Asian born actor Soon-Tek Oh died April 4 in Los Angeles as a result of Alzheimer’s Disease at the age of 85.

While Oh worked to break the stereotypes of Asians; he also portrayed a number of those roles early in his career.

Along with his on screen appearances, Oh performed on the stage; first with the East West Players, the Korean American Theater Ensemble (later the Society of Heritage Performers), and a production on Broadway – “Pacific Overtures”.

Oh made his screen debut in 1965 in the television series “I, Spy”; from there he went on to appear in over 100 film and television productions including “The Wackiest Ship in the Army”, “The Wild Wild West”, “It Takes a Thief”, “Night Gallery”, “The Magician”, “Kung Fu”, Lieutenant Hip in the James Bond film “The Man with the Golden Gun”, the made for TV movie “Pacific Overtures”, “How the West Was Won”, “Hawaii Five-O”, “The Final Countdown”, “M*A*S*H”, the TV mini-series “Marco Polo”, “Airwolf”, “Magnum P.I.”, “MacGyver”, “Highlander”, “Babylon 5”, “Kung Fu: The Legend Continues”, “Stargate SG-1”, the voice of Fa Zhou in “Mulan” and “Mulan 2”, and his final role in 2006 in “Les formidables”.

He was born Sun-taek Oh on June 29, 1932 in Mokpo in what was Japanese occupied Korea. He moved to the United States in 1959 after graduating from Yonsei University in Seoul. Oh then earned a master’s degree in playwriting and acting from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA).

He is survived by his son James and sister Onjah.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Soon-Tek Oh played five different characters on &quot;M*A*S*H&quot;.<a href=”https://t.co/CAxT9vcUS6″>https://t.co/CAxT9vcUS6</a&gt; <a href=”https://t.co/nc6Xymq7Lv”>pic.twitter.com/nc6Xymq7Lv</a></p>&mdash; Todd Vaziri (@tvaziri) <a href=”https://twitter.com/tvaziri/status/983097882478706688?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>April 8, 2018</a></blockquote>
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