Luke Chan was a Chinese-Canadian character actor and designer who worked in Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s. He was also a prominent figure in the development of Los Angeles's Chinatown neighborhood.
Luke Tin Chan
April 16, 1896
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
|Died||September 30, 1983|
Los Angeles, California, USA
|Alma mater||Columbia University|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Vanvliet (m. 1936)|
Chan graduated from Columbia University, and later married Mary Alice Van Vleet in 1936; she died several years later. He was known for his intellectual manner, and he struck up an enduring friendship with actress Elissa Landi. Like a lot of Chinese actors during this period, he often played Japanese roles.
Chan opened the Chinese Junk Cafe in Los Angeles's Chinatown in the late 1930s. He and fellow actor Johnson Sing spent time designing a large replica of a Chinese pirate ship that adorned the restaurant at 733 N. Main St. (The building later burned down in a fire.) Chan also served as president of the neighborhood's China City Merchants' Association and as Chinatown's unofficial mayor, and helped design the look of the area.
- Saigon (1948)
- Singapore (1947)
- Ladies' Man (1947)
- The Show-Off (1946)
- The Well Groomed Bride (1946)
- Secret Agent X-9 (1945)
- God Is My Co-Pilot (1945)
- Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
- Dragon Seed (1944)
- The Chinese Cat (1944)
- The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944)
- The Purple Heart (1944)
- The Man from Down Under (1943)
- Behind the Rising Sun (1943)
- Night Plane from Chungking (1943)
- Mission to Moscow (1943)
- The Adventures of Smilin' Jack (1943)
- Destination Unknown (1942)
- Somewhere I'll Find You (1942)
- Wake Island (1942)
- Submarine Raider (1942)
- Remember Pearl Harbor (1942)
- A Yank on the Burma Road (1942)
- They Met in Bombay (1941)
- The Real Glory (1939)
- Too Hot to Handle (1938)
- West of Shanghai (1937)
- Roaming Lady (1936)
- Charlie Chan in Shanghai (1935)
- Without Regret (1935)
- The Mysterious Mr. Wong (1934)
- Now and Forever (1934)
- The Secrets of Wu Sin (1932)
- War Correspondent (1932)
- California, Jenny Cho and the Chinese Historical Society of Southern (2013). Chinese in Hollywood. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 9780738599731.
- "Chinese Actors in Great Demand in Movie Studios". The Pittsburgh Press. 30 Aug 1942. Retrieved 2019-11-10.
- "Chinese Minister Dies at 85". The Province. 5 Oct 1948. Retrieved 2019-11-10.
- "Luke Chan Discovers Hollywood No Place for Philosophers". Press and Sun-Bulletin. 29 Jul 1935. Retrieved 2019-11-10.
- "Chinese Actors Are Busy". The Knoxville News-Sentinel. 27 Dec 1942. Retrieved 2019-11-10.
- "Chinatown Rises Anew". The Los Angeles Times. 29 May 1938. Retrieved 2019-11-10.
- "Pirate Junk in China City". The Los Angeles Times. 29 Mar 1939. Retrieved 2019-11-10.
- Cho, Jenny; California, Chinese Historical Society of Southern (2011). Chinatown and China City in Los Angeles. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 9780738581651.
- "Working Mayor". Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph. 15 Nov 1942. Retrieved 2019-11-10.
- Gravari-Barbas, Maria; Graburn, Nelson; Staszak, Jean-Francois (2019-08-28). Tourism Fictions, Simulacra and Virtualities. Routledge. ISBN 9781000681178.
- "'The Purple Heart' Proves Powerful and Dramatic War Film". The Gazette. 1 Apr 1944. Retrieved 2019-11-10.