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Keye Luke
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    (June 18, 1904-January 12, 1991)
    Born in Guangzhou, China
    Portrayed Charlie Chan's 'Number One Son' Lee in a series of 10 movies (1935-49)
    Portrayed Kato in two Green Hornet movies (1940-41)
    Portrayed intern Lee Wong Howe in five Dr. Kildare movies (1942-47)
    Portrayed Master Po in the series 'Kung Fu' (1972-75)
    Also appeared in the movies 'The Good Earth' (1937), 'The Phantom of Chinatown' (1941), 'Love Is a Many Splendored Thing' (1955), 'Gremlins' (1984) and 'Alice' (1990)
    He described himself as a 'Cantonese ham.'
    He played Lee Chan so long that in the last two movies he was older than the actor playing Charlie Chan.
    He was considered but rejected for the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in 'Star Wars' (1977).
    He was a successful artist who painted the ceiling of Grauman's Chinese Theatre, murals used in the films 'The Shanghai Gesture' (1941) and 'Macao' (1952), and artwork used for the original press books for 'King Kong' (1933).
    He became the first Oriental actor to portray Charlie Chan when he provided the voice for the animated series 'The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan' (1972).
    He received the first Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Association of Asian/Pacific American Artists (1986).

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