Keye Luke, 86, actor who played Charlie Chan’s No. 1 son on screen and appeared in nearly 100 films, died Jan. 12 in Whittier, Calif., after suffering a stroke.

Luke’s final film role was as Mia Farrow’s acupuncturist in Woody Allen’s current release “Alice.” He was honored last month with a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Born in Canton, China, and raised in Seattle before settling in Hollywood in 1930, he went on to become one of the industry’s most successful Asian-American character actors.

Television audiences perhaps know him best as Master Po on the series “Kung Fu,” which ran from 1972 to ’75. Po was the blind mentor to the fugitive Buddhist monk David Carradine played.

Luke made his feature debut opposite Greta Garbo in the 1934 film adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham’s “The Painted Veil.”

He played detective Charlie Chan’s No. 1 son in nine films during the 1930s, returning to the Chan films in 1948 in “The Feathered Serpent,” followed a year later by “Sky Dragon.” In 1938 he played second banana to star Peter Lorre in “Mr. Moto’s Gamble.” Luke subsequently made “The Green Hornet” serial and its sequel.

In 1940 he replaced Boris Karloff in the sixth and final Mr. Wong mystery film “Phantom Of Chinatown.”

Though well-known in his Chan supporting role, he also appeared in several other films during the 1930s, including “Oil For The Lamps Of China,” the Peter Lorre classic “Mad Love,” “Shanghai,” the Philo Vance mystery “Casino Murder Case,” the 1936 version of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” “Barricade” and “Disputed Passage.”

Besides numerous programmers during the 1940s, he appeared in the Anna Neagle version of “No, No Nanette,” Bus Berkeley’s “The Gang’s All Here,” Alfred Hitchcock’s “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” Wesley Ruggles’ “Somewhere I’ll Find You,” John Huston’s “Across The Pacific,” “Invisible Agent,” W.S. Van Dyke’s “Journey For Margaret,” Douglas Sirk’s “Sleep My Love” and Michael Curtiz’ “Young Man With A Horn.” He appeared in episodes of MGM’s “Andy Hardy” film series as well as the recurring role of Dr. Lee Won How in the “Dr. Gillespie” films.

More recently his film output slowed, with more tv assignments. In the ’50s he appeared on screen only in “South Sea Woman,” “Fair Wind To Java,” “Hell’s Half Acre,” Robert Aldrich’s “World For Ransom,” “Bamboo Prison,” “Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing,” “Around The World In 80 Days,” “Battle Hell” and Dick Powell’s “The Hunters.”

The following two decades brought only “Project X,” “Nobody’s Perfect,” “The Chairman,” “The Hawaiians,” “Won Ton Ton, The Dog Who Saved Hollywood,” “Amsterdam Kill” and “Just You And Me, Kid.”

During the past 10 years he made a big screen comeback in comedies “They Call Me Bruce?” Joe Dante’s hit “Gremlins,” Blake Edwards’ “A Fine Mess,” “Dead Heat,” the Denzel Washingtonstarrer “The Mighty Quinn” and, finally, “Alice.”

Luke’s numerous tv appearances included the telefilms “Kung Fu,” “The Cat Creature,” “Judge Dee And The Monastery Murders,” “Fly Away Home,” “Cocaine And Blue Eyes,” “Blade In Hong Kong,” the 1985 follow-up “Kung Fu – The Movie” and “Blood Sport.”

He also guested on many tv series, including “Mike Hammer,” “Trapper John, M.D.,” “9 To 5,” “Magnum, P.I.,” “The Judge,” “MacGyver” and “Family Medical Center” as well as appeared in regular roles on “General Hospital” and “Sidekicks.”

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