With permission from TV Collector Magazine
The fellow who was the houseboy for John Forsythe on Bachelor Father, Sammy Tong, was a good friend of Terry Wilson’s. The Bachelor Father stage was right next door to WT and Tong was always saying he wished he could get a role in WT.
So Wilson did just that. He based the character on a Chinese cook his doctor father had employed when Wilson was young.
When Wilson turned the script in, everyone loved it. But the network wouldn’t let them use Tong because he was currently employed by differnet network and they didn’t allow people to “crossover.”