Randall Duk Kim

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Randall Duk Kim
Born (1943-09-24) September 24, 1943 (age 77)
Hawaii, United States[1]
Years active1968–present
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Deokmun
McCune–ReischauerKim Tŏk-mun

Randall Duk Kim (born September 24, 1943) is an American stage, film, and television actor.


Kim was born and raised in Hawaii.[2] [3][4][5][6][7]

Kim began doing theatre since he was 18 years old.[8]

Kim 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 theatre.

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 theatre's artistic director.[10]

Kim starred in Chin's second play, The Year of the Dragon in 1974. He was 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]

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

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

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

Personal life[edit]

Kim is married to actress and fellow American Players Theatre co-founder, Anne Occhiogrosso.[16]



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 Credited as Randall Kim; "By the Numbers" (#1.9), "Deathwatch" (#1.11), "King Kamehameha Blues" (#2.8)
2001 100 Centre Street Pham Van Trong "Hostage" (#1.5)
2006 Thief Uncle Lau Pilot (#1.1), "Flight" (#1.5), "In the Wind" (#1.6)
2008 Cashmere Mafia John Mason "The Deciders" (#1.4)
2008 New Amsterdam Donald Chen "Legacy" (#1.6)
2008 Fringe Dashiell Kim "The Equation" (#1.8)
2011 Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Master Oogway (voice) "Ghost of Oogway" (#1.14)

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 (voice)


  1. ^ http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2003/May/25/il/il03a.html
  2. ^ http://www.randalldukkim.com/
  3. ^ Starpulse: biography
  4. ^ filmbug biography
  5. ^ Yahoo movie biography
  6. ^ amctv short bio
  7. ^ american players theatre history
  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.
  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, doi:10.2307/2869313, JSTOR 2869313
  13. '^ Hiatt, Brian (May 22, 2003). "The Matrixs Keymaker speaks out". EW.com. Retrieved 2021-04-27.
  14. ^ Marshall, Rick. "Three Exclusive 'Dragonball Evolution' Clips -- See 'Em Here First!". MTV News. Retrieved 2021-04-27.
  15. ^ Post, The Jakarta. "'Kung Fu Panda 3' continues the franchise's awesomeness". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 2021-04-27.
  16. ^ Nutt, Bill (April 10, 2015). "'Then Came Each Actor' comes to Centenary Stage". Daily Record. Retrieved 2021-04-27.

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