Fans of classic Hollywood films were devastated this week when Burt Kwouk, known for playing Cato in the Pink Panther films, passed away. He was 85 years-old.
The New York Times reported that Kwouk’s death was announced by his agent Jean Diamond, who did not say when or how he died.
Born in the United Kingdom on July 18, 1930, Kwouk made his film debut in the 1957 movie The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, which starred Ingrid Bergman. He went on to star in the James Bond movies Goldfinger and You Only Live Twice, but it was his role in the Pink Panther comedies for which he is most remembered.
Kwouk entered the Pink Panther films in the second movie of the franchise, A Shot In The Dark. He played Cato, whose main responsibility was to keep Peter Sellers’s bumbling Inspector Jacques Clouseau alert by attacking him when he least expected it. He ended up appearing in seven Pink Panther films, the last of which being 1993’s Son of the Pink Panther.
Kwouk continued acting up until 2010, and was named an officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 2011 for “services to drama.” There is no information available on survivors at this time.