Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Kwan Hi Lim 1922-2008

Kwan Hi Lim was a lawyer by trade. From Korean ancestry, born in Maui, Hawaii, he attended Boston Law College in 1947 and later Duke University. But from about 1970 through 1992, he appeared in many films and television shows filmed on the islands. He was Lt. Tanaka on Magnum, P.I. some 30 times; and he appeared in at least 25 episodes of Hawaii Five-O over a 10+ year period, almost always as a villain. A small, distinguished looking man with white hair, in his later years he was an elected Judge. Lim could play deadly serious, but also had a flair for comedy. The photo at the right shows Mr. Lim in retirement at the age of 82 in 2004. We learned of his death at 86 from a notice in the SAG magazine, Screen Actor. He passed away in Hawaii back on December 22, 2008.


Anonymous said...

Loved his evil characters on 5-0, but very curious. Could that have been him in the movie "Go For Broke", 1951? He was around 20 at the time. His name is not Kwan Hi Lim in the movie credits, so not sure if he did go under a different name.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps the greatest guest ever on Hawaii Five O.

If only he was here to help impeach Barry Obama, another gangster from Hawaii, or so he says (kenya)

Lance Valentino said...

My mother was his girlfriend for quite a few years in the 60's & maybe into the early 70's. I guess I knew a side of him in a more personal way, he made PEANUT SOUP that to this day a good memory. Wish I had the recipe?