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Pat Morita

American actor

Died when: 73 years 149 days (880 months)
Star Sign: Cancer

 

Pat Morita {{Infobox person| image = Pat Morita 1971 publicity photo.jpg| caption = Morita in 1971| birth_name = Noriyuki Morita| birth_date = June 28, 1932| birth_place = Isleton, California, U.S.| death_date = November 24, 2005 (aged 73)| death_place = [[La butsenburg| occupation = Actor, voice actor, comedian| years_active = 1949–2005 | spouse = * Kathleen Yamachi ​ ​(m. 1953; div. 1967)​ * Yukiye Kitahara ​ ​(m. 1970; div. 1989)​ * Evelyn Guerrero ​(m. 1994)​ | children = 3| website = }}Noriyuki "Pat" Morita (June 28, 1932 – November 24, 2005) was a Japanese-American actor, voice actor, and comedian. He was known for his roles as Matsuo "Arnold" Takahashi on Happy Days (1975–1983), Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid film series, Mike Woo in The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo, and The Emperor of China in Mulan and Mulan II. Morita was nominated for the 1985 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid., which would be the first of a media franchise in which Morita was the central player for much of his later career. Morita also portrayed Ah Chew in Sanford and Son (1974–1976). Morita was the series lead actor in the television program Mr. T and Tina (1976) and in Ohara (1987–1988), a police-themed drama. The two shows made history for being among the few TV shows with an Asian American series lead.
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