He has appeared in numerous films and
television programmes. He may be most famous for playing Cato (Fong), Inspector
Clouseau's man-servant. The running gag was that Cato was ordered to attack
Clouseau when he least expected it to keep him alert, usually resulting in
Clouseau's flat being wrecked. Amid the chaos, the phone would ring and Cato
would answer it with "Hello: Inspector Clouseau's residence," before dutifully
handing the phone to his employer.
He was a stalwart of the ITC television film
series when an oriental character was required. He co-starred in 12/13 episodes
of The Sentimental Agent (1963).
Kwouk has appeared in three James Bond films.
In Goldfinger (1964) he played a Chinese counterpart of Bond's; in the
spoof Casino Royale (1967) he played a general and in You Only Live
Twice (1967) Kwouk played the part of a Japanese operative of
In 1968 he appeared in The Shoes of the
Fisherman opposite Laurence Olivier and Anthony Quinn. Kwouk also appeared
as the honourable but misguided Major Yamauchi in the 1980s World War II
television drama Tenko.
A reference to his appearances in several films
with Peter Sellers is found in the opening scene of The Fiendish Plot of Dr.
Fu Manchu where Sellers says to him "your face is familiar."
Kwouk featured in many UK television
productions that called for a man of Oriental appearance. As a result, he became
a familiar face in the United Kingdom and appeared as himself in The Harry
Hill Show as well as several of Hill's live tours.