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Pat Morita

Mostly Credited As: Pat Morita
Birth Name: Noriyuki Morita
Date Of Birth: June 28, 1932 (Age 73)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Isleton, California
Date Of Death: November 24, 2005
Cause Of Death: natural causes
Height: 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Pat Morita


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. Sparkling Morita was back again dishing out Eastern philosophy & martial arts lessons for The Karate Kid, Part II and The Karate Kid, Part III and even for The Next Karate Kid.

However, putting all that karate aside, the diminutive Morita actually first started out as a stand up comedian known as "The Hip Nip" in nightclubs and bars, and made his first onscreen appearance in Thoroughly Modern Millie. He quickly adapted to the screen and showed up in small parts comedies including alongside Don Knotts in The Shakiest Gun in the West, and supporting John Astin in Evil Roy Slade, plus he was popular on TV Shows including "Sanford and Son" and "M*A*S*H". Morita got his next break playing the often perplexed restaurant owner "Arnold" in two stints on the hugely popular "Happy Days" between 1975-76 and again between 1982-83. Morita was quite in demand on the small screen and also scored the lead in his own cop show "Ohara", plus he has guest-starred on other high profile TV shows including "Magnum, P.I.", "Murder, She Wrote", "Baywatch" & "The Hughleys".

Although, most often used as a minor character actor, he remained consistently busy and additionally lent his vocal talents to animated features such as Mulan (1998), however his real strengths lie in portraying slighty oddball or unusual characters in offbeat films. He died of natural causes at his home in Las Vegas in November 2005, at the age of 73.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo (1996)As: Mike "Grandpa" Woo
Ohara (1987)As: Ohara
Alice in Wonderland (1985)As: Horse
Blansky's Beauties (1977)As: Arnold
Mr. T and Tina (1976)As: Taro "Mr. T" Takahashi
The Queen and I (1969)As: Barney Cook
Episode Cast Credits 

SpongeBob SquarePants (1999) 
  Whale of a Birthday 04x19: (May/12/2006) Voiced  Master Udon 

Robot Chicken (2005) 
  S&M Present 01x09: (Apr/17/2005) Voiced  Himself 

Happy Days (1974) 
  Happy Days 30th Anniversary Reunion (Feb/03/2005) As Himself 
  Happy Days: The Reunion (Mar/03/1992) As Himself 
  Because It's There 11x01: (Sep/27/1983) As Arnold 
  I'm Not at Liberty 10x17: (Feb/08/1983) As Arnold 

Son of the Beach (2000) 
  B.J. Blue Hawaii 02x01: (Mar/13/2001) As King Kumonya 

The Hughleys (1998) 
  His Park is Worse Than His Bite 03x10: (Nov/27/2000) As Mr. Park 
  Seoul Brother Next Door 02x12: (Jan/07/2000) As Mr. Park 

The Outer Limits (1995) (1995) 
  In The Zone 04x05: (Feb/20/1998) As Dr. Michael Chen 

Family Matters (1989) 
  Grill of My Dreams 09x12: (Jan/09/1998) As Tanaka 

Boy Meets World (1993) 
  I Was a Teenage Spy 03x19: (Apr/26/1996) As Wise Man 

Married ... with Children (1987) 
  Turning Japanese 10x20: (Mar/17/1996) As Mr. Shimokawa, [Special Guest Stars]

Murder, She Wrote (1984) 
  Kendo Kill 12x12: (Jan/04/1996) As Akira Hitaki 

Dave's World (1993) 
  Exorcising with Dave Barry 01x12: (Nov/29/1993) As Hardware Store Owner 

Space Rangers (1993) 
  Fort Hope 01x01: (Jan/27/1993) As Nazzer 

Hearts Are Wild (1992) 
  Season 1, Episode 10 01x10: (Mar/13/1992) As Himself 

Lou Grant (1977) 
  Recovery 05x15: (Mar/08/1982) As Ike Tatsumi 

Magnum, P.I. (1980) 
  One More Summer 02x17: (Feb/11/1982) As Jack Metro 

Aloha Paradise (1981) 
  Letter from Broadway/ Letter from Cyrano/ Letter from a Secret Admirer 01x07: (Apr/22/1981) As Dr. Nakamura 

