Kwan Hi Lim

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Kwan Hi Lim
Born (1922-07-11)July 11, 1922
Maui, Hawaii
Died December 22, 2008(2008-12-22) (aged 86)
Honolulu, Hawaii
Nationality Korean American
Known for Hawaii Five-O, Magnum, P.I.

Kwan Hi Lim (Hangul:임관희; July 11, 1922 – December 22, 2008) was an American actor.

Life and career[edit]

A native of Hawaii, he was one of the many locals who have been used in TV series and movies that took place on the islands. Lim appeared frequently on the TV series Hawaii Five-O, where he primarily portrayed villains. He was also known to many as the recurring character Lt. Yoshi Tanaka of the Honolulu Police Department on Magnum, P.I..

Lim worked as an attorney since 1953, retiring in the 1990s. He got his first television role in his 40's when he was flirting with some tourists after coming from surfing and a casting director from Hawaii Five-O spotted him. Lim never had any formal training throughout his acting career. After Magnum, P.I., he acted sporadically and was also a per diem judge for the Family Court system in Honolulu.[1]


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