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Old 08-29-2005, 08:37 AM
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Asian actors on MASH -- where are they now?

While doing the MASH Trivia thread, I accidentally ran across an actress that I've seen in something more recently. Then after watching an old episode of Monk I ran across another. This got me to thinking that the producers of MASH had a huge pool of Asian actors from which to cast various nameless, replaceable Asian characters in that show. Of which there were many. Some of these may very well have gone on to bigger and better things.

Who are they? So far I have:

Jack Soo, in the episode where Henry gets a new desk and Hawkeye and BJ steal it to buy medications. He went on to be on Barney Miller.

Sylvia Chang, who played a prostitute that Charles fell for. She did a lot of Chinese movies, and was recently the star in the Chinese portion of the multinational film The Red Violin.

Rosalind Chao, who played Soon Yee, who married Klinger in the last episode. Was in Mr. Monk Goes Back to School, What Dreams May Come (as Robin Williams's dead daughter's "new look"), and I Am Sam.

Who else?
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Old 08-29-2005, 08:58 AM
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Larry Hama, who IMDB says was in only one episode, has spent most of the last 30 years writing and editing comics.

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Old 08-29-2005, 09:06 AM
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Rosalind Chao, who played Soon Yee, who married Klinger in the last episode. Was in Mr. Monk Goes Back to School, What Dreams May Come (as Robin Williams's dead daughter's "new look"), and I Am Sam.
She also had a long-term recurring role on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as Keiko O'Brien.
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Old 08-29-2005, 09:07 AM
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Mako played, according to the IMDB
"Li Chan" in episode: "The Best of Enemies" (episode # 9.1) 17 November 1980
"Lt. Hung Lee Park" in episode: "Guerilla My Dreams" (episode # 8.3) 1 October 1979
"Major Choi" in episode: "Hawkeye Get Your Gun" (episode # 5.10) 30 November 1976
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"Dr. Lin Tam" in episode: "Rainbow Bridge" (episode # 3.2) 17 September 1974
Of course, Mako was an established actor before M*A*S*H and continues to act today.
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Old 08-29-2005, 09:10 AM
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Was he the guy that played the North Korean surgeon who shaved his beard and switched sides? And was outed by a suspicious Margaret?

Who was the guy who played Kim Luck? The one who carved the two-by-four ("Used to be round") and who attended the auction ("You wish us all a prostitute?")?
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Old 08-29-2005, 09:13 AM
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Was he the guy that played the North Korean surgeon who shaved his beard and switched sides? And was outed by a suspicious Margaret?
I'm referring to Larry Hama.
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Old 08-29-2005, 09:23 AM
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Rosalind Chao was also excellent in The Joy Luck Club. The only times I've cried since I was 14 have been watching that movie.

tdn, I don't know who Hama played. I know him from comics and have never seen the episode he was in. IMDB says he was in the fifth season.

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Old 08-29-2005, 09:48 AM
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tdn, I don't know who Hama played. I know him from comics and have never seen the episode he was in. IMDB says he was in the fifth season.
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105. The Korean Surgeon (U-814)
November 23, 1976
Written by Bill Idelson
Directed by Gene Reynolds
Guest Stars: Soon Tech Oh, Robert Ito, Larry Hama, Richard Russell
Ramos, Dennis Troy

When Syn Paik (Soon-Teck Oh), a North Korean surgeon, arrives with some
wounded, he is passed off as a South Korean by Hawkeye and B.J., but to no
avail. Hot Lips and Frank try to convince Potter that Paik is a spy. Paik,
Hawkeye, and B.J. agree that it would be in the interest of all for Syn to
leave.
So I got the right episode, but the wrong actor. The title character was played by Soon-Teck Oh. Who was in Mulan and Beverly Hills Ninja and a million other things I've never seen.
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Old 08-29-2005, 10:20 AM
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Looking for some other entries, I ran across this: In the 1982 episode where Charles gets his tooth pulled, there is a young corporal, credited to a young actor named Larry Fishburne. Yes, that Larry Fishburne.
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Old 08-29-2005, 11:59 AM
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No love for Kellye Nakahara? (I guess Nurse Kellye wasn't nameless or replaceable. Read the OP, Doug...)

Kellye lives in Pasadena, has 2 children, and paints. She last did TV in 1999, guesting on Sabrina the Teen-Age Witch.
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Old 08-29-2005, 12:00 PM
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Also mentioned in the cast list of "The Korean Surgeon" is one Robert Ito, whom we all should remember as Quincy 's assistant, Sam Fujiyama, and still acts and does voice work for animation.
And how can we forget Kellye Nakahara (Nurse Kellye)? Her most recent appearance was in Eddie Murphy's Dr. Dolittle in a minor role.
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Old 08-29-2005, 12:21 PM
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No love for Kellye Nakahara? (I guess Nurse Kellye wasn't nameless or replaceable. Read the OP, Doug...)
Haven't forgotten about her, I just haven't gotten to her yet. But yeah, I consider her a regular cast member and not an anonymous one-off guest.
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Old 08-29-2005, 12:22 PM
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Also mentioned in the cast list of "The Korean Surgeon" is one Robert Ito
Who did he play? I remember there were some North Koreans who showed up in a jeep and then took Frank as a hostage. Was he one of them?
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Old 08-29-2005, 12:35 PM
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What about the uncredited actress in the opening montage? Was she an Asian? I don’t think she was a regular cast member, and I remember reading an article many years ago where they tracked her down (sorta like Hazel Frederick in “The Mary Tyler Moore” show—except that her friends and family recognized her immediately when that show debuted).
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Old 08-29-2005, 12:35 PM
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Who did he play? I remember there were some North Koreans who showed up in a jeep and then took Frank as a hostage. Was he one of them?
Checked the IMDB--he is credited in that episode as "North Korean", so he probably was one of the guys in the jeep.
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