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June 29, 1932|
Mokpo, Japanese Korea (now South Korea)
April 4, 2018 (aged 85)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Other names||Soon-Taek Oh|
|Revised Romanization||O Sun-Taek|
Soon-Tek Oh (Korean: 오순택, Oh Sun-taek – also spelled as Soon-Taek Oh or Soon-Taik Oh or Soon-Teck Oh; June 29, 1932 – April 4, 2018) was a Korean-American actor best known for the voice of Fa Zhou in Disney's Mulan and the direct-to-video sequel Mulan II and the sadistic Colonel Yin in Missing in Action 2: The Beginning. He has starred in many films, and also acted in television series, including Stargate SG-1, MacGyver, M*A*S*H, Charlie's Angels, Airwolf, Magnum, P.I., Hawaii Five-O, Kung-Fu, Zorro, ‘’ Black Sheep Squadron’’, and Touched by an Angel.
Oh was mistakenly said to have been born in Japan, due to his career playing Japanese characters and Korea having been under Japanese rule at the time. He was born in Mokpo, Korea, under Imperial Japanese rule. He emigrated with his family to the U.S. when he was a teenager. Oh attended high school at Gwangju, South Korea, and attended Yonsei University in Seoul, the University of Southern California, and later received an MFA from UCLA.
On Broadway, he appeared in the original cast of the Stephen Sondheim musical Pacific Overtures. He was an early member of East West Players, an Asian American theatre group founded in 1965.
In 1995 he founded the Korean American theatre group, Society of Heritage Performers, which later evolved into the present Lodestone Theatre Ensemble. Since 2005, he had been a chair professor at Seoul Institute of the Arts.
- Murderers' Row (1966) as Tempura – Japanese Secret Agent (uncredited)
- Yongary, Monster From The Deep (1967) as Chinese Agent (uncredited)
- One More Train to Rob (1971) as Yung
- The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) as Lieutenant Hip (as Soon-Tiak Oh)
- Good Guys Wear Black (1978) as Mjr. Mhin Van Thieu – The Black Tigers
- The Final Countdown (1980) as Simura
- The Letter (1982) as Ong
- Bialy smok (1985) as Tai Ching
- Missing in Action 2 (1985) as Colonel Yin
- Yuki Shimoda (1985) as Yuki Shimoda
- Steele Justice (1987) as Gen. Bon Soong Kwan
- Biały smok (1987) as Tai-Ching
- Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987) as the corrupt Detective Philip Nozaki
- Soursweet (1989) as Red Cudgel
- Collision Course (1989) as Kitao
- A Home of Our Own (1993) as Mr. Munimura
- Red Sun Rising (1994) as Yamata
- S.F.W. (1994) as Milt Morris
- Street Corner Justice (1996) as Kwong Chuck Lee
- The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest (1996) as General Yala (voice)
- Beverly Hills Ninja (1997) as Sensei
- Yellow (1998) as Woon Lee
- Mulan (1998) as Fa Zhou (voice)
- The President's Man (2000) as General Vinh Tran
- Roads and Bridges (2001) as Father (voice)
- Forgotten Valor (2001) as Colonel
- True Blue (2001) as Tiger
- The Visit (2002) as Sujong's Father
- SWAT (2002) as Sayonara
- Mulan II (2004) as Fa Zhou (voice)
- Last Mountain (2005) as Karus
- Gang-jeok (2006) as Jong-chae (final film role)
Television (partial list)
- The Invaders (1967) as Houseboy
- Hawaii Five-O (eight episodes; 1968/1979) as Robert Kwon / David Chung / Chaing / Tom Wong / Vic Tanaka / Lao / Lewis Shen / Wo Fat's Lab Technician
- M*A*S*H (1975–1982; five episodes, as five different characters) as Joon – Sung / Ralph / Dr. Syn Paik / Korean Soldier / Mr. Kwang
- Logan's Run (1977) as Dexter Kim
- Baa Baa Black Sheep (1977) as Lieutenant Miragochi / Col. Tokura
- Diff'rent Strokes (1980)
- Magnum, P.I. (1981)
- East of Eden (1981) as Lee
- Quincy, M.E. (1982)
- Girls of the White Orchid (1983) as Hatanaka
- Marco Polo (1983) as Wang Zhu
- The Master (1984) as Lika
- Airwolf (three episodes, as three different characters; 1984/1985/1987) as Minh / Tommy Liu / Hiyashi
- T J Hooker
- MacGyver (1988) as Raymond Ling
- Highlander: The Series (1992) as Kiem Sun
- Babylon 5 (1994) as The Muta-Do
- Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (1994-1995; three episodes) as Bon Bon Hai
- Stargate SG-1 (1997) as Moughal
- King of the Hill (2000) as Monk
- "Soon-Tek Oh, 'Mulan' and 'Man With the Golden Gun' Actor, Dies at 85".
- "About Soon-Tek Oh". Abbey Entertainment Beverly Hills. Archived from the original on 2002-03-15. Retrieved 2007-03-22.
- "R.I.P. Soon-Tek Oh, memorable character actor on M*A*S*H, Charlie's Angels, Hawaii Five-O". Me-TV Network. Retrieved 2018-04-27.
- Nyren, Erin (April 7, 2018). "Soon-Tek Oh, Voice of Mulan's Father and Asian-American Theater Pioneer, Dies at 85".
- Sung, Ji-eun. "Pioneering actor Oh Soon-tek is dead at 85". Korea Joongang Daily. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
- "SDAFF Award Winners | Pacific Arts Movement". pacarts.org. Retrieved 2018-04-27.