Actor, b. 1930, said to still be alive.
Burt Kwouk was born in England, but spent most of his childhood in Shanghai. His acting career took him first to roles calling for a "typical Chinaman" and then to filling the need for a parody of the martial arts movies made popular by Bruce Lee. This led to his most well known role as Cato Fong in the Pink Panther films. Cato was the karate expert hired by Inspector Clouseau as houseboy and... well, to keep Clouseau sharp by attacking him without warning no matter what the circumstances. Their epic battles would invariably destroy Clouseau's apartment and would end only when the phone rang.
"Inspector Clouseau's residence...
Yes, just a moment please."
Kwouk's roles outside of Blake Edwards' Pink Panther franchise would mainly take the form of action films in which his martial arts abilities would take a more prominent role than his comedy. He would take roles in television as well as film, and in 2001 appeared in two films, although he has now taken to the role of the wise, elder Asian advisor.
Check out Revenge of the Pink Panther and pay close attention to what becomes of Burt Kwouk's Cato when he comes to believe Clouseau is dead...
Some information garnered from allmovie.com and other randomly stumbled upon sites as well as personal memory.