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Burt Kwouk
Born 18 July 1930 (1930-07-18) (age 79)
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Years active 1957–present
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Guo.

Burt Kwouk (Chinese: 郭弼pinyin: Guō Bì) (born 18 July 1930 in Manchester, England, United Kingdom) is an English-born actor who was raised in Shanghai until he was about 17 years old.

He has appeared in numerous films and television programmes. He may be most famous for playing Cato, Inspector Clouseau's man-servant in the Pink Panther films. The running gag was that Cato was ordered to attack Clouseau when he least expected it to keep him alert, usually resulting in Clouseau's apartment being wrecked. Amid the chaos, the phone would ring and Cato answered it with "Hello: Inspector Clouseau's residence," before dutifully handing the phone to his employer.

His sharp features found him often cast as a villain, and he has the distinction of appearing in more James Bond films in differing roles than any other actor.

In Goldfinger (1964) he was an eastern agent counterpart of Bond's; in the spoof Casino Royale (1967) he was a General and in You Only Live Twice (1967) he played the part of a Japanese operative of Ernst Stavro Blofeld. He also appeared as the honourable, but misguided Major Yamauchi in the 1980s World War II television drama, Tenko.

In another notable film role, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958) Burt was the leader of a prison revolt who later aids the main character in heroically leading orphans to safety, but dies in the attempt.

During the 1970s, Kwouk featured in many UK television productions that called for a man of East Asian appearance. As a result, he became something of a cult figure in the United Kingdom and appeared as himself in The Harry Hill Show. From 2001 to 2004 he provided voice-overs on the spoof Japanese betting show Banzai and subsequently appeared in adverts for betting company, Bet365.[1] Since 2002 he has had a recurring role in the long-running series Last of the Summer Wine, as Entwistle (2002-present). His later work also includes voice acting in the audio theatre and video game genres.

Most recently he voiced the dragon Shen in the BBC series Spirit Warriors (TV Series). The show is due to air in January 2010, on BBC One.


Selected filmography




Audio theatre

Video games

  • Fire Warrior (2003), El'Lusha
  • Eyetoy: Play (2003), Announcer


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