The British-born Chinese actor enjoyed a lengthy film and TV career, but his most famous role was as Peter Sellers' assistant Cato in the 'Pink Panther' movies.
British-born actor Burt Kwouk, famous for his role as manservant Cato opposite Peter Sellers’ portrayal as Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther movies, has died at the age of 85.
A statement from his agent given to the BBC on Tuesday revealed the news. “Beloved actor Burt Kwouk has sadly passed peacefully away May 24th,” it read. “The family will be having a private funeral but there will be a memorial at a later date.”
Soon after the news broke, tributes started arriving from the world of film and television, with the likes of Al Murray, Kathy Burke and filmmaker Duncan Jones remembering him fondly.
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That's a tricky place to start, and it doesn't go entirely well. Finally acknowledging the death of Peter Sellers three years earlier, Curse posits that Clouseau is still missing and that, well, somebody ought to find him. Enter what the studio obvious hoped would be a replacement for Sellers, Ted Wass, playing "the world's second best detective," Sergeant Clifton Sleigh. (Of course, Wass didn't really take, the movie flopped, and that was that. Wass is now a television director, but he's best known for his work playing the dad on TV's Blossom.)
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Trail certainly isn't historically unique in its use of archival footage to create a role for a passed-on movie star, but it's inarguably one of the ballsiest attempts at it. Sellers isn't some bit player (like Lawrence Olivier in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow), he's the star. He's Inspector freakin' Clouseau, and he's in more than half of the running time of the film.
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