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Khigh Alx Dheigh (born Kenneth Dickerson, 1910, Spring Lake, New Jerseymarker – died 25 October 1991, Mesa, Arizonamarker) was an Americanmarker television and motion picture actor of mixed North African ancestry, noted for portraying Asian roles. He is perhaps best remembered for portraying villains, in particular his recurring TV guest role as Chinesemarker agent Wo Fat on Hawaii Five-O (from the pilot in 1968 to the final episode in 1980), and brainwasher Dr. Yen Lo in 1962's The Manchurian Candidate. He also starred in the short-lived 1975 TV series Khan! as the title character.

In 1965, Dheigh, 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 endeavours, Dheigh 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 Hollywoodmarker, Californiamarker.

His stage name was "Kye Dee" or "Kye Day".

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