Soon-Tek Oh

Soon-Tek Oh (Korean: 오순택, Oh Sun-taek – also spelled as Soon-Taek Oh or Soon-Taik Oh or Soon-Teck Oh; June 29, 1932 – April 4, 2018[1]) was a Korean-American actor best known for the voice of Fa Zhou in Disney's Mulan and the direct-to-video sequel Mulan II and the sadistic Colonel Yin in Missing in Action 2: The Beginning. He has starred in many films, and also acted in television series, including Stargate SG-1, MacGyver, M*A*S*H, Charlie's Angels, Airwolf, Magnum, P.I., Hawaii Five-O, Kung-Fu, Zorro, Baa Baa Black Sheep and Touched by an Angel.

Soon-Tek Oh
Soon-Tek Oh as Sensei in Beverly Hills Ninja
Born(1932-06-29)June 29, 1932
DiedApril 4, 2018(2018-04-04) (aged 85)
Other namesSoon-Taek Oh
Years active1967–2006
Soon-Tek Oh
Revised RomanizationO Sun-Taek
McCune–ReischauerO Sun-T'aek

Early life

Oh was born on June 29, 1932 in Mokpo during the period when Korea was under Japanese rule. He attended high school at Gwangju, South Korea, and attended Yonsei University in Seoul.

After the end of Japanese rule in August 1945 and before the outbreak of the Korean War in June 1950, he and his family emigrated to the United States where he attended the University of Southern California. He would later gain an MFA from UCLA.[2]

Acting career

On Broadway, he appeared in the original cast of the Stephen Sondheim musical Pacific Overtures.[3] He was an early member of East West Players, an Asian American theatre group founded in 1965.

In 1995 he founded the Korean American theatre group, Society of Heritage Performers, which later evolved into the present Lodestone Theatre Ensemble. Since 2005, he had been a chair professor at Seoul Institute of the Arts.


Oh died in Los Angeles on April 4, 2018 at age 85 after a long fight with Alzheimer's disease, according to actor Chil Kong.[4][5]

Partial filmography


Television (partial list)


In 2008, Soon-Tek Oh was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the San Diego Asian Film Festival.[6]


  1. "Soon-Tek Oh, 'Mulan' and 'Man With the Golden Gun' Actor, Dies at 85". The Hollywood Reporter. 2018.
  2. "About Soon-Tek Oh". Abbey Entertainment Beverly Hills. Archived from the original on March 15, 2002. Retrieved March 22, 2007.
  3. "R.I.P. Soon-Tek Oh, memorable character actor on M*A*S*H, Charlie's Angels, Hawaii Five-O". Me-TV Network. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  4. Sung, Ji-eun. "Pioneering actor Oh Soon-tek is dead at 85". Korea Joongang Daily. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  5. Nyren, Erin (April 7, 2018). "Soon-Tek Oh, Voice of Mulan's Father and Asian-American Theater Pioneer, Dies at 85". Variety. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  6. "SDAFF Award Winners | Pacific Arts Movement". Retrieved April 27, 2018.
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