Pat Morita

Actor, Comic, Data processor
Best remembered for his portrayal of martial arts sage Mr. Miyagi in the enduring "Karate Kid" films, actor and comedian Pat Morita persevered through a childhood filled with adversity to ultimately realize his dream of ... Read more »
Born: 06/28/1932 in Isleton, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (133)

Cats and Mice 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Coming Attractions 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Gengis Khan 2014 (Movie)

Emperor Wang (Actor)

Rice Girl 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

American Fusion 2007 (Movie)

Lao Dong (Actor)

18 Fingers of Death 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Down and Derby 2005 (Movie)

Uno Yakimoto (Actor)

Happy Days 30th Anniversary Reunion 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Robot Chicken 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Karate Dog 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Last Shot 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Volcano High 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Voice

Body & Soul 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Son of the Beach 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Ancestors in the Americas 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Baywatch Hawaii 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Boy Meets World 1993 - 1996, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Burke's Law 1993 - 1996, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dave's World 1993 - 1994, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1993 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

First Years 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Married... With Children 1993 - 1996, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1993 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pioneer Living 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Shadow Fury 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Biggest Fan 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Center of the World 2001 (Movie)

Taxi Driver (Actor)

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1993 - 1996, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Hughleys 1993 - 1994, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Adventures With Kanga Roddy 1997 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Asian Connection: Road to Mandalay 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

House of Luk 2000 (Movie)

Kwang Luk (Actor)

King Cobra 2000 (Movie)

Nick Hasimoto (Actor)

TV Guide's Truth Behind the Sitcoms 4 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo 1995 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

I'll Remember April 1999 (Movie)

Abe Tanaka (Actor)

Los Gringos 1999 (Movie)

of Samurai (Voice)

Redd Foxx: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Bloodsport III 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Desert Heat 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mulan 1998 (Movie)

of The Emperor (Voice)

The Misery Brothers 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Beyond Barbed Wire 1997 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Reggie's Prayer 1997 (Movie)

Principal (Actor)

Bloodsport II: The Next Kumite 1996 (Movie)

Lueng (Actor)

Lamb Chop's Special Chanukah 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Spy Hard 1996 (Movie)

Brian--the Waiter (Actor)

Captured Alive 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Concert of the Americas 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Great Moments of Discovery 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS All-American Thanksgiving Parade 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues 1994 (Movie)

The Chink (Actor)

The Next Karate Kid 1994 (Movie)

Mr Miyagi (Actor)

Timemaster 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Komedy All Stars 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Mastergate 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Auntie Lee's Meat Pies 1992 (Movie)

Chief Koal (Actor)

Honeymoon in Vegas 1992 (Movie)

Mahi (Actor)

Miracle Beach 1992 (Movie)

Gus (Actor)

The Happy Days Reunion 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Do or Die 1991 (Movie)

Kaneshiro (Actor)

Lena's Holiday 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Strawberry Road 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Collision Course 1990 (Movie)

Investigator Fujitsuka Natsuo (Actor)

Moon Over Paradise 1990 (Movie)

Ben (Actor)

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

The Hollywood Christmas Parade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Karate Kid 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Voice

Big Bird in Japan 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Karate Kid Part III 1989 (Movie)

Mr Miyagi (Actor)

Funnymen: Triple Clowns of Comedy 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Ohara 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 12th Annual Circus of the Stars 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Babes in Toyland 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Captive Hearts 1987 (Movie)

Fukushima (Actor)

Golden Globe Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Performer

The 13th Annual People's Choice Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 59th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Performer

Alice in Wonderland 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Jeeter Mason and the Magic Headset 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Karate Kid Part II 1986 (Movie)

Mr Miyagi (Actor)

Night Patrol 1984 (Movie)

Rape Victim (Actor)

Slapstick of Another Kind 1984 (Movie)

Ambassador Ah Fong (Actor)

The Karate Kid 1984 (Movie)

Mr Miyagi (Actor)

Jimmy the Kid 1983 (Movie)

Maurice (Actor)

Savannah Smiles 1982 (Movie)

Father O'Hara (Actor)

Crash Island 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Full Moon High 1981 (Movie)

Silversmith (Actor)

When Time Ran Out 1979 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

Young Guy Christian 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Blansky's Beauties 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. T. and Tina 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Sanford and Son 1971 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mad Mad Mad Mad World of the Super Bowl 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Lola 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Lola 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Lola 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Lola 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Midway 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

Wives 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Cancel My Reservation 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cops 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

