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Sammee Tong

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Birth dateApril 21, 1901
Place of birthSan Francisco, California, U.S.
Date of deathOctober 27, 1964(age 63)
Death placePalms, Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Sammee Tong (April 21, 1901 - October 27, 1964) was an American film and television character actor.

He appeared in more than thirty films and some forty television programs between 1935 and 1965. He first appeared in an uncredited role as a waiter in Charlie Chan in Shanghai (1934), and later (also uncredited) as Cheela, the houseboy, in Think Fast, Mr. Moto (1937). In 1956, Tong appeared as Sid in the episode "Ah Sid, Cowboy", with Glenn Strange as Fallon, in Edgar Buchanan's syndicated western series, Judge Roy Bean. He appeared too as "Wong" in the episode "Lost River" of the children's western My Friend Flicka. About this time, he also appeared on Jeannie Carson's short-lived CBS situation comedy Hey, Jeannie!.

From 1957-1962, he appeared as "Peter Tong" in Bachelor Father with costars John Forsythe and Noreen Corcoran. At the time of his suicide, he had appeared as Sammy Ling in the short-lived Mickey sitcom on ABC starring Mickey Rooney. His final screen appearance was posthumously as Cook in the 1965 film Fluffy. He also appeared in such films as the Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (1957), and as a laundry shop owner in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963).

He was a heavy gambler. When the TV series he was on at the time, Mickey with Mickey Rooney was cancelled, he committed suicide by drug overdose in 1964, aged 63.

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