Ric Young (born 1944) is a British character actor. He is best known for his role as Dr. Zhang Lee in the TV series Alias, and as the henchman Kao Kan in the Steven Spielberg film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
Young was born in Kuala Lumpur in 1944 as Wing-Wah Yung. He trained as an actor first at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and then moved to Los Angeles to study method acting under Shelley Winters and Lee Strasberg.
Originally, Young at 12 year old was taking part in radio sketches in Kuala Lumpur. He came to Britain in 1958 and got a break in London. An introduction to Mike Todd led to a small part in film The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958). After he went to Italy and stayed on in Rome for five months to appear in Italian movie and television. Back to Britain he performed under name Eric Young appearing in TV shows in the 1960s and '70s such as The Saint, The Avengers, Blake's 7, The Tomorrow People, Somerset Maugham Hour, The Champions, Danger Man, The Chinese Puzzle, Are You Being Served? and Room Service.
Young has since appeared in many memorable roles, often as a villain. Some of the best-known are as Kao Kan in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, as Bruce Lee's father in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993), as Mao Tse-Tung in Nixon (1995), as General Chang Jing Wu in Seven Years in Tibet (1997), as Mr. Kwai in The Transporter (2002) and as Henry Lee in The Corruptor (1999).
Young's prominent television roles include a recurring role as Dr. Zhang Lee on the TV series Alias (2001–04). He is among the performers who can lay claim performing in both the original versions of the TV series The Saint (in 1964) and Hawaii Five-O (in 1976) and their updated versions Return of the Saint (in 1978) and Hawaii Five-O (in 2010).
|1958||The Inn of the Sixth Happiness||Uncredited|
|Rascel marine||Soldato Giapponese||as Eric Yong|
|1961||The Terror of the Tongs||Confucius|
|The Sinister Man||John Choto|
|1962||Satan Never Sleeps||Junior Officer||Uncredited|
|The Face of Fu Manchu||Grand Lama|
|The Brides of Fu Manchu||Control Assistant|
|1967||You Only Live Twice||Chinese Agent||Uncredited|
|Pretty Polly||Lim Kee|
|1974||Sex Play||Wang Lo|
|1983||High Road to China||Kim Su Lee|
|1984||Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom||Kao Kan|
|Success Is the Best Revenge||Chinese Waiter|
|1987||Ping Pong||Alan Wong|
|The Last Emperor||Interrogator|
|1988||Keys to Freedom||Lieutenant Kwong|
|1993||Cyborg 2||Bobby Lin|
|1993||Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story||Lee Hoi-chuen (Bruce's Father)|
|1997||Booty Call||Mr. Chiu|
|Seven Years in Tibet||General Chang Jing Wu|
|1999||The Corruptor||Henry Lee|
|2000||Chain of Command||Ken Fung|
|2001||Kiss of the Dragon||Mr Big|
|2002||Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity||Bing Lai|
|The Transporter||Mr. Kwai|
|2007||American Gangster||Khun Sa|
|2010||The 41-Year-Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It||North Korean Dictator||Direct-to-DVD|
|Getting Back to Zero||Big Boss Man|
|1959||The Voodoo Factor||The Malayan||The Malayan|
|1960||Somerset Maugham Hour||Kong||Flotsam and Jetsam|
|The Odd Man||Chinese waiter||Episode 3|
|Danger Man||Ming||The Journey Ends Halfway|
|Danger Man||Police Lieutenant||The Honeymooners|
|1961||Danger Man||Mr. Toy||The Actor|
|The Avengers||Suchong||Kill the King|
|Ghost Squad||Robert E Lee||Hong Kong Story|
|1962||The River Flows East||Chinaman||2 episodes|
|Man of the World||Chou||The Frontier|
|1963||Zero One||Jerry||Deadly Angels|
|Ghost Squad||Barman||East of Mandalay|
|Espionage||Captain Li||The Dragon Slayer|
|1964||The Saint||Lo Yung||Jeannine|
|1966||Out of the Unknown||Munder||The Eye|
|1968||The Champions||Ho Ling||The Beginning|
|The Champions||Burmese Police Captain||The Gun-Runners|
|1969||Strange Report||Sung-Lee||Report 2641: Hostage – If You Won't Learn, Die!|
|Doctor in the House||Chinese student||Getting the Bird|
|W. Somerset Maugham||Ong Chi Seng||The Letter|
|1970||W. Somerset Maugham||Oakley||The Door of Opportunity|
|The Troubleshooters||Nivilak||Who Did You Say Inherits the Earth?|
|1972||Jason King||Airport Barman||Every Picture Tells a Story|
|Doctor in Charge||First Interpreter||Yellow Fever|
|The Onedin Line||Johnny Heave-Ho||Fetch and Carry|
|The Onedin Line||Liu Chan||Race for Power|
|1974||Bless This House||Si Ann||The Bells Are Ringing|
|The Tomorrow People||Lee Wan||The Doomsday Men|
|ITV Playhouse||Mr. Yamada||Love Affair|
|Microbes and Men||Shiga||The Search for the Magic Bullet|
|The Chinese Puzzle||China||6 episodes|
|1975||Are You Being Served?||Mr. Kato||The Hands of Fate|
|1976||The XYY Man||Li Tshien||The Resolution & The Execution (2 episodes)|
|Hawaii Five-O||Chinese travel agent||Nine Dragons|
|1977||Crown Court||Sherpa Solo Khombu||An Upward Fall|
|1978||Gangsters||Double Petal||Double Peril & Enter the White Devil (2 episodes)|
|The Doombolt Chase||Statesman||Death Beacon|
|Return of the Saint||Surinit||Assault Force|
|The Upchat Connection||Tourist||Mystery Tour|
|1979||Room Service||Tin Tin||6 episodes|
|1980||Blake's 7||Ginka||Children of Auron|
|Spearhead||Sergeant Weng||The Macau Connection|
|1981||Tenko||Father Lim||2 episodes|
|1983||Reilly: Ace of Spies||Sergeant||Prelude to War|
|1984||The Brief||Mr. Sun||No Questions|
|1988||Noble House||Tsu-Yan||4 episodes|
|1989||Booker||Japanese Boss||High Rise|
|1995||Signs and Wonders||Father Mercy||4 episodes|
|1997–1998||NightMan||Mr. Chang||3 episodes|
|2001–2004||Alias||Dr. Zhang Lee||Recurring role|
|2005||Commander in Chief||Reporter No. 4||Pilot|
|2010||Hawaii Five-0||General Pak||Po'ipu|
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