‘Pink Panther’s Burt Kwouk Dies Aged 85
Actor Burt Kwouk has died, aged 85. Kwouk, who is best known for playing Inspector Clouseau’s manservant Cato Fong in the original Pink Panther films, passed away on Tuesday. His cause of death was not disclosed.
“Beloved actor Burt Kwouk has sadly passed peacefully away May 24,” his agent announced in a statement. “The family will be having a private funeral but there will be a memorial at a later date.” Kwouk was born in Cheshire, England, but was raised in Shanghai, China, until he returned to England with his Chinese parents at the age of 17. He began his acting career after attending university in the U.S. The actor played Fong in six Pink Panther films between 1975 and 1993, mostly opposite Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau. They had a running gag where Fong was made to attack Clouseau when he was least expecting it to keep him alert. He also had a role in 2001’s Kiss of the Dragon and in three James Bond films: Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice, and 1967’s Casino Royale as different characters. Kwouk was also a regular face on British television in Tenko, Danger Man, and Last of the Summer Wine between 2002 and 2010, and Howard’s Way, and The Harry Hill Show as himself between 1997 and 2000. The actor was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2011 for his services to drama. He married Caroline Tebbs in 1961 and they had a son together named Christopher in 1974.