Burt Kwouk, mostly known for his role as Cato Fong in the Pink Panther films died on May 24 aged 85.
The actor was born in Warrington, to Chinese parents but was raised in Shanghai until he was 17 years old, when his family returned to England. He then went to the US for studies in 1953, before returning to England in 1954 and being dragged into acting by girlfriend.
Kwouk firstly portrayed Inspector Clouseau’s servant Cato in the ‘A Shot in the Dark’ of 1964 and played in another six ‘Pink Panther’ movies until 2006. He also took part in the 1967 James Bond ‘Casino Royale’ and appeared in more than 35 movies throughout his career.
He had a noticeable TV career, including appearances in ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘The Avengers’, as well as a starring role in BBC’s sitcom ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ from 2002 to 2010.
Kwouk was appointed a Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to drama in 2011.The actor, who has a 42-year-old son, Christopher, from his marriage to Caroline Tebbs, will be lead to rest at a private family funeral, followed by a public memorial service.