Highly rare vintage 10x8-inch black and white publicity portrait, dated 1947, boldly signed and inscribed in blue fountain pen in the 1940s. Gentle brushing to the ink in the area of his surname, but the writing is completely legible. Otherwise, in good condition for its age, with a few gentle handling dings, invisible when the photo is viewed head-on. Character actor Philip Ahn, who was Korean-American, portrayed hundreds of Chinese and Japanese characters in films and television programs of the 1930s through 1970s. While he was typically cast as kindly, soft-spoken servants and neighbors, sympathetic types, he also excelled in villainous "Yellow Peril" roles. Of particular note were his performances in The Good Earth (1937), Think Fast, Mr. Moto (1937), Thank You, Mr. Moto (1937), Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1938), Dragon Seed (1944), The Purple Heart (1944), Blood on the Sun (1945), Back to Bataan (1945), Charlie Chan in the Chinese Ring (1947), The Cobra Strikes (1948), the horror classic The Creeper (1948), Women in the Night (1948), Around the World in Eighty Days (1956), and Shock Corridor (1963).