Ric Young

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Ric Young is an English actor who has appeared in over 70 film and television projects. He is known for his role as Dr. Zhang Lee in the TV series Alias.[1]

Early life[edit]

Young was born in London.[2] He trained as an actor first at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.[2] He moved to Los Angeles and studied method acting. He studied with Shelley Winters, among others.[2]



Originally, he performed as Eric Young. Among the shows he appeared in the 1960s and '70s were The Saint, The Avengers, Blake's 7, The Tomorrow People, Somerset Maugham Hour, The Champions, Danger Man, The Chinese Puzzle, Are You Being Served? and Room Service.

Young has appeared in many memorable roles, often as a villain. Some of his best known roles are: as Kao Kan in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, as Bruce Lee’s father in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993), as Mao Tse-Tung in Nixon (1995), as General Chang Jing Wu in Seven Years in Tibet (1997), as Mr. Kwai in The Transporter (2002) and as Henry Lee in The Corruptor (1999).[3]

Prominent television roles include a recurring role as Dr. Zhang Lee on the TV series Alias (2001–04).[3] He is among the performers who can lay claim performing in both the original versions of the TV series The Saint (in 1964) and Hawaii Five-O (in 1976) and their updated versions Return of the Saint (in 1978) and Hawaii Five-O (in 2010).[3]


Young has produced two projects, Paranormal Whactivity,[2] and the short, "Oy Vey!".

Personal life[edit]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1961 The Terror of the Tongs Confucius
The Sinister Man John Choto
1962 Satan Never Sleeps Junior Officer Uncredited
1965 Lord Jim Malay
The Face of Fu Manchu Grand Lama
1966 Invasion The Lystrian
The Brides of Fu Manchu Control Assistant
1967 You Only Live Twice Chinese Agent Uncredited
Pretty Polly Lim Kee
1969 The Chairman Yin
1974 Sex Play Wang Lo
1983 High Road to China Kim Su Lee
1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Kao Kan[4]
Success Is the Best Revenge Chinese Waiter
1987 Ping Pong Alan Wong
Drachenfutter Xiao
The Last Emperor Interrogator
1988 Keys to Freedom Lieutenant Kwong
1993 Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story Lee Hoi-chuen (Bruce's Father)
1995 Nixon Mao Tse-Tung
1997 Booty Call Mr. Chiu
Seven Years in Tibet General Chang Jing Wu
1999 The Corruptor[5] Henry Lee
2000 Chain of Command Ken Fung
2001 Kiss of the Dragon Mr Big
2002 Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity Bing Lai
The Transporter Mr. Kwai
2004 Mickey ESPN Reporter
2007 American Gangster[6] Khun Sa
2013 Betrayal Joey
Getting Back to Zero Big Boss Man
Year Title Role Notes
2001-2004 Alias Dr. Zhang Lee Nightman
2010 Hawaii Five-0 General Pak Po'ipu


  1. ^ Rawson-Jones, Ben (18 November 2007). "Cult Spy's Phobia Corner: Dentistry". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2014-10-03. 
  2. ^ a b c d Moy, Ed (11 November 2010). "Actor Ric Young on 'Hawaii Five-O'". ExaminerCom. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Ric Young at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ Kolker, Robert (2011-06-08). A Cinema of Loneliness. Oxford University Press. pp. 486–. ISBN 9780199910533. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Critics Choice". Daily Mail  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 20 September 2006. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  6. ^ Hunter, Stephen (2 November 2007). "'American Gangster': A Direct Hit". Washington Post  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Retrieved 11 October 2014. 

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