Noriyuki "Pat" Morita was a Japanese-American actor and comedian. He was known for his roles as Matsuo "Arnold" Takahashi on Happy Days, 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 1984 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. Morita was the series lead actor in the television program Mr. T and Tina and in Ohara, a police-themed drama. The two shows made history for being among the few TV shows with an Asian American series lead.
|Born||Noriyuki Morita, June 28, 1932, Isleton, California, U.S.|
|Died||November 24, 2005, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
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Actor best known for his Academy Award-nominated performance as Mr. Miyagi in the Karate Kid franchise. He also appeared in Happy Days.
At two, he contracted tuberculosis. He was initially told that he would never walk. Later, he entertained customers at his parents' restaurant with jokes.
In 1976, he was cast as the lead in the TV series Mr. T and Tina and is considered the first Asian actor to serve as the lead actor in an American sitcom. Unfortunately, the show was cancelled in the middle of its first season.
He was married to Kathleen Yamachi from 1953 to 1967. After their divorce, he married Yukiye Kitahara in 1970. He met his third wife through her mother's manager when she was 15 years old.
He starred alongside Ralph Macchio in the Karate Kid films.
- Japanese-American internees
- Male actors from California
Latest information about Pat Morita updated on June 22 2021.