Pat Morita, Actor: The Karate Kid. Abundantly busy and much-loved Asian-American actor who became an on-screen hero to millions of adults and kids alike as the wise and wonderful Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid (1984), the sparkling Noriyuki Morita was back again dishing out Eastern philosophy and martial arts lessons for The Karate Kid Part II (1986) and The Karate Kid Part III (1989)...
Noriyuki "Pat" Morita (June 28, 1932 – November 24, 2005) was an 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, Captain Sam Pak on the sitcom M*A*S*H, Ah Chew in Sanford and Son, Mike Woo in The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo, and The Emperor of China in Mulan and Mulan II.
Even though Pat Morita's character "Mr. Miyagi" was a karate master, he actually didn't know any karate in real life at all. Due to delayed releases, Morita continued appearing in films until 2014, nine years after his death.
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- June 28, 1932 in Isleton, California, USA
- Early Life
Noriyuki "Pat" Morita (June 28, 1932 - November 24, 2005) was an American film and television actor, who played the role as Nariyoshi Miyagi in the The Karate Kid series, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1985. Aside from his career-defining and iconic role in The Karate Kid, Morita was well known for playing the roles of Matsuo "Arnold" Takahashi on Happy Days from 1975 to 1983. Additional notable roles include the Emperor of China in the Disney anima...
Morita was born in Isleton, California. Morita's father Tamaru, born in 1897, had immigrated to California from Kumamoto Prefecture on the Japanese island of Kyushu in 1915. Tamaru's wife Momoe, born in 1903, had emigrated to California in 1913. Noriyuki, as Pat was named, had a brother named Hideo (Harry) who was twelve years older. Morita developed spinal tuberculosis (Pott disease) at the age of two and spent the bulk of the next nine years in Northern Californian hospitals, including the Shr...
Early Career Morita's first movie roles were as a stereotypical henchman in Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967) and another similarly-stereotypical role in The Shakiest Gun In The West (1968), starring Don Knotts. Later, a recurring role as South Korean Army Captain Sam Pak on the sitcom M*A*S*H (1973, 1974) helped advance the comedian's acting career. He also was cast as Rear Admiral Ryunosuke Kusaka in the war film Midway (1976). He had a recurring role on the show Happy Days as Matsuo "Arnold" Ta...
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LOS ANGELES - Actor Pat Morita, whose portrayal of the wise and dry-witted Mr. Miyagi in "The Karate Kid" earned him an Oscar nomination, has died. He was 73. Morita died Thursday at his home in
Nov 24, 2005 · Pat Morita. Actor best known as "Mr. Miyagi" in The Karate Kid (1984) and three sequels. Noriyuki "Pat" Morita (1932–2005) was born in Isleton, California, the son of Issei farm workers. Struck by spinal tuberculosis at age two, Morita spent much of his childhood in a body cast in a sanitarium, where a priest gave him the western name "Patrick."