25 May 2016 Current Affairs: Renowned Pink Panther star Burt Kwouk passed away on 24 May 2016. He was 85. He is survived by his wife Caroline Tebbs and a son.
He was best known for playing Inspector Clouseau's manservant Cato in the Pink Panther films.
Burt Kwouk : Born in Warrington, Cheshire in 1930, Kwouk was raised in Shanghai until he was 17. Kwouk started acting when he returned to England in 1954 after 1949 revolution.His big break came 10 years later when director Blake Edwards offered him the part of Cato Fong, opposite Peter Sellers's Inspector Clouseau.He appeared in seven Pink Panther films opposite Peter Sellers as Clouseau's servant who regularly attacked his employer to keep him alert.Kwouk also appeared in three James Bond films including Goldfinger and You Only Live Twice.He also starred in BBC sitcom Last of the Summer Wine from 2002 to 2010.Kwouk had a long TV career, appearing in numerous TV shows including The Avengers and Doctor Who. He also played Major Yamauchi in the 1980s wartime television drama Tenko. He joined long-running sitcom Last of the Summer Wine as electrician Entwistle - a part that was written with him in mind. He was awarded an OBE for services to drama in the 2011 New Year Honours List.
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