Keye Luke

Actor, Commercial artist, Poster designer
Born in China but raised from childhood in Seattle, Luke entered the film industry as a billboard artist and caricaturist doing layout work for movie houses. He first acted when an MGM producer needed a Chinese actor ... Read more »
Born: 06/18/1904 in China

Filmography

Actor (78)

Reading Rainbow 1982 - 2003 (TV Show)

Narrator

Chipmunks 1983 - 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

Alice 1990 (Movie)

Dr Yang (Actor)

Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990 (Movie)

Mr Wing (Actor)

The Mighty Quinn 1989 (Movie)

Dr Raj (Actor)

Dead Heat 1988 (Movie)

Mr Thule (Actor)

The 1988 Miss Universe Pageant 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The New Adventures of Jonny Quest 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Voice

Sidekicks 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

A Fine Mess 1986 (Movie)

Ishimine (Actor)

Blood Sport 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends 1981 - 1986 (TV Show)

Voice

Gremlins 1984 (Movie)

Grandfather (Actor)

Fly Away Home 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Unit 4 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Brothers 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Planets 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Voice

Just You and Me, Kid 1979 (Movie)

Dr Device (Actor)

Jabberjaw 1976 - 1978 (TV Show)

Voice

The Amsterdam Kill 1978 (Movie)

Chung Wei (Actor)

Harry O 1974 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan 1972 - 1974 (TV Show)

Voice

Anna and the King 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Kung Fu 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hawaiians 1970 (Movie)

Foo Sen (Actor)

Star Trek 1966 - 1969 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Chairman 1969 (Movie)

Professor Soong Li (Actor)

Nobody's Perfect 1967 (Movie)

Gondai-san (Actor)

Love Is a Many Splendored Thing 1955 (Movie)

Elder Brother (Actor)

The Bamboo Prison 1954 (Movie)

Li Chung (Actor)

World For Ransom 1954 (Movie)

Wong (Actor)

Fair Wind to Java 1953 (Movie)

Pidada (Actor)

Tokyo Rose 1946 (Movie)

(Actor)

Across the Pacific 1941 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Gang's All Here 1940 (Movie)

(Actor)

Charlie Chan at the Olympics 1936 (Movie)

Lee Chan (Actor)

The Good Earth 1936 (Movie)

(Actor)

King of Burlesque 1934 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Yank on the Burma Road (Movie)

Kim How (Actor)

Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble (Movie)

Dr. Lee (Actor)

Anything Goes (Movie)

Chinaman (Actor)

Barricade (Movie)

Ling (Actor)

Blade in Hong Kong (TV Show)

Actor

Burma Convoy (Movie)

Lin Tai Yen (Actor)

Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo (Movie)

Lee Chan (Actor)

Charlie Chan at the Circus (Movie)

Lee Chan (Actor)

Charlie Chan at the Opera (Movie)

Lee Chan (Actor)

Charlie Chan at the Race Track (Movie)

Lee Chan (Actor)

Charlie Chan in Paris (Movie)

Lee Chan (Actor)

Charlie Chan in Shanghai (Movie)

Lee Chan (Actor)

Charlie Chan on Broadway (Movie)

Lee Chan (Actor)

Cocaine and Blue Eyes (TV Show)

Actor

Disputed Passage (Movie)

Andrew Abbott (Actor)

Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case (Movie)

Dr. Lee Wong How (Actor)

Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant (Movie)

Dr. Lee Wong How (Actor)

First Yank into Tokyo (Movie)

Haan-Soo (Actor)

International Settlement (Movie)

Dr. Wong (Actor)

Invisible Agent (Movie)

Surgeon (Actor)

Kung Fu (TV Show)

Actor

Kung Fu: The Movie (TV Show)

Actor

Let's Go Collegiate (Movie)

Buck Wing (Actor)

Mexican Spitfire's Elephant (Movie)

Lao Lee, Chinese Magician (Actor)

Mr. Moto's Gamble (Movie)

Lee Chan (Actor)

Mr. and Mrs. North (Movie)

Kumi (Actor)

No Hands on the Clock (Movie)

(Actor)

No, No Nanette (Movie)

(Actor)

Oil for the Lamps of China (Movie)

Young Chinese (Actor)

Phantom of Chinatown (Movie)

Jimmy Wong (Actor)

Salute to the Marines (Movie)

"Flashy" Logaz (Actor)

Sleep, My Love (Movie)

Jimmie (Actor)

South Sea Woman (Movie)

(Actor)

The Cat Creature (TV Show)

Actor

The Feathered Serpent (Movie)

Lee Chan (Actor)

The Gang's All Here (Movie)

George (Actor)

The Last Electric Knight (TV Show)

Actor

They Met in Bombay (Movie)

Mr. Toy (Actor)

Three Men in White (Movie)

Dr. Lee Wong How (Actor)

Biography

Born in China but raised from childhood in Seattle, Luke entered the film industry as a billboard artist and caricaturist doing layout work for movie houses. He first acted when an MGM producer needed a Chinese actor with good English diction for a supporting role in the 1934 Greta Garbo film "The Painted Veil."

Relationships

Ethel Longenecker

Daughter

Ethel Davis

Wife
married from 1942 until her death in 1979

EDUCATION

University of Washington

Seattle , Washington

Franklin High School

Seattle , Washington 1922

Milestones

1935

Starred as No. 1 Son in first of 13 Charlie Chan films

1934

Became an actor when an MGM producer needed a Chinese actor with educated diction to play a supporting role in the Greta Garbo film, "The Painted Veil"

Entered the film industry as a billboard designer and caricaturist for Fox West Coast Theaters and RKO Studios

Immigrated to USA as child and grew up in Seattle, WA

Bonus Trivia

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Founding member of the Screen Actors Guild.

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He won the first Lifetime Achievement Award bestowed by the Association of Asian/Pacific American Artists (1986)

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A month before his death, Luke was honored by a sidewalk star in the Hollywood Hall of Fame (December, 1990)

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