Philip Moon (actor)

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Philip Moon (born November 5, 1961) is an American actor of Asian descent who has appeared primarily in television. He is best known for playing Keemo Volien Abbott in the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless from 1994 to 1996, Mr. Lee in the TV series Deadwood (2005), and the thug Woo in the 1998 Coen brothers film The Big Lebowski. In 2007 he played the leading role in Allen Blumberg's drama film Ghosts of the Heartland. In 2011 he appeared in the "Dead Ringer" episode of CSI: Miami.


Moon graduated from Hunter College[1] and Yale University in drama.[2] Moon made his screen debut in the 1988 Catlin Adams comedy Sticky Fingers. This was followed by minor roles in the TV series As the World Turns and in Peter Wang's Hong Kong crime comedy The Laser Man in which he played a soldier.[3] In 1991 he appeared in the series L. A. Law, and had minor roles in blockbuster movies such as Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) in which he played a squad member, and Batman Forever (1995) in which he played a newsreader.[4]

In 1994 Moon appeared in the PBS miniseries Tales of the City as Lionel, the father of DeDe Halycon Day's illegitimate twins. He later portrayed Keemo Volien Abbott on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless from 1994 to 1996, which won him a Soap Opera Digest nomination for Outstanding Male Newcomer in 1995.[2] Transatlantic magazine described Moon as a 6'3", muscular "soap stud" with a "soft voice" during this stint playing Abbott.[1]

In 1997 he had a role opposite David Duchovny and Angelina Jolie in Andy Wilson's Playing God.[5] In 1998, Moon starred alongside Jeff Bridges as Woo, one of the "Treehorn Thugs" who urinates on The Dude's rug in The Big Lebowski.[6][7] He is referred to in the film by Bridges as "the Chinaman who peed on my rug",[8] in which John Goodman prompts him that he's "Asian-American". In the late 1990s and early 2000s he had a string of roles playing police officers, including the 1998 TV movie Tempting Fate, the 1998 film Love Kills, and portraying detective Steven Nimh in the series Walker, Texas Ranger opposite Chuck Norris in 2000.

In 2004, Moon had a role as Lieutenant Jim Wong in the popular series 24, followed by a stint as Lee in the series Deadwood in which he appeared in five episodes.[9] In 2007 he had a leading role in Allen Blumberg's drama film Ghosts of the Heartland opposite Michael Santoro and David Midthunder. In 2011 he appeared in the "Dead Ringer" episode of season 10 of CSI: Miami as Don Tillman.[9]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b Transpacific. AsiAm Pub. 1995. p. 30. 
  2. ^ a b "Actor bios". Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Milne, Jeff (20 July 2009). Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon: The Complete Guide to the Movie Trivia Game. Jeff Milne. p. 203. ISBN 978-0-615-28521-4. 
  4. ^ Reinhart, Mark S. (24 November 2004). The Batman Filmography, 2d ed. McFarland. p. 152. ISBN 978-0-7864-6891-1. 
  5. ^ Fhaner, Beth A. (1998). Magill's Cinema Annual: A Retrospective of the Films of 1997. Visible Ink Press. p. 440. ISBN 978-1-57859-056-8. 
  6. ^ Rowell, Erica (30 May 2007). The Brothers Grim: The Films of Ethan and Joel Coen. Scarecrow Press. p. 368. ISBN 978-1-4616-6408-6. 
  7. ^ Russell, Carolyn R. (23 May 2001). The Films of Joel and Ethan Coen. McFarland. p. 174. ISBN 978-0-7864-0973-0. 
  8. ^ Coen, Joel; Coen, Ethan (8 January 2009). The Big Lebowski. Faber & Faber. p. 15. ISBN 978-0-571-24932-9. 
  9. ^ a b "Philip Moon". Retrieved 3 February 2014. 

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