dancer, most famous for being an iconic He also appeared in The Keys of the Kingdom opposite Gregory Peck in 1944. The Keys of the Kingdom is a 1941 novel by A J Cronin. Spanning four decades it tells the story of Father Francis Chisholm an unconventional Gregory Peck (April 5 1916 &ndash June 12 2003 was an Academy Award -winning and four-time Golden Globe Award-winning American Film Philip Ahn appeared in "They Got Me Covered" with star Bob Hope.
During the war years, he played many Japanese characters in various war films. Because of the violent hatred of Japanese during the war, many movie viewers sent him death threats. Partly in order to counter the image of him as an evil Japanese soldier, Philip Ahn joined the United States Army, but he was forced out because of a bad ankle. The United States Army is a military organization whose primary mission is to "provide necessary forces and capabilities. During his brief time in the Army, he served in Special Services, entertaining troops.
Following the war, Ahn appeared in Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing, Around the World in Eighty Days, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Paradise, Hawaiian Style, with Elvis Presley. Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing is a 1955 film Set in 1949-50 Hong Kong, it tells the story of a married but separated This article is about the 1967 film For the Broadway musical see Thoroughly Modern Millie (musical. Paradise Hawaiian Style is a 1966 music Comedy film starring Elvis Presley. One of the rare times he actually played a Korean character was in the 1956 Korean War film Battle Hymn. Battle Hymn ( 1957) is a Universal Studios Feature film starring Rock Hudson as Colonel Dean E In the 1950s, he opened a Chinese restaurant with his sister, Soorah. The 1950s Decade refers to the years of 1950 to 1959 inclusive "Phil Ahn's Moongate Restaurant" was one of the first Chinese restaurants in the San Fernando Valley, and existed for over thirty years before finally closing. The San Fernando Valley or The Valley is an urbanized Valley located in the north-western section of the city of Los Angeles California, United States
Ahn was always involved in the Korean community of Los Angeles. He worked hard to make Los Angeles a sister city of Pusan, Korea. He also helped to bring the Korean Friendship Bell to San Pedro. San Pedro is a beach community within Los Angeles California, USA The Bell has been seen in many subsequent movies. He served as honorary mayor of Panorama City for twenty years. Panorama City is a district in the San Fernando Valley region of the City of Los Angeles California.
In 1968, Ahn made a USO tour of Vietnam, visiting both American and Korean troops throughout South Vietnam. Year 1968 ( MCMLXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. "USO" redirects here for other uses see USO (disambiguation The United Service Organizations Inc Vietnam (ˌviːɛtˈnɑːm Việt Nam) officially "RVN" redirects here RVN is also the former callsign of a TV station in Wagga Wagga New South Wales Australia
Ahn's last major role was that of "Master Kan" in the television series Kung Fu. A television program (US television programme (UK or television show (U This article is specifically about the original TV series (1972–1975 "Kung Fu" A life-long Presbyterian, Ahn felt that the Buddhist homilies his character quoted did not contradict his own personal religious philosophy. Presbyterianism is a family of Christian denominations within the Reformed branch of Protestant Western Christianity Buddhism is a family of beliefs and practices
Philip worked to have his father and mother buried together in Seoul. Seoul ( soʊl is the Capital and largest City of South Korea. His father had been buried far from the city because the Japanese hoped to play down his independence work. His mother had died in California. They had not seen each other from the time Dosan returned to Korea in 1926, before the birth of his youngest son. Year 1926 ( MCMXXVI) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Working with the Korean government, Ahn helped to establish a park to celebrate his father's worth, and was able to have his parents buried there, together.
Philip Ahn has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a Sidewalk along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Hollywood Los Angeles California, USA, that
Philip's younger brother, Philson Ahn, worked until his death in 2001 to preserve Korea's tradition from falling apart. He worked with a gentleman named Joseph Shin to preserve the culture with his boy scout troop, and had a small acting career as well. He was best known as "Prince Tallen" in the twelve-episode serial Buck Rogers with Buster Crabbe. Serials, more specifically known as Movie serials or Film serials, were Short subjects originally shown in theaters in conjunction with a Feature Buck Rogers ( 1939) is a Universal serial film based on the Buck Rogers Comic strip. Buster Crabbe ( February 7, 1908 &ndash April 23, 1983)