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Soon-Tek Oh Passes Away

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on April 8, 2018 at 4:20 PM

Soon-Tek Oh, one of Five-0's best bad boys, passed away on Wednesday, April 4th, at the age of 85. Born in South Korea in 1932, he passed away in Los Angeles, California, following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's.


Mr. Soon-Tek appeared in eight episodes of Hawaii Five-0, beginning with the pilot, "Cocoon," in which he appeared as one of Wo Fat's lab technicians. He portrayed a good man, Tom Wong, in Season 5's "The Jinn Who Clears the Way" in which he quite painfully came to realize that Wo Fat was using him and, as his family's new patriarch, helped McGarrett recover a stolen military device before it could be delivered to Red China.


He is perhaps best known for his ability to conjure up highly emotional facial expressions for the roles he played. These are seen especially in "The Jinn Who Clears the Way," when Tom Wong realizes Wo Fat, a man he has long admired and respected, is responsible for the deaths of his father and his brother, and in "The Defector" (Season 8 ), when his character, Chaing, wants McGarrett to believe his compatriots are trying to kill him.


Soon-Tek Oh was very active in the promotion of Asian actors in respectable roles and not simply as victims of crime or as enemy agents.

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2 Comments

Reply Honu59
11:36 AM on April 9, 2018 
I remember seeing "The Final Countdown" years ago. It was a very engaging movie. I'd love to see it again. RIP to another Five-O regular guest star who had a long and productive career.
Reply Steve's Girl
10:43 AM on April 9, 2018 
And another death; so sad. Thank you, H50, for letting us know. To Mom and me Soon-Tek Oh was best known and always greeted as "Dr. Lao" ("Sweet Terror", Season 2) no matter where he appeared. For example in "The Final Countdown", a movie Mom and I watched quite often.