Richard Loo appears as Agent Wong, a Chinese spy in a ring in which Major Nelson gets kidnapped in an attempt to extort weapons secrets from him in "Jeannie and the Kidnap Caper" in Season 1.
|Date of birth:||1 October 1903|
|Born in:||Maui, Hawaii|
|Died:||20 November 1983(aged 80)|
|Appeared on/in:||I Dream of Jeannie|
|Chinese Secret Agent Wong in "Jeannie and the Kidnap Caper" (Season 1)|
Richard Loo was a veteran Asian character actor who made a guest appearance as Chinese Secret Agent Wong, a Chinese spy in a ring in which Major Nelson gets kidnapped in an attempt to extort weapons secrets from him in "Jeannie and the Kidnap Caper" in Season 1 of I Dream of Jeannie.
A third generation Chinese-American film actor, Richard was one of the most familiar Asian character actors in American films of the 1930s and 1940s. A prolific actor, he appeared in over 120 films between 1931 and 1982.
Richard's stern features led him to be a favorite movie villain, and the outbreak of World War II gave him greater prominence in roles as vicious Japanese soldiers in such successful pictures as The Purple Heart (1944) and God Is My Co-Pilot (1945). Loo was most often typecast as the Japanese enemy pilot, spy or interrogator during the Second World War. According to his daughter, Beverly Jane Loo, he didn't mind being typecast as a villain in these movies as he felt very patriotic about playing those parts.
In 1944 he appeared as a Chinese army lieutenant opposite Gregory Peck in The Keys of the Kingdom. He had a rare heroic role as a war-weary Japanese-American soldier in Samuel Fuller's Korean War classic The Steel Helmet (1951), but he spent much of the latter part of his career performing stock roles in films and minor television roles.
In 1974, he appeared as the Thai billionaire tycoon Hai Fat in the James Bond film, The Man With the Golden Gun, opposite Roger Moore and Christopher Lee.
Loo was also a teacher of Shaolin monks in three episodes of the 1972-1974 hit TV series Kung Fu and made a further three appearances as a different character. His last acting appearance was in The Incredible Hulk TV series in 1981, but he continued to act in Toyota commercials into 1982.
Richard died of a cerebral hemorrhage on 20 November 1983.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Obituary: RICHARD LOO, ACTOR 5 DECADES". The New York Times. November 22, 1983. http://www.nytimes.com/1983/11/22/obituaries/richard-loo-actor-5-decades.html. Retrieved October 21, 2013.