Joe Wong was an actor who appeared as an orangutan in the early costume tests for Planet of the Apes. He was photographed and filmed, along with examples of gorilla and chimp make-up and costumes, in at least two different orangutan costumes - one example of which was dated 'April 12, 1967'. At a later point one of these photos was issued as part of a series of trading cards crediting him, incorrectly, as 'Dr. Honorius'.

Born Jose Ocampo Cobarrubias in the Philippines, Wong's lengthy Hollywood career began with the 1927 short Joe Wong, the Chinese Jazz Boy.


  • There is a strong possibility that Joe Wong's image from this photo session was also used as the model for the Lawgiver statue featured in the movie, which would have been designed around that time.

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Joe Wong in make-up/costume test for 'Planet of the Apes' Joe Wong in make-up/costume test for 'Planet of the Apes'

Robert Lombardo, Joe Wong and two chimps in 'Planet of the Apes' make-up/costume tests
The Lawgiver Statue from 'Planet of the Apes'
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