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Khigh Alx Dhiegh (/ˌkˈd/ KY-DEE or /ˌkˈd/ KY-DAY) (born Kenneth Dickerson on August 25, 1910, in Spring Lake, New Jersey, died October 25, 1991, in Mesa, Arizona)[1] was an American television and motion picture actor of Anglo-Egyptian Sudanese ancestry, noted for portraying East Asian roles. He is perhaps best remembered for portraying villains, in particular his recurring TV guest role as Chinese agent Wo Fat on Hawaii Five-O (from the pilot in 1968 to the final episode in 1980), and brainwashing expert Dr. Yen Lo in 1962's The Manchurian Candidate.[2] In 1968, Dhiegh appeared in the television series It Takes A Thief (season 2, episode 12, "To Catch A Roaring Lion") as Chinese agent Fu Cheng. He also starred in the short-lived 1975 TV series Khan! as the title character. In 1988, he was featured as Four Finger Wu in James Clavell's Noble House television mini-series. He also guest starred in Ironside (episode: "Love My Enemy"), The Wild Wild West (episodes: "The Night of the Samurai" and "The Night of the Pelican"), and in the Jake and the Fatman episode "Wish You Were Here."

Khigh Dhiegh
Khigh Dhiegh in trailer for The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Kenneth Dickerson

(1910-08-25)August 25, 1910
DiedOctober 25, 1991(1991-10-25) (aged 81)
OccupationFilm, television actor
Years active1950-1990
Spouse(s)May Dickerson (?-?) 2 children

In 1965, Dhiegh recorded and released an album on Folkways Records, entitled St. John of the Cross: Volume II, a collection of poems of St. John.[citation needed]

Besides his acting endeavors, Dhiegh was active in Taoist philosophy, writing a number of books on the subject, including The Eleventh Wing (ISBN 0-385-28371-7). He founded the Taoist Sanctuary (now the Taoist Institute) in Hollywood, California. Dhiegh also had a doctorate in theology, and in his later years, was the rector for a Taoist sanctuary in Tempe, Arizona called 'Inner Truth Looking Place.' He held weekly services and sponsored many 'Tea Ceremonies' in the Phoenix metro area. One of his last interviews was on One World in 1990, where he presented the concept of World Citizenry and its benefit to mankind.[3] Dhiegh's contributions to Taoism are discussed in some detail in the book Taoism for Dummies (John Wiley and Sons Canada, 2013).

Select filmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1957 Time Limit Col. Kim
1962 The Manchurian Candidate Dr. Yen Lo
1963 13 Frightened Girls Kang
1965 How to Murder Your Wife Bald Actor playing Thug
1966 Seconds Davalo
1968 The Destructors King Chou Lai
1968-1980 Hawaii Five-O Wo Fat 15 episodes
1970 The Hawaiians Kai Chung
1971 The Mephisto Waltz Zanc Theun
1974 Judge Dee and The Monastery Murders Judge Dee
1978 Goin' Coconuts Wong


  1. ^ Komjathy, Louis. "Daoist teachers in North America" (PDF). Pacific Lutheran University via Centre for Daoist Studies. Archived from the original (pdf) on February 3, 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-07. Includes short biographical summary of Khigh Dhiegh.
  2. ^ Dr. Lo proudly asserted that the subject's minds were not only "brain-washed", but they were also "dry-cleaned".
  3. ^ One World interview

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