Burt Kwouk, best known for starring alongside Peter Sellers in the Pink Panther films, has died.
His agent confirmed that the actor had passed away aged 85. He had also featured in the BBC sitcom Last of the Summer Wine from 2002 to 2010.
“Beloved actor Burt Kwouk has sadly passed peacefully away,” Kwuok’s agent said. “The family will be having a private funeral but there will be a memorial at a later date.”
Kwouk also appeared in three James Bond movies, Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice and the spy comedy Casino Royale.
The actor was born in the UK, but lived in China until he was 17 years old when he moved to the United States.
Kwouk was first cast as manservant Cato in 1964 Pink Panther film A Shot in the Dark. He continued to play the role even after the original Inspector Clouseau, Peter Sellers, passed away in 1980.
He also appeared in Doctor Who 1982 serial Four to Domesday.
Kwouk’s agent Jean Diamond added on Twitter after reporting the news that he was “a dear friend”.
RIP dearly beloved Burt Kwouk. After many joyous years it is with deep sadness that I lose a dear friend and client. Jean.— Diamond Management (@diamond_mgmnt) May 24, 2016
In 2015, he said it was the mixture of ‘martial arts’ and comedy made the Pink Panther double act so exciting. “Clouseau and Cato both think they’re great martial arts masters. In fact they’re not. They’re total incompetents,” he said. “All they succeed in doing is smashing up the flat they live in.”