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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, ‘’ Black Sheep Squadron’’, and Touched by an Angel.

Soon-Tek Oh
Soon-Tek Oh in Beverly Hills Ninja.jpg
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



Oh was mistakenly said to have been born in Japan, due to his career playing Japanese characters and Korea having been under Japanese rule at the time. He was born in Mokpo, Korea, under Imperial Japanese rule. He emigrated with his family to the U.S. when he was a teenager. Oh attended high school at Gwangju, South Korea, and attended Yonsei University in Seoul, the University of Southern California, and later received an MFA from UCLA.[2]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]


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]

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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".
  2. ^ "About Soon-Tek Oh". Abbey Entertainment Beverly Hills. Archived from the original on 2002-03-15. Retrieved 2007-03-22.
  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 2018-04-27.
  4. ^ Sung, Ji-eun. "Pioneering actor Oh Soon-tek is dead at 85". Korea Joongang Daily. Retrieved 7 April 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 1 October 2018.
  6. ^ "SDAFF Award Winners | Pacific Arts Movement". Retrieved 2018-04-27.

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