Khigh Dhiegh

Khigh Dhiegh

Khigh Dhiegh in trailer for "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962)
Born Kenneth Dickerson
(1910-08-25)August 25, 1910
Spring Lake, New Jersey, U.S.
Died October 25, 1991(1991-10-25) (aged 81)
Mesa, Arizona, U.S.
Occupation Film, television actor
Years active 1950-1990
Spouse(s) May Dickerson (?-?) 2 children

Khigh Alx Dhiegh (/ˌkˈd/ KY-DEE or /ˌkˈd/ KY-DAY) (born Kenneth Dickerson on August 25, 1910 in Spring Lake, New Jersey, died October 25, 1991 in Mesa, Arizona)[1] was an American television and motion picture actor of Anglo-Egyptian-Sudanese ancestry, noted for portraying Asian roles. He is perhaps best remembered for portraying villains, in particular his recurring TV guest role as Chinese agent Wo Fat on Hawaii Five-O (from the pilot in 1968 to the final episode in 1980), and mind control expert Dr. Yen Lo in 1962's The Manchurian Candidate.[2] He also starred in the short-lived 1975 TV series Khan! as the title character. In 1988, he was featured as Four Finger Wu in James Clavell's Noble House television mini-series. He also guest starred in Ironside (episode: "Love My Enemy"), The Wild Wild West (episode: "The Night of the Samurai"), and in the Jake and the Fatman episode "Wish You Were Here."

In 1965, Dhiegh recorded and released an album on Folkways Records, entitled St. John of the Cross: Volume II, a collection of poems of St. John.

Besides his acting endeavors, Dhiegh was active in Taoist philosophy, writing a number of books on the subject, including The Eleventh Wing (ISBN 0-385-28371-7). He founded the Taoist Sanctuary (now the Taoist Institute) in Hollywood, California. Dhiegh also had a doctorate in theology, and in his later years, was the rector for a Taoist sanctuary in Tempe, Arizona called 'Inner Truth Looking Place.' He held weekly services and sponsored many 'Tea Ceremonies' in the Phoenix metro area. One of his last interviews was on One World in 1990, where he presented the concept of World Citizenry and its benefit to mankind.[3] Dhiegh's contributions to Taoism are discussed in some detail in the book Taoism for Dummies (John Wiley and Sons Canada, 2013).



  1. Komjathy, Louis. "Daoist teachers in North America" (PDF). Pacific Lutheran University via Centre for Daoist Studies. Archived from the original (pdf) on February 3, 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-07. Includes short biographical summary of Khigh Dhiegh.
  2. Dr. Lo proudly asserted that the subject's minds were not only "brain-washed", but they were also "dry-cleaned".
  3. One World interview

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