Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita

Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita

  • Highest Rated: 100% Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Mulan II (2003)
  • Birthday: Not Available
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Best known to audiences as Mr. Miyagi, Ralph Macchio's mentor in the "wax on, wax off" school of combat in the 1984 hit The Karate Kid, Noriyuki "Pat" Morita is the most prominent Japanese-American actor of his generation. Morita is also well known for having played Arnold, the amiable diner owner on the hit television series Happy Days, for two non-consecutive seasons (1975-1976 and 1982-1983). His status as one of the most familiar actors of Asian descent kept him working in a variety of projects throughout the 1980s and '90s.Having spent part of his youth in a Japanese internment camp during World War II, Morita nonetheless emerged with his sense of humor intact, giving up work as a computer programmer to concentrate on stand-up comedy in the early '60s. After a number of nightclub and TV variety show appearances, Morita found his first film role in 1967's Thoroughly Modern Millie as a stereotypical ethnic henchman. His natural affability soon began shining through, winning Morita his role on Happy Days for the 1975-1976 season. As Arnold, Morita interacted with Richie, Fonzie, and company with a memorable combination of good humor and exasperation. He returned to the gig in 1982-1983 after a failed attempt to front his own series (the critically lambasted Mr. T and Tina in 1976), a number of small film roles, and guest appearances on such shows as The Love Boat and Magnum P.I. His major pop culture breakthrough was the role of janitor and karate master Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid. An eccentric tutor who at first appears to be using his student for an endless variety of household chores, Miyagi soon reveals the method behind his training, turning the scrawny Daniel (Macchio) into a confident fighter, while also instilling an important message that violence should remain a last resort. The exceedingly popular film made Morita a household name, and audiences were left with the indelible image of a jolly and wise old soul trying desperately to catch a fly with a pair of chopsticks. Morita reprised the role for the two sequels starring Macchio in (1986 and 1989), as well as The Next Karate Kid, which starred future Oscar winner Hilary Swank, in 1994.In the late '80s, Morita found the success that had previously eluded him in television solo efforts with the two-season detective series Ohara (1987-1989). In 1987, he also wrote and starred in the World War II romance Captive Hearts, a film about a pilot shot down over Japan who falls in love with a village woman. Morita plays the village elder who saves the young pilot from execution.Morita spent the 1990s continuing to work regularly as a character actor in both television and movies. His film roles included Honeymoon in Vegas (1992), Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993,) and vocal work as the Emperor in Disney's Mulan (1998). He guest starred on such shows as The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Diagnosis Murder, and The Hughleys, and had a recurring role as Mr. Tanaka on Baywatch.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Act Your Age Actor 2011
No Score Yet Royal Kill Exhibition Manager 2009
No Score Yet Only the Brave Seigo Takata 2006
No Score Yet 18 Fingers of Death Mr. Lee 2006
No Score Yet The Number One Girl Mr. Sakata 2005
No Score Yet American Fusion Lao Dong 2005
22% Down and Derby Ono Yakimoto $44.4K 2005
62% The Last Shot Himself $0.4M 2004
No Score Yet Karate Dog Chin Li 2004
No Score Yet Miss Castaway and the Island Girls Mr. Yogi 2004
17% Spymate Kiro 2004
No Score Yet High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story Mr. Leo 2003
0% Mulan II Emperor 2003
No Score Yet Biggest Fan Richard Limp 2002
No Score Yet Shadow Fury Dr. Oh 2002
No Score Yet WaSanGo (Volcano High) Vice Principal 2001
No Score Yet King Cobra Nick Hashimoto 2001
35% The Center of the World Taxi Driver 2001
No Score Yet The Boys of Sunset Ridge Charlie Watanabe 2001
No Score Yet House of Luk Kwang Luk 2001
No Score Yet Hammerlock Un Huong Lo 2000
0% Desert Heat Jubal 1999
No Score Yet I'll Remember April Abe Tanaka 1999
No Score Yet The Misery Brothers Y2K Actor 1999
86% Mulan Emperor 1998
No Score Yet Bloodsport III David Leung 1997
No Score Yet Beyond Barbed Wire Narrator 1997
No Score Yet Reggie's Prayer Principal 1996
8% Spy Hard Brian the Waiter 1996
No Score Yet Bloodsport 2: The Next Kumite David Leung 1996
No Score Yet Earth Minus Zero Dr. Jefferson 1996
No Score Yet Timemaster Isaiah 1995
7% The Next Karate Kid Miyagi 1994
19% Even Cowgirls Get the Blues The Chink 1994
No Score Yet American Ninja V Master Tetsu 1993
63% Honeymoon in Vegas Mahi 1992
No Score Yet Mastergate Actor 1992
No Score Yet Miracle Beach Gus 1992
No Score Yet Auntie Lee's Meat Pies Chief Koal 1992
No Score Yet Do or Die Masakana 'Kane' Kaneshiro 1991
No Score Yet Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes Yoodo Toda 1990
No Score Yet Lena's Holiday Fred 1990
16% The Karate Kid, Part III Mr. Kesuke Miyagi 1989
No Score Yet Collision Course Investigator Fujitsuka Natsuo 1989
No Score Yet Captive Hearts (Fate of a Hunter) Fukushima Screenwriter 1987
No Score Yet Babes in Toyland The Toymaster 1986
42% The Karate Kid Part II Mr. Kesuke Miyagi 1986
No Score Yet Alice in Wonderland Horse 1985
No Score Yet Amos Tommy Tanaka 1985
No Score Yet The Vegas Strip Wars Yip Tak 1984
No Score Yet Night Patrol The Rape Victim 1984
88% The Karate Kid Mr. Miyagi 1984
No Score Yet Savannah Smiles Father O'Hara 1982
No Score Yet Jimmy the Kid Maurice 1982
No Score Yet Slapstick of Another Kind Ambassador Ah Fong 1982
No Score Yet Full Moon High The Silversmith 1982
0% When Time Ran Out Sam 1980
No Score Yet For the Love of It Actor 1980
No Score Yet Human Feelings Actor 1978
50% Midway Rear Admiral Ryunosuke Kusaka 1976
No Score Yet Punch and Jody Actor 1976
No Score Yet Where Does It Hurt? Nishimoto 1972
No Score Yet Cancel My Reservation Yamamoto 1972
No Score Yet Evil Roy Slade Turhan 1972
No Score Yet The Shakiest Gun in the West Wong 1968
100% Thoroughly Modern Millie Oriental 1967
No Score Yet The Barbarian and the Geisha Prime Minister 1958

