Robert Lee (actor, born 1914)

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Robert Lee
Born 1914 (age 102–103)
Tianjin, China
Residence Hampstead, London, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1944-2010

Robert Lee (born 1914) is a retired Chinese actor based in the United Kingdom. Born in Tianjin, he arrived in England to study, receiving a bachelor's degree in history from Trinity College, Cambridge. He then worked at several Chinese and Japanese restaurants before being encouraged by friends to become an actor. Lee played supporting roles in many films and television programmes throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, and was frequently called upon whenever a production required an East Asian character. His film appearances include You Only Live Twice (1967) and Half Moon Street (1986), and his television appearances include The Avengers, The Chinese Detective and The Bill, but his best known role is as Tarō Nagazumi, the Japanese business executive and English language student, in the sitcom Mind Your Language from 1977 to 1979. Lee retired from acting in 2010. He has never married, citing marriage in a 1984 interview as "Too much responsibility", and lives in a flat in Hampstead, north London. [1]

TV and filmography[edit]

Year Film Role
2006 Angela's Eyes (episode 9 - Lyin' Eyes) Teacher
1992 Prototype aka Prototype X29A Protector
1988 CBS Summer Playhouse Mayor
1988 Silent Whisper Mayor
1987 Ping Pong Mr. Chen
1986 Half Moon Street Chinese Ambassador
1986 A Cor do seu Destino The Officer
1985 John and Yoko: A Love Story Eisuke Ono
1984 Tenko Mr. Ling
1984 The Bill Chinese Restaurateur
1984 Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense Chong Woy
1983 Reilly: Ace of Spies Admiral Togo
1983 High Road to China Zura
1982 Britannia Hospital Mr. Banzai
1982 Tout feu, tout flamme aka Tout feu tout flamme (France: DVD title) aka All Fired Up
1981 The Chinese Detective Joe Ho
1980 The Professionals Shusai
1979 Porridge Tinkler
1979 Hawaii Five-O Airport Guard
1979 The Bark and the Bite Airport Guard
1978 It Ain't Half Hot Mum
1977 To Die in Paradise Kauai Police Captain
1977 Mind Your Language Tarō Nagazumi
1975 Deadly Persuasion Capt. Tanaka
1975 The Defector Lew Kameka
1961 The Sinister Man Nam Lee
1961 Visa to Canton (also known as Passport to China in the USA) Chinese Officer
1960 The World of Suzie Wong Barman
1952 Outcast of the Islands Extra in Snooker Room scenes


  1. ^ Ooi, Teresa (19 February 1984). "Friends told him to act". The Straits Times. p. 15. Retrieved 8 March 2016 – via NewspaperSG. 

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