Pat Morita

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Real name is Noriyuki Morita
Also known as The Hip NipMr. MiyagiNori
Was born at 28 June 1932 in Isleton, California, USA . Died at 24 November 2005, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (kidney failure)

Abundantly busy and much loved Asian-American actor who became anon-screen hero to millions of adults and kids alike as the wise andwonderful Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid (1984) , the sparklingNoriyuki Morita was back again dishing out Eastern philosophy andmartial arts lessons for The Karate Kid, Part II (1986) and The Karate Kid, Part III (1989) , and even for The Next Karate Kid (1994) . However, putting all that karateaside, the diminutive Morita actually first started out as a stand-upcomedian known as the Hip Nip in nightclubs and bars, and made hisfirst on-screen appearance in Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967) . He quickly adapted to the screen and showed up in small parts in suchcomedy films as The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968) , alongside'Don Knotts' , and in Evil Roy Slade (1972) (TV) supporting'John Astin' .

He also appeared in such popular series as "Sanford and Son" (1972) and "M*A*S*H" (1972) . Morita got his next break playing the often-perplexed restaurant ownerMatsho "Arnold" Takahashi in two episodes of the hugely popular sitcom "Happy Days" (1974) between 1975 and 1976, and again between1982 and 1983. Morita was quite in demand on the small screen and alsoscored the lead in his own police drama "Ohara" (1987) , andguest-starred on other high-profile television series including "Magnum, P. I. " (1980) , "Murder, She Wrote" (1984) , "Baywatch" (1989) and "The Hughleys" (1998) .

Althoughmost often used as a minor character actor, he remained consistentlybusy and occasionally lent his vocal talents to animated features suchas Mulan (1998) . However, his real strengths lay in portrayingslightly oddball or unusual characters in offbeat films. He died at age73 of natural causes at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada onNovember 24, 2005. .