Laverne & Shirley (1976) 
  Seperate Tables 05x26: (May/13/1980) As Mr. Wong 

The Incredible Hulk (1977) (1978) 
  Stop the Presses 02x10: (Nov/24/1978) As Fred 

The Love Boat (1977) 
  Pacific Princess Overtures/Gopher the Rebel/Cabin Fever 01x25: (May/20/1978) As Mr. Yamashiro 
  The Old Man and the Runaway/A Fine Romance/The Painters 01x12: (Dec/24/1977) As Vincent 

Man From Atlantis (1977) 
  Imp 01x11: (Apr/25/1978) As Moby 

Starsky & Hutch (1975) 
  The Trap 03x16: (Feb/01/1978) As Jewellery Store Clerk 

The Kallikaks (1977) 
  I Coulda Been a Contender 01x04: (Aug/24/1977) As Mushy Levine 

The Captain and Tennille (1976) 
  Show #8 01x08: (Nov/22/1976) As Himself 

Sanford and Son (1972) 
  Sergeant Gork 05x23: (Mar/12/1976) As Colonel Hiakowa 
  Sanford and Rising Son 05x10: (Nov/21/1975) As Ah Chew 
  The Over-the-Hill Gag 04x24: (Mar/14/1975) As Ah Chew 
  The Masquerade Party 04x18: (Jan/31/1975) As Ah Chew 

American Bandstand (1957) 
  Bobby Womack / David Geddes / Pat Morita 19x17: (Jan/10/1976) As Himself 

Cannon (1971) 
  The Avenger 04x07: (Oct/30/1974) As Chuck Yamagata 

Police Woman (1974) 
  Anatomy of Two Rapes 01x05: (Oct/11/1974) As Mike Matsuto 

M*A*S*H (1972) 
  The Chosen People 02x19: (Jan/26/1974) As Captain Sam Pak 
  Deal Me Out 02x13: (Dec/08/1973) As Captain Sam Pak 

Hawaii Five-O (1968) (1968) 
  Tricks are Not Treats 06x07: (Oct/23/1973) As Phoebe 

The Bob Newhart Show (1972) (1972) 
  Bob and Emily and Howard and Carol and Jerry 01x12: (Dec/09/1972) As The Bartender 

Columbo (1971) 
  Étude in Black 02x01: (Sep/17/1972) As The House Boy, [Co-Guest Stars]

The Odd Couple (1970) 
  Partner's Investment 02x19: (Feb/04/1972) As Yamata 
  You Saved My Life 02x17: (Jan/21/1972) As Mr. Wing 

McCloud (1970) 
  The Disposal Man 02x04: (Dec/29/1971) As Felix 

Green Acres (1965) 
  Hawaiian Honeymoon 06x25: (Mar/16/1971) As Charlie Lee 

Nanny and the Professor (1970) 
  My Son, the Sitter 02x11: (Dec/11/1970) As Jason Wong 

Playboy After Dark (1968) 
  Nitty Gritty Dirt Band; Lou Rawls; Pat Morita; Frankie Randall 01x20: (Dec/11/1968) As Himself 

The Outsider (US) (1968) 
  Love Is Under "L" 01x07: (Nov/06/1968) As Toshi 

Blondie (1968) (1968) 
  Sayanora Dagwood 01x01: (Sep/26/1968) As Japanese restaurant manager 

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1968) 
  Episode #8 01x08: (Mar/11/1968) As Himself 

The Hollywood Palace (1964) 
  Host: Tony Randall / Diana Ross & the Supremes 02x26: (Mar/27/1965) As Himself 

First Years (2001) 
  Touched by a Reindeer 01x05: (Unaired) As Unknown 
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Ohara (1987)• Creator

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