Kam Tong

Kam Tong was a Chinese American actor best known for his role as Hey Boy on the CBS television series Have Gun, Will Travel and as Dr. Li in the film version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Flower Drum Song.[1]

Kam Tong
Kam Dai Tong

December 18, 1906
San Francisco, California, USA
DiedNovember 8, 1996(1996-11-08) (aged 89)
Costa Mesa, California, USA
OccupationFilm actor
RelativesFrank Tang (brother)

Kam was also a regular on the short run CBS-TV series Mr. Garlund in 1960. He appeared in many movies, often as an uncredited Chinese, Japanese, or Filipino character. He appeared in many television shows, including The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Big Valley, The Time Tunnel, The Final War of Olly Winter, and I Spy.

After serving in World War II in an OSS intelligence unit, he became involved in efforts to raise awareness over gun violence.[2][3] He also owned an operated a restaurant called Shanghai Lil's in San Francisco.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1936The General Died at DawnHouseboyUncredited
1936Ace DrummondMongolian WorkerSerial, Uncredited
1937The Good EarthChinese PeasantUncredited
1938International SettlementWaiterUncredited
1939The Real GloryFilipino SoldierUncredited
1940Drums of Fu ManchuCrawford's ManservantSerial, [Ch.7], Uncredited
1940The Man I MarriedReporter at Nazi RallyUncredited
1941Passage from Hong KongNewsboyUncredited
1942The Man Who Came to DinnerChinese GuestUncredited
1942Rubber RacketeersTom
1942Lure of the IslandsLt. Kono
1942Joan of OzarkJapanese CommanderUncredited
1942Across the PacificT. Oki
1942King of the MountiesJapanese PilotSerial, Uncredited
1942The Hidden HandMallo
1942China GirlJapanese DoctorUncredited
1943They Got Me CoveredHawaraUncredited
1943Salute to the MarinesJapanese OfficerUncredited
1947Dishonored LadyCourtland's HouseboyUncredited
1949State Department: File 649Chinese ManUncredited
1952Hong KongJewelry Store ClerkUncredited
1952A Yank in Indo-ChinaMajor Lao Kay
1953Target Hong KongTai ChingUncredited
1954This Is My LoveHarry
1955Soldier of FortuneNeedle - Chinese Communist InterrogatorUncredited
1955Abbott and Costello Meet the MummyChinese BusboyUncredited
1955Love Is a Many-Splendored ThingDr. SenUncredited
1955The Left Hand of GodMoslem MessengerUncredited
1957The Seventh SinColonel YuUncredited
1958The HuntersRed Chinese OfficerUncredited
1960Who Was That Lady?Lee WongUncredited
1960Walk Like a DragonSanUncredited
1961Flower Drum SongDoctor Li
1963It Happened at the World's FairUncle Walter Ling
1964The VirginianNing YangEpisode "Smile of a Dragon"
1964The VirginianChangEpisode "The Hour of the Tiger"
1966Women of the Prehistoric PlanetJung
1966Mister BuddwingDice Player #5
1966Dimension 5Kim Fong
1967Kill a DragonWin Lim
1969The Big ValleyWongEpisode "The Royal Road"
1969The Mad RoomMale NurseUncredited, (final film role)


  1. "Rich Mr. Garland of San Francisco". The San Francisco Examiner. 5 Sep 1960. Retrieved 2019-11-19.
  2. "Pistol with a Past to End Up Somewhere in the Bottom of the Sea". The Los Angeles Times. 27 Jun 1968. Retrieved 2019-11-19.
  3. "Rites to Be Held Tuesday for Actor Kam Tong". The Los Angeles Times. 10 Nov 1969. Retrieved 2019-11-19.
  4. "Sightems-About-Town". The San Francisco Examiner. 1 Oct 1951. Retrieved 2019-11-19.
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