9 April 2021

Published April 7, 2021 by rochellewisoff

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Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 100


“Hey kid.”

Philip stood beside his car, waiting for his sweetheart Anna May Wong. He startled to see movie idol Douglas Fairbanks scrutinizing him. “Me?”

“Yeah, you. You have presence.”

The actor insisted the boy make a screen test.

Still in makeup, heart racing, Philip took a contract home. Instead of the accolades he hoped for, his mother flew into a rage.

She tore the papers to shreds. “No son of mine is getting mixed up with those awful people.”

Two-hundred movies and television shows later, Korean-American actor Philip Ahn laughed. “I’ll never forget. She grounded me for three days.”


Although you might not be familiar with his name, I’ll bet many of you remember his face. 

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85 comments on “9 April 2021

  • Great story. It is a name that should be known more than it is, and does a younger audience even remember the face? Of course I watched Kungfu religiously as a kid, but that was a long time ago! (Remembering context, I think I was 7 or 8). And then that was just one role…

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    • Dear Trent,

      Sadly, the current generation might possibly have caught him in reruns. I made it my mission in the days of watching MASH reruns (I have the whole set on DVD) to find out more about the queue of Asian actors who received so little credit. Thank you re my story.




  • This is great. My friend Radames Pera played the young Caine in Kung Fu and he said that Phil would arrive in a stretch limo wearing a feather boa and high heels, swishing around and calling everybody darling. He and Keye Luke didn’t know what to make of Carradine, who was a complete wild man, sometimes showing up to the set high on acid. Radames had lots of great stories about growing up with the 70s TV kids, especially Danny Bonaduce (who apparently was exactly the kid you see in the Partridge Family) and Brandon Cruz.

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    • Dear Josh,

      In the end none of us knew what to make of David Carradine. 😉 Now I have a mental image of Mr. Ahn that I can’t unsee. I would love to hear some more of Radames’ stories. Those couple alone are worth the price of admission. Thank you re my story and for the fun trivia.




  • another excellent life story brought to light, Rochelle. And I agree wholeheartedly with his view about international relations. We need to see all types of people before we can begin to know and better understand them.

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  • I don’t know his name or his face, but Anna May Wong was featured in a documentary series I watched on the history of film. This just goes to show, even mothers aren’t infallible.

    That’s a great quote at the end. I think a lot of our prejudices come from inexperience and ignorance.

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  • Thank goodness he persisted despite his mom’s attempt at dissuading him. One of those actors that help make cinema good but so often overlooked. I remember him in Kung Fu TV series but other than that, no.

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    • Dear Penny,

      The grounding I didn’t make up. 😉 He said she wouldn’t let him out of the house. Fortunately his father saw a couple of years down the road that Philip was serious about wanting to be an actor. Thank you for your kind words.




      • I watch it everyday, since well before I can remember. It was one of the first tv programs I saw when we first got a tv. I think I was about 16 at the time, and the tv was a very old b/w that took 20 min just to warm up… literally had vacuum tubes in it. The size of a small refridgerator, too. we watched the evening news and MASH, then the tv would die.


  • Dear Rochelle,

    Exactly what my mother would have done to me, by the way! Bridging cultures, classes, and worlds is a worthy enterprise, especially if you have fun doing it, and Philip Ahn sounds like he did. What a break though! Got lucky and then his talent saw him through.


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  • kahlil gibran’s advice to parents on children rings true then as it’s today:

    You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
    For they have their own thoughts.
    You may house their bodies but not their souls,
    For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
    You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.

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    • Dear Emmett “Why not you?” Kelly,

      Charlie Chan was a wise man. Although I was never a fan. 😉 Philip Ahn was definitely in the right place at the right time. (If you haven’t already, scroll up and read J Hardy’s brilliant comment.) Thank you.


      Olive Brasno W(T)F


      • Enjoyed Josh’s comment. I always love those behind the scenes stories that enlighten us. While not a big fan of Charlie Chan, I must admit it was a highly successful with over four dozen movies made. I wish someone would make a series featuring Colton Lowry. 🙂


  • Love this story! Thank you!
    Timing can be everything, can’t it?…

    Speaking of, a little later in participating (and reading – which I only do after I write mine), this week, but glad I checked it out today. Put mine in the linky. A different kind of ‘opportunity’ …

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    • Na’ama Y’karah,

      No worries. I’m behind in reading and replying. Sitting here trying not to doze off. ON the other hand, why not doze off…I’m retired. 😉 Thank you for your lovely comments.

      Shalom and zzzzz,


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    • Dear Francine,

      You might be surprised when he turns up in an old rerun that you’ve seen. 😉 Thank you for your kind words. I have thought about doing an audio-book of my own novels but I’m not really sure how to make that happen. You’re not the first person to say that. Again thank you.




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