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Burt Kwouk playing Kato with Peter Sellars
"I was born in Manchester. I left before I was one year old…well, to say I left is a bit strong…I was taken away, at the age of one, back to Shanghai. And I grew up there." - Burt Kwouk

Not many people know that Kato, the hilarious karate practicing manservant to the bumbling detective Inspector Clouseau, was born a Manc! Burt Kwouk, who played the hilarious martial art teacher was born on 18th July 1930 in Manchester before departing for Shanghai at the age of one, and eventual international fame via his films with Peter Sellars, a couple of James Bond films and numerous other TV and Film credits.

He appeared in all six of the Pink Panther series, the last two films being shot after Sellars’ death: - A Shot In The Dark (1964); The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976); Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978); Trail of the Pink Panther (1982); Curse of the Pink Panther (1983); Son of the Pink Panther (1993).

Burt he is an actor who seems to have little trouble in finding work. He has featured in over 60 films and countless TV series including...

Inn of the Sixth Happiness 1958
Yesterday’s Enemy 1960
Expresso Bongo 1960
Satan Never Sleeps 1961
Goldfinger 1964
The Brides of Fu Manchu 1965
Our Man in Marrakesh 1966
Casino Royale 1967
You Only Live Twice 1967
Rollerball 1975
Tenko (TV series) 1981
Empire of the Sun 1987
Air America 1990
Carry on Columbus 1992
Leon the Pig Farmer 1992
Bullet To Beijing 1995
Peggy Su! 1996
She Good Fighter 1996
Kiss of the Dragon 2001
The Wonderland Experience 2002
Gate To Heaven 2003
The Stratosphere Girl 2003

Television roles include The Bill, Lovejoy, Keep it in the Family, Last of the Summer Wine, The Saint, The Avengers, The House of Eliott and many more. His voice also appears in the Eye Toy and Warhammer 40,000 video games.

 
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