You Don't Know Jack Soo

2011, TV Show

A profile of actor Jack Soo (1917-79), who is best remembered as Det. Nick Yemana on the popular 1970s sitcom "Barney Miller." The documentary recalls his early nightclub years; his breakthrough in the "Flower Drum Song" Broadway play and movie; and his refusal to accept parts he found demeaning. Included: remarks from family and friends, including several "Barney Miller" cast mates.

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Free | PBS Posted: 5/2/2014

You Don't Know Jack Soo tells the fascinating story of a pioneering American entertainer Jack Soo, an Oakland native who became the first Asian American to be cast in the lead role in a regular television series Valentine's Day (1963), and later starred in the popular comedy show Barney Miller (1975-1978).

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Premiered: May 16, 2011
Rating: TV-G
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Premise: A profile of actor Jack Soo (1917-79), who is best remembered as Det. Nick Yemana on the popular 1970s sitcom "Barney Miller." The documentary recalls his early nightclub years; his breakthrough in the "Flower Drum Song" Broadway play and movie; and his refusal to accept parts he found demeaning. Included: remarks from family and friends, including several "Barney Miller" cast mates.

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