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Pat Morita, born as Noriyuki Morita, was an American actor and comedian

InformationDetail
BirthdayJune 28, 1932
Died onNovember 24, 2005
NationalityAmerican
FamousFilm & Theater Personalities, Actors, Comedians
City/StateCalifornia
SpousesEvelyn Guerrero (m. 1994–2005), Kathleen Yamachi (m. 1953–1967), Yukiye Kitahara (m. 1970–1989)
SiblingsHideo (older brother)
Known asNoriyuki
Universities
  • Armijo High School
Birth PlaceIsleton, California, USA
Height160
GenderMale
FatherTamaru
MotherMomoe
Sun SignCancer
Born inIsleton, California, USA
Famous asActor, Comedian
Died at Age73

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Who is Pat Morita?

Pat Morita, born as Noriyuki Morita, was an American actor and comedian. He became an on-screen hero to thousands of kids and adults alike after playing Mr. Miyagi in the flick ‘The Karate Kid’. His stardom reached new heights after he reprised this role in ‘The Karate Kid Part II’, ‘The Karate Kid Part III’ and ‘The Next Karate Kid’. Putting this film series aside, Morita also gained much popularity as a stand-up comedian. He first came into the limelight after playing the roles of Ah Chew in the drama series ‘Sanford and Son’ and Matsuo "Arnold" Takahashi in the series ‘Happy Days’. His additional notable works include the television programs ‘M*A*S*H’, ‘Mr. T and Tina’ and ‘Ohara’ and the Disney animated flick ‘Mulan’. The much adored Asian-American actor is also known for starring in the TV movie ‘Amos’ for which he received both a Primetime Emmy Award nomination and a Golden Globe Award nomination. Most of Morita’s fans are also aware of the fact that he suffered from spinal tuberculosis as a young child and had to spend most of his early years in several hospitals. After entertaining his fans for several years, the actor died due to kidney failure at the age of 73.

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Career

Pat Morita's first film roles were in ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ and ‘The Shakiest Gun in the West.’ He then appeared in the flick ‘Evil Roy Slade’ and in the drama series ‘Columbo’ in 1972. A year later, he was cast as Captain Sam Pak in the series ‘M*A*S*H’. After this, he had the recurring role of Matsuo "Arnold" Takahashi on the series ‘Happy Days’.

Morita then did the war film ‘Midway’ in 1976. After doing a few other movies, he then played Mr. Kesuke Miyagi in the movie ‘The Karate Kid’ in 1984. Soon after this, the actor got the opportunity to act in the films ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘The Karate Kid Part II’, ‘Babes In Toyland’, ‘Captive Hearts’, ‘The Karate Kid Part III’ and ‘Collision Course’. In 1991, Morita played Masakana 'Kane' Kaneshiro in the film ‘Do or Die’.

The following year, he acted in the movie ‘Miracle Beach’. From 1993 to 2000, he did a number of small and big screen projects, including ‘American Ninja V’, ‘Even Cowgirls Get the Blues’, ‘The Next Karate Kid’, ‘Murder She Wrote’, ‘Bloodsport II: The Next Kumite’, ‘Mulan’, ‘Bloodsport III’, ‘King Cobra’ and ‘I'll Remember April’ to name a few. Then in 2005, Morita did the animated flick ‘Robot Chicken’. The same year, he played the role of Ono Yakimoto in the comedy movie ‘Down and Derby’.

Personal Life

Pat Morita was born as Noriyuki "Pat" Morita on June 28, 1932, in Isleton, California, USA, to Momoe and Tamaru. He had an older brother, named Hideo. Morita graduated from the Armijo High School.

He married his first wife Kathleen Yamachi in 1953. After separating from her in 1967, he moved on to marry his second wife, Yukiye Kitahara in 1970. However, Morita divorced his second wife as well. He eventually married his third wife Evelyn Guerrero in 1994 who remained by his side until his death. Morita died on November 24, 2005 in Las Vegas due to kidney failure at the age of 73.

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  • // 28th Jun 1932
    Pat Morita was born as Noriyuki "Pat" Morita on June 28, 1932, in Isleton, California, USA, to Momoe and Tamaru. He had an older brother, named Hideo. Morita graduated from the Armijo High School.
  • // 1953
    He married his first wife Kathleen Yamachi in 1953. After separating from her in 1967, he moved on to marry his second wife, Yukiye Kitahara in 1970. However, Morita divorced his second wife as well. He eventually married his third wife Evelyn Guerrero in 1994 who remained by his side until his death. Morita died on November 24, 2005 in Las Vegas due to kidney failure at the age of 73.
  • // 1972
    Pat Morita's first film roles were in ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ and ‘The Shakiest Gun in the West.’ He then appeared in the flick ‘Evil Roy Slade’ and in the drama series ‘Columbo’ in 1972. A year later, he was cast as Captain Sam Pak in the series ‘M*A*S*H’. After this, he had the recurring role of Matsuo "Arnold" Takahashi on the series ‘Happy Days’.
  • // 1976
    Morita then did the war film ‘Midway’ in 1976. After doing a few other movies, he then played Mr. Kesuke Miyagi in the movie ‘The Karate Kid’ in 1984. Soon after this, the actor got the opportunity to act in the films ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘The Karate Kid Part II’, ‘Babes In Toyland’, ‘Captive Hearts’, ‘The Karate Kid Part III’ and ‘Collision Course’. In 1991, Morita played Masakana 'Kane' Kaneshiro in the film ‘Do or Die’.
  • // 1993
    The following year, he acted in the movie ‘Miracle Beach’. From 1993 to 2000, he did a number of small and big screen projects, including ‘American Ninja V’, ‘Even Cowgirls Get the Blues’, ‘The Next Karate Kid’, ‘Murder She Wrote’, ‘Bloodsport II: The Next Kumite’, ‘Mulan’, ‘Bloodsport III’, ‘King Cobra’ and ‘I'll Remember April’ to name a few. Then in 2005, Morita did the animated flick ‘Robot Chicken’. The same year, he played the role of Ono Yakimoto in the comedy movie ‘Down and Derby’.

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Pat Morita's FAQ

  • What is Pat Morita birthday?

    Pat Morita was born at 1932-06-28

  • When was Pat Morita died?

    Pat Morita was died at 2005-11-24

  • Which age was Pat Morita died?

    Pat Morita was died at age 73

  • Where is Pat Morita's birth place?

    Pat Morita was born in Isleton, California, USA

  • What is Pat Morita nationalities?

    Pat Morita's nationalities is American

  • Who is Pat Morita spouses?

    Pat Morita's spouses is Evelyn Guerrero (m. 1994–2005), Kathleen Yamachi (m. 1953–1967), Yukiye Kitahara (m. 1970–1989)

  • Who is Pat Morita siblings?

    Pat Morita's siblings is Hideo (older brother)

  • What was Pat Morita universities?

    Pat Morita studied at Armijo High School

  • How tall is Pat Morita?

    Pat Morita's height is 160

  • Who is Pat Morita's father?

    Pat Morita's father is Tamaru

  • Who is Pat Morita's mother?

    Pat Morita's mother is Momoe

  • What is Pat Morita's sun sign?

    Pat Morita is Cancer

  • How famous is Pat Morita?

    Pat Morita is famouse as Actor, Comedian