Soon-Tek Oh, a pioneering figure in Asian-American theater who acted with Roger Moore in Man with the Golden Gun voiced Fa Zhou in two Mulan films, has died at the age of 85, multiple sources have confirmed.
According to actor Chil Kong, the Korean-American actor died on Wednesday in Los Angeles after a long fight with Alzheimer’s. Under Oh's guidance, Chil co-founded the Lodestone Theatre Ensemble in Los Angeles.
Soon-Tek Oh, Asian-American Theater Pioneer, and Voice of Mulan’s Father Dies at Age 85
Source: Satellite News
Born on 29 June 1932 Oh was attended high school in South Korea and went on to Yonsei University in Seoul. Later, he attended the University of Southern California and received an MFA from UCLA.
In a tribute to Oh, actor Tim Lounibos wrote,
He awakened within me a life-changing cultural and community awareness; and while we continually performed and interacted with Korean American partner organizations over the next five years or so, Mr. Oh constantly coached and mentored me,
Chil, on the other hand, wrote,
I will never be able to re-pay him for what he did for me. How he shaped me as an artist, as a community leader, and as a parent. All I can do is promise to stay true to my artistic self just as Mr. Oh strived to do all his life.
In addition to his voice credits in Mulan, Oh appeared on numerous television series including It Takes a Thief, I Spy, Hawaii Five-O, M*A*S*H, and Charlie’s Angels - throughout his career.
Rest in Peace Oh!