Soon-Tek Oh (1932–2018)

Actor Soon-Tek Oh, who guest starred in five episodes of M*A*S*H between 1974 and 1982, died last Wednesday (April 4) at the age of 85. Born in Korea under Japanese rule, Oh later emigrated to the United States with his family. He began acting in the mid-1960s with guest starring roles on TV shows like I Spy, The Invaders, and The Wild Wild West. He played Lieutenant Hip in the 1974 James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun and voiced Fa Zhou in the 1998 Disney film Mulan (and its 2004 sequel).

Still from the M*A*S*H episode Love and Marriage showing Soon-Tek Oh.

Sooh-Tek Oh as Mr. Kwang in “Love and Marriage” (Season 3).

Oh made his first guest appearance on M*A*S*H during Season 3, playing Mr. Kwang in “Love and Marriage.” He portrayed the unnamed Korean soldier in “The Bus” during Season 4. Then came “The Korean Surgeon” during Season 5, in which Oh played the title character, Dr. Paik. Later, during Season 8, he played another North Korean soldier in “The Yalu Brick Road.” Hawkeye and B.J. decide to call him Ralph. His final guest role came during Season 11. Oh played a South Korean translator named Joon-Sung in “Foreign Affairs.”

(In 1981, Oh made a guest appearance on Trapper John, M.D..)

Still from the M*A*S*H episode The Korean Surgeon showing Soon-Tek Oh.

Soon-Tek Oh as Dr. Paik in “The Korean Surgeon” (Season 5).

Obituaries can be found at Deadline Hollywood, The Hollywood Reporter, and Variety.

(via Deadline Hollywood)


  • 007 says:

    One of my favorite guests from the show. All the roles he played were great. Also (obviously) as a Bond fan, always enjoyed his appearance in The Man With the Golden Gun.

    The rate of the M*A*S*H family departing lately is depressing and I fear it’s only going to get worse. The inevitability of time.

    RIP Soon Tek Oh.

  • John n burns says:

    You were tops mr Oh,and the world was blessed with a great talent.Rest in peace and God speed to you . I’ll really miss you .

  • Cathy says:

    Just watched an episode of Baa Baa Black Sheep and Soon Tek Oh played a Japanese officer. He was both handsome and talented. I think it takes a lot of talent to appear in the same show… MASH and make each chacter believable individuals. I will miss seeing his face in the future. My condolences to his family. They are undoubtedly very proud of him.

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