Randall Duk Kim

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Randall Duk Kim
Born (1943-09-24) September 24, 1943 (age 79)
Hawaii, United States[1]
Years active1968–present
SpouseAnne Occhiogrosso
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Deokmun
McCune–ReischauerKim Tŏk-mun

Randall Duk Kim (born September 24, 1943) is an American stage, film, and television actor. He is a co-founder of the American Players Theatre.


Kim was born to a fundamentalist Baptist family of Chinese and Korean descent in Hawaii.[2] He grew up on a farm near the Koko Head Crater. He developed an interest in acting as a child after seeing the musical Oklahoma! at the Honolulu Community Theatre. In high school, he often watched plays at the University of Hawaii. After graduating high school, while visiting family in San Diego, he visited the Old Globe Theatre where he saw The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, and Richard III. He credited Morris Carnovsky for inspiring him to become an actor. In 1964, Kim and his friend Charles Bright moved to New York City to pursue acting careers. Bright became an apprentice with the Association of Producing on the Phoenix at 74th Street. Kim and Bright befriended the house manager and the house manager gave Kim unsold seats at shows. Kim spent time in London between 1966 and 1967 where he acquired a part time job and watched shows from the Royal Shakespeare Company.[3][4][5][6]

He is married to actress and fellow American Players Theatre co-founder, Anne Occhiogrosso.[7]



Kim began doing theater when he was 18 years old.[8] He has portrayed a wide variety of roles on the stage, focusing upon Western classical works, including Shakespeare, Chekhov, Ibsen and Molière. He has spent most of his career in theater.

Kim starred in the first play written by an Asian American to be produced professionally in New York, The Chickencoop Chinaman by Frank Chin, which was mounted by The American Place Theatre in 1972.

Kim co-founded the American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wisconsin with Anne Occhiogrosso and Charles Bright in 1977.[9] He was the theater's artistic director.[10]

In 1974, Kim starred in Chin's second play, The Year of the Dragon. Also that year, he became one of the first Asian-American actors to play a leading role in an American production of a Shakespeare play when he played the title role in The New York Public Theater's 1974 production of Pericles, Prince of Tyre.[11]

Kim played the title role in Hamlet at the Guthrie Theatre in 1978–79.[12]

He played Kralahome in the 1996 revival of The King and I on Broadway, later succeeding to the leading role. Other Broadway credits include Golden Child and the revised version of Flower Drum Song, both written by David Henry Hwang.

Film and television[edit]

Kim portrayed the Keymaker in the film The Matrix Reloaded (2003).[13] He was originally asked by casting director Mali Finn for the role.[8]

In 2008, he played mathematician Dashiell Kim in the episode "The Equation" of the television series Fringe.

He played Grandpa Gohan in the live action Dragonball Evolution (2009).[14]

Kim voiced Po's and Shi-Fu’s teacher, Grand Master Oogway, in Kung Fu Panda (2008) and Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016).[15]



Year Title Role Notes
1970 The Hawaiians Asia at 19 Uncredited
1970 Tora! Tora! Tora! Tadao - Japanese Messenger Boy Unconfirmed; uncredited
1974 Nourish the Beast Actor Credited as Randy Kim; television film
1995 Prisoners in Time Nagase Takashi Television film
1998 The Replacement Killers Alan Chan
1998 The Thin Red Line Nisei Interpreter Uncredited
1999 Anna and the King General Alak
2001 The Lost Empire Shu
2003 MTV Movie Awards Reloaded Keymaker Short television film
2003 The Matrix Reloaded Keymaker
2005 Memoirs of a Geisha Dr. Crab
2006 Falling for Grace Mr. Hung
2007 Tailor Made Wong Short film
2007 Year of the Fish Auntie Yaga/Old Man/Foreman
2008 Kung Fu Panda Master Oogway Voice
2008 Secrets of the Furious Five Master Oogway Voice
2009 Dragonball Evolution Grandpa Gohan
2009 Ninja Assassin Tattoo Master
2010 The Last Airbender Old Man in Temple
2011 Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters Master Oogway Voice
2014 John Wick Continental Doctor
2016 Kung Fu Panda 3 Master Oogway Voice
2019 John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Continental Doctor

TV series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1968–1969 Hawaii Five-O Eddie/John Lo/Oscar 3 episodes
2001 100 Centre Street Pham Van Trong Episode: "Hostage"
2006 Thief Uncle Lau 3 episodes
2008 Cashmere Mafia John Mason Episode: "The Deciders"
New Amsterdam Donald Chen Episode: "Legacy"
Fringe Dashiell Kim Episode: "The Equation"
2011 Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Master Oogway

Voice, 2 episodes

2012 Person of Interest Mr. Han Episode: "Many Happy Returns"
Elementary Old Man Episode: "You Do It Yourself"
2022 The Boys Presents: Diabolical John Voice, episode: "John and Sun-Hee"
TBA Avatar: The Last Airbender Wan Shi Tong

Video games[edit]

List of voice performances in video games
Year Title Role
2003 Enter the Matrix Keymaker
2005 Red Ninja: End of Honor Shingen
2007 Stranglehold James Wong
2015 Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends Master Oogway


  1. ^ http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2003/May/25/il/il03a.html[dead link]
  2. ^ https://jadtjournal.org/2022/05/23/randall-duk-kim-a-sojourn-in-the-embodiment-of-words/?format=pdf
  3. ^ https://performingartslegacy.org/kimrandall/
  4. ^ "Home". randalldukkim.com.
  5. ^ filmbug biography
  6. ^ american players theatre history
  7. ^ Nutt, Bill (April 10, 2015). "'Then Came Each Actor' comes to Centenary Stage". Daily Record. Retrieved 2021-04-27.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ a b Epstein, Daniel Robert. "Randall Duk Kim". Underground Online. Archived from the original on February 6, 2005. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
  9. ^ Christians, Lindsay (May 24, 2017). "Players' Progress: American Players Theatre celebrates big changes in Spring Green". madison.com. Retrieved 2021-04-27.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ Shipp, E. R. (1986-09-16). "WISCONSIN SAVES A RURAL THEATER". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-04-27.
  11. ^ ​Pericles, Prince of Tyre​ at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
  12. ^ George, David (Spring 1979), "Shakespeare in Minneapolis", Shakespeare Quarterly, Folger Shakespeare Library, 30 (2): 219–221, doi:10.2307/2869313, JSTOR 2869313
  13. '^ Hiatt, Brian (May 22, 2003). "The Matrixs Keymaker speaks out". EW.com. Retrieved 2021-04-27.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ Marshall, Rick. "Three Exclusive 'Dragonball Evolution' Clips -- See 'Em Here First!". MTV News. Retrieved 2021-04-27.
  15. ^ "'Kung Fu Panda 3' continues the franchise's awesomeness". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 2021-04-27.

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