Kam Tong

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Kam Tong
Kam Dai Tong

December 18, 1906
San Francisco, California, USA
DiedNovember 8, 1969(1969-11-08) (aged 62)
Costa Mesa, California, USA
OccupationFilm actor
RelativesFrank Tang (brother)

Kam Tong was a Chinese American actor best known for his role as Hey Boy on the CBS television series Have Gun, Will Travel and as Dr. Li in the film version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Flower Drum Song.[1]

Kam was also a regular on the short run CBS-TV series Mr. Garlund in 1960. He appeared in many movies, often as an uncredited Chinese, Japanese, or Filipino character. He appeared in many television shows, including The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Big Valley, The Time Tunnel, The Final War of Olly Winter, and I Spy.

After serving in World War II in an OSS intelligence unit, he became involved in efforts to raise awareness over gun violence.[2][3] He also owned and operated a restaurant called Shanghai Lil's in San Francisco.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1936 The General Died at Dawn Houseboy Uncredited
1936 Ace Drummond Mongolian Worker Serial, Uncredited
1937 The Good Earth Chinese Peasant Uncredited
1938 International Settlement Waiter Uncredited
1939 The Real Glory Filipino Soldier Uncredited
1940 Drums of Fu Manchu Crawford's Manservant Serial, [Ch.7], Uncredited
1940 The Man I Married Reporter at Nazi Rally Uncredited
1941 Passage from Hong Kong Newsboy Uncredited
1942 The Man Who Came to Dinner Chinese Guest Uncredited
1942 Rubber Racketeers Tom
1942 Lure of the Islands Lt. Kono
1942 Joan of Ozark Japanese Commander Uncredited
1942 Across the Pacific T. Oki
1942 King of the Mounties Japanese Pilot Serial, Uncredited
1942 The Hidden Hand Mallo
1942 China Girl Japanese Doctor Uncredited
1943 They Got Me Covered Hawara Uncredited
1943 Salute to the Marines Japanese Officer Uncredited
1947 Dishonored Lady Courtland's Houseboy Uncredited
1949 State Department: File 649 Chinese Man Uncredited
1952 Hong Kong Jewelry Store Clerk Uncredited
1952 A Yank in Indo-China Major Lao Kay
1953 Target Hong Kong Tai Ching Uncredited
1954 This Is My Love Harry
1955 Soldier of Fortune Needle - Chinese Communist Interrogator Uncredited
1955 Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy Chinese Busboy Uncredited
1955 Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing Dr. Sen Uncredited
1955 The Left Hand of God Moslem Messenger Uncredited
1957 The Seventh Sin Colonel Yu Uncredited
1958 The Hunters Red Chinese Officer Uncredited
1960 Who Was That Lady? Lee Wong Uncredited
1960 Walk Like a Dragon San Uncredited
1961 Flower Drum Song Doctor Li
1963 It Happened at the World's Fair Uncle Walter Ling
1964 The Virginian Ning Yang Episode "Smile of a Dragon"
1964 The Virginian Chang Episode "The Hour of the Tiger"
1966 Women of the Prehistoric Planet Jung
1966 Stagecoach Waldo Uncredited
1966 Mister Buddwing Dice Player #5
1966 Dimension 5 Kim Fong
1967 Kill a Dragon Win Lim
1969 The Big Valley Wong Episode "The Royal Road"
1969 The Mad Room Male Nurse Uncredited, (final film role)

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  1. ^ "Rich Mr. Garland of San Francisco". The San Francisco Examiner. 5 Sep 1960. Retrieved 2019-11-19.
  2. ^ "Pistol with a Past to End Up Somewhere in the Bottom of the Sea". The Los Angeles Times. 27 Jun 1968. Retrieved 2019-11-19.
  3. ^ "Rites to Be Held Tuesday for Actor Kam Tong". The Los Angeles Times. 10 Nov 1969. Retrieved 2019-11-19.
  4. ^ "Sightems-About-Town". The San Francisco Examiner. 1 Oct 1951. Retrieved 2019-11-19.