There is some small facts about Pat Morita:
  • Attended and graduated from Armijo High School in Fairfield, California.
  • While performing as a stand-up comic, he was discovered by 'Redd Foxx (I)' . This led to several appearances as Ah Chew on "Sanford and Son" (1972) .
  • Was often billed as the Hip Nip for his stand-up performances.
  • Was a huge fan of the Green Bay Packers football team.
  • Diagnosed with spinal tuberculosis as a child and was told that he would never walk. Spent nine years in hospitals.
  • Was the first American-born Asian nominated for an Academy Award. It was for his role of Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid (1984) .
  • Had two daughters with Yukiye Kitahara and one with Kathleen Yamachi.
  • Was the subject of a popular Internet myth, that he owned a Japanese-style restaurant called Miyagi's on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California. However, according to Morita himself in an about.com interview, this was just a myth and he had nothing to do with the restaurant.
  • Buried at Palm Green Valley Memorial Park in Clark County, 6701 North Jones, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
  • Last movie ever filmed is Royal Kill (2009) (working title: Princess) also starring 'Eric Roberts (I)' and 'Lalaine (I)' .
  • During his funeral procession, his former co-star 'Ralph Macchio (I)' of The Karate Kid (1984) quoted, "Forever, my Sensei" towards the mourners.
  • One of eight actors of Asian descent nominated for an Academy Award in an acting category. The others are 'Miyoshi Umeki' who won Best Supporting Actress nominated for Sayonara (1957) , 'Sessue Hayakawa' nominated for The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) , 'Mako (I)' nominated for The Sand Pebbles (1966) , 'Haing S. Ngor' who won Best Supporting Actor for The Killing Fields (1984) , 'Ken Watanabe (I)' nominated for The Last Samurai (2003) and 'Rinko Kikuchi' nominated for Babel (2006/I) .
  • While he portrayed Mr. Miyagi, a Japanese immigrant who spoke (broken) English with a cement-thick Japanese accent, in real life Morita was an American citizen from birth who spoke with an American accent.
  • The scene that sealed his nomination for best supporting actor in The Karate Kid (1984) , in which Miyagi gets drunk and weeps over the death of his wife and child in the Manzanar Internment Camp was nearly cut out of the film. The studio thought the scene was unnecessary and wanted it cut. But director 'John G. Avildsen' argued that the scene was important to Miyagi's character and finally the studio relented and allowed the scene to be kept in. Also, during the casting of the film, the studio wanted legendary Japanese actor 'Toshirô Mifune' to play Miyagi but Avildsen and producer 'Jerry Weintraub (I)' thought Mifune's interpretation of the character was far too serious for what the film needed.
  • Was a closet alcoholic. Heavy drinking, which his doctors urged him against, was the primary cause of Morita's death.
  • He and his family were placed in an internment camp during World War II. Was given the name "Pat" by his priest.
  • He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6633 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on August 4, 1994.
  • Completed shooting scenes for two films before his death, but both were released years after the fact (Royal Kill (2009) in 2009, and Act Your Age (2011) in 2011).
  • One of only 4 actors to receive a Razzie nomination for portraying a character they were previously Oscar-nominated for. The others are 'Sylvester Stallone' , 'Talia Shire' and 'Burt Young (I)' (all for Rocky IV (1985) and Rocky V (1990) ).
  • Best remembered by the public for his role as the wise sensei Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid (1984) and its sequels.
  • As a child, Pat and his family were forced to relocate to internment camp in Arizona for all Japanese American citizens during World War II. He and many other survivors of the camps were later compensated and given a formal apology from the American government.
Also look some video clip about Pat Morita:
There is the list of movies, where Pat Morita was taked part:
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1 A Very Missing Person movie A Very Missing Person 1972 as Delmar Faulkenstein
2 Behind the Scenes with Interviews of Ninjas Creed movie Behind the Scenes with Interviews of Ninjas Creed 2010 as Himself
3 Circus of the Stars #12 movie Circus of the Stars #12 1987 as Himself - Performer
4 Elvis Has Left the Building movie Elvis Has Left the Building 2004 as Man in Turban
5 Living and Working in Space: The Countdown Has Begun movie Living and Working in Space: The Countdown Has Begun 1993 as Cap
6 Mulan: 15th Anniversary - The Voices of Mulan II movie Mulan: 15th Anniversary - The Voices of Mulan II 2013 as Himself
7 Singapore Sling: Road to Mandalay movie Singapore Sling: Road to Mandalay 1995 as Y.C. Kung
8 Slapstick (Of Another Kind) movie Slapstick (Of Another Kind) 1982 as Ah Fong, the Chinese Ambassador
9 The 42nd Annual Golden Globe Awards movie The 42nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1985 as Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
10 The 78th Annual Academy Awards movie The 78th Annual Academy Awards 2006 as Himself - Memorial sequence
11 The Boys of Sunset Ridge movie The Boys of Sunset Ridge 2001 as Charlie Watanabe
12 TVs Illest Minority Moments Presented by Ego Trip movie TVs Illest Minority Moments Presented by Ego Trip 2004 as Matsuo 'Arnold' Takahashi
13 Edición Especial Coleccionista movie Edición Especial Coleccionista 2010 as Nishimoto
14 Joe Bobs Drive-In Theater movie Joe Bobs Drive-In Theater 1987 as Kane Kaneshiro
15 Love, American Style movie Love, American Style 1969 as Bellhop (segment "Love and Lady Luck")
16 Timemaster movie Timemaster 1995 as Isaiah
17 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards movie 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2006 as Himself - In Memoriam
18 18 Fingers of Death! movie 18 Fingers of Death! 2006 as Freeman Lee
19 2006 Asian Excellence Awards movie 2006 Asian Excellence Awards 2006 as Himself
20 Act Your Age movie Act Your Age 2011 as Tom
21 Alice in Wonderland movie Alice in Wonderland 1985 as Horse
22 Alien Ant Farm: Movies movie Alien Ant Farm: Movies 2001 as Mr. Miyagi
23 American Fusion movie American Fusion 2005 as Lao Dong
24 American Ninja 5 movie American Ninja 5 1993 as Master Tetsu
25 Amos movie Amos 1985 as Tommy Tanaka
26 Ancestors in the Americas, Part II movie Ancestors in the Americas, Part II 1998 as Himself - Narrator
27 Auntie Lees Meat Pies movie Auntie Lees Meat Pies 1992 as Chief Koal
28 Babes in Toyland movie Babes in Toyland 1986 as The Toymaster
29 Behind the Scenes of Spymate movie Behind the Scenes of Spymate 2006 as Himself
30 Beyond Barbed Wire movie Beyond Barbed Wire 1997 as Narrator
31 Big Bird in Japan movie Big Bird in Japan 1988 as Narrator (Bamboo Princess story)
32 Blind Alleys movie Blind Alleys 1985 as Kenji Sato
33 Bloodsport 2 movie Bloodsport 2 1996 as David Leung
34 Bloodsport III movie Bloodsport III 1996 as David Leung
35 Blunt Movie movie Blunt Movie 2013 as Mr. Miyami
36 Brocks Last Case movie Brocks Last Case 1973 as Sam Wong
37 Cancel My Reservation movie Cancel My Reservation 1972 as Yamamoto
38 Captive Hearts movie Captive Hearts 1987 as Fukushima
39 Captured Alive movie Captured Alive 1997 as Sam Kashawahara
40 Cats and Mice movie Cats and Mice 2003 as Unagi
There is the list of some articles of Pat Morita:
  • "Entertainment Weekly" (USA), 9 December 2005, Vol. 1, Iss. 835, pg. 22, by: Bierly, Mandi, ""Legacy""
There is the list of some quotes of Pat Morita:
  • Thanks to the Japanese and Geronimo, John Wayne became a millionaire.
  • I still have a young attitude.
  • You may have heard that back in the States there are some people who are smoking grass. I don't know how you feel, but it's sure easier than cutting the stuff.
  • I don't know of any other creature on earth other than man that will sit in a corner and cry because of some painful experience in the past.
  • Hip Nip just sounds groovy. A drummer laid it on me.
  • I began in an era where four-letter words were not allowed.
  • I went from being an ailing child to a public enemy.
  • A lot happens in 20 years.
  • I didn't have a childhood.
  • I never was able to do karate. That's calling me a good actor. I act like I can do anything.
  • The idea of a Japanese comedian was not only a rarity, it was non-existent.
  • I'm awkward at these things. Just being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Karate Kid was a real surprise and I was a little uncomfortable.
  • I'm in semi-retirement, but what am I going to retire to? I don't ride horses, I don't golf anymore. I shoot a game of pool every now and then.
  • Only in America could you get away with the kind of comedy I did.
  • It's been a career filled with very low valleys and some wonderful, high peaks.
  • I've been working on my autobiography, just pecking away in longhand. The more you write, the more you remember. The more you remember, the more detail you recall. It's not all pleasant!
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