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Burt Kwouk, famous for playing Cato in the Pink Panther films, has died

The 85-year-old actor died peacefully.

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BURT KWOUK, WHO played martial arts expert, Cato, in the Pink Panther films has died.

The 85-year-old actor is said to have “passed peacefully” today according to his agent, Jean Diamond.

She did not give the cause of death.

Kwouk is most famous for his role in the Pink Panther films opposite Peter Sellers’ Inspector Clousseau.

In 1964 Blake Edwards cast him in A Shot in the Dark, a comedy set around Sellers’ character Clousseau.

He starred as Cato, Clousseau’s manservant who attacked his employer regularly to keep him alert.

He starred in half a dozen more Pink Panther films throughout his life.

In 2011 he was awarded with an Order of the British Empire in London.

Burt Kwouk death Source: AP

Kwouk was born in Northwest England but raised in Shanghai.

His breakout role came in 1958 in the film The Inn of the Sixth Happiness.

He also appeared in two James Bond films, Goldfinger and You Only Live Twice.

Tributes have been posted on social media since the news of his death.

His agent Diamond said his funeral would be a private affair.

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