M*A*S*H 1973 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Barbara Eden Show 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Where Does It Hurt? 1972 (Movie)

Nishimoto (Actor)

Every Little Crook and Nanny 1971 (Movie)

Oriental (Actor)

The Queen and I 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

The Shakiest Gun in the West 1968 (Movie)

Wong (Actor)

Thoroughly Modern Millie 1967 (Movie)

Number Two (Actor)

A Very Missing Person (TV Show)

Actor

Amos (TV Show)

Actor

Blind Alleys (TV Show)

Actor

Brock's Last Case (TV Show)

Actor

Evil Roy Slade (TV Show)

Actor

Farewell to Manzanar (TV Show)

Actor

For the Love of It (TV Show)

Actor

Greyhounds (TV Show)

Actor

Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes (TV Show)

Actor

Human Feelings (TV Show)

Actor

One Plus One (TV Show)

Actor

Punch and Jody (TV Show)

Actor

The Vegas Strip War (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Best remembered for his portrayal of martial arts sage Mr. Miyagi in the enduring "Karate Kid" films, actor and comedian Pat Morita persevered through a childhood filled with adversity to ultimately realize his dream of becoming a successful performer. At the age of 30, Morita began to pursue stand-up comedy in earnest, and within a short number of years was performing his act at clubs around the country and on various television variety shows. He made his film debut in the musical comedy "Thoroughly Modern Millie" (1967), and later appeared on dozens of television shows, such as "Sanford & Son" (NBC, 1971-77). Morita's big break came when professional acquaintance Garry Marshall cast him in the role of malt shop owner Matsuo "Arnold" Takahashi on the long-running sitcom "Happy Days" (ABC, 1973-1984). The role of Arnold was a supporting one, but Morita stole nearly every scene he appeared in, and was soon lured away to star in his own sitcom after just one season on the popular show. It proved to be a bad decision, as the comedy series, "Mr. T and Tina" (ABC, 1976-77) was shelved after only a handful of episodes. Morita continued to work, but it was looking as if he had let a good thing get away when he landed the role of a lifetime as Mr. Miyagi in the hit film "The Karate Kid" (1984). As the patient sensei to a bullied teen (Ralph Macchio), Morita was instrumental in launching a hugely successful film franchise, and in doing so would earn himself an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor and secure a place for himself in the pantheon of screen icons. Although his post-Miyagi roles never approached the notoriety he experienced with "The Karate Kid," Morita continued to work steadily in film and on television for the remainder of his life, bringing a welcome sense of familiarity and fun to each and every role.

Relationships

Evelyn Guerrero

Wife
married in 1995

Milestones

2006

Played Master Udon on Nickelodeon's "SpongeBob SquarePants" in the episode, "Karate Island"

2005

Cast in the film, "American Fusion"

2001

Had a cameo appearance in the Alien Ant Farm music video "Movies"

2000

Had a recurring role on the ABC sitcom "The Hughleys"

1998

Lent his voice to the animated feature, "Mulan"

1996

Starred on the Nickelodeon television series "The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo"

1995

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1994

Reprised the role of Mr. Miyagi for "The Next Karate Kid" co-starring Hilary Swank

1992

Had a supporting role in the comedy "Honeymoon in Vegas"

1989

Again reprised his role for "The Karate Kid, Part III"

1987

Cast as the title character in the ABC detective show "Ohara"

1986

Reprised the role of karate teacher Mr. Miyagi for "The Karate Kid, Part II"

1985

Debut in a TV miniseries, "Alice in Wonderland"

1984

Gained worldwide fame playing wise karate teacher Mr. Miyagi in "The Karate Kid"; earned an Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor

1976

Left "Happy Days" to star as inventor Taro Takahashi in the short-lived ABC sitcom, "Mr. T and Tina"

1975

Had a recurring role on the first season of the ABC sitcom, "Happy Days" as Mesuma "Arnold" Takahashi, owner of the diner; reprised his role in the 1982-1983 season

1974

Regular in NBC TV sitcom, "Sanford and Son" playing a Japanese chef named Ah Chew

1972

TV-movie debut, "A Very Missing Person"

1968

TV debut as series regular, "The Queen and I"

1967

Feature debut, "Thoroughly Modern Milie"

Spent adolescence in WWII Japanese internment camp

Began career as nightclub comedian opening for such acts as Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Mathis, Diana Ross and the Supremes

Became headliner in Las Vegas showrooms and Playboy Clubs

Spent from two to nine years of age hospitalized with spinal tuberculosis

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