Burt Kwouk, Cato from Pink Panther, dies age 85

British-born actor who grew up in China starred in three James Bond movies and Last of the Summer Wine as well as his celebrated role alongside Peter Sellers

Pink Panther star Burt Kwouk, best known for playing Inspector Clouseaus manservant Cato opposite Peter Sellers, has died aged 85.

A statement from the Warrington-born performers agent to the BBC disclosed the news. No level of detail were given as to cause of death.

Beloved actor Burt Kwouk has sadly passed peacefully away May 24, the statement read. The household will be having a private funeral but there will be a memorial at a later date.

Kwouk shot to worldwide renown as Cato, known for his trademark unexpected assaults on Clouseau. These were designed to keep the incompetent police detective on his toes at all days, but usually resulted in the ruining of the Frenchmans flat.

Kwouk played Cato in seven Pink Panther cinemas between 1964 and 1993. His final appearance was in the 1993 non-Sellers endeavour Son of the Pink Panther, starring Roberto Benigni as Clouseaus illegitimate son.

Kwouk, who despite being born in the UK lived with his Chinese mothers in Shanghai until he was 17, also starred in three Bond movies, Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice and the 1967 spoof Casino Royale. He played Entwistle in the BBCs Last of the Summer Wine between 2002 and 2010 and Major Yamauchi in Pacific theatre second world war drama Tenko in 1981.

Kwouk received an OBE for services to drama in 2011.

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