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. Lim had an office on the 3rd floor of an old mixed-use office building on King Street in the Chinatown section of Honolulu. He was once asked why he always played the "bad guy" in the Hawaii 5-0 series. He attributed it to "the way I squint my eyes, I just look evil". He got his first television role in his 40s 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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