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Son of the Beach
2000-2002
The King
  • 2001
No Score Yet Baywatch
1989-2001
Mr. Tanaka Kekoa's Father
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet The Hughleys
1998-2002
Gordon Park Mr. Park
  • 2000
No Score Yet Caroline in the City
1995-1999
Mr. Chu
  • 1999
No Score Yet Family Matters
1989-1998
Tanaka
  • 1998
No Score Yet The Outer Limits
1995-2002
  • 1998
No Score Yet Boy Meets World
1993-2000
Wise Man
  • 1996
No Score Yet Married...With Children
1987-1997
  • 1996
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Akira Hitaki
  • 1996
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
Mr. Yoshi
  • 1994
No Score Yet Harry and the Hendersons
1991-1993
Director
  • 1992
  • 1991
No Score Yet Happy Days
1974-1984
Arnold
  • 1983
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1976
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
1980-1988
Jack Metro
  • 1982
  • 1981
No Score Yet Laverne & Shirley
1976-1983
Wong
  • 1980
No Score Yet The Incredible Hulk
1978-1982
Fred
  • 1978
No Score Yet Sanford and Son
1972-1977
Ah Chew Hayakawa
  • 1976
  • 1975
  • 1974
No Score Yet Kung Fu
1972-1975
Arthur Chan
  • 1975
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
1972-1983
Capt. Pak
  • 1974
  • 1973
No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show
1972-1978
Bartender
  • 1972
No Score Yet The Odd Couple
1970-1975
Yamada
  • 1972
No Score Yet Green Acres
1965-1971
Charlie Lee
  • 1971
No Score Yet The Flip Wilson Show
1970-1974
Guest
  • 1970

QUOTES FROM Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita CHARACTERS

The Emperor
The flower that blooms in adversity... is the most rare and beautiful of them all.
Miyagi
Miyagi: Oi, you stay focused, Daniel San, your best Karate still inside of you! Now time let out!
The Emperor
No matter how the wind howls, the mountain cannot bow to it.
Miyagi
Walk left, safe. Walk right, safe. Walk in the middle, you get squished like a grape.
Miyagi
[Driver's] License never replace eye, ear and brain.
Miyagi
Trust [the] quality of what you know, not [the] quantity.
Miyagi
Man who catch fly with chopstick....accomplish anything.
Miyagi
Wax on... Wax off, wax on... wax off
Miyagi
Wax on... Wax off, wax on... wax off.
Miyagi
Julie-san, fighting not good. But if must fight... win.
Miyagi
Boys are much easier!
Daniel
You think you could break a log like that?
Miyagi
Don't know. Never been attacked by a tree.
Miyagi
We make sacred pact. I promise teach karate to you, you promise learn. I say, you do, no questions.
Daniel
All right, so what are the rules here?
Miyagi
Don't know. First time you, first time me.
Daniel
Well, I figured you knew about this stuff. I figured you went to these before. Oh great, I'm dead. I am dead. You told me you fought a lot.
Miyagi
For life, not for points.
Miyagi
This not tournament. This for real.
Miyagi
small price to pay for your honor!!
Miyagi
Small price to pay for your honor!
Miyagi
Learn balance Daniel san... Wax-on... Wax-off
Miyagi
Learn balance Daniel san... Wax-on... Wax-off.
The Emperor
I've heard a great deal about you, Fa Mulan. You stole your father's armor, ran away from home, impersonated a soldier, deceived your commanding officer, dishonored the Chinese Army, destroyed my palace, and... you have saved us all.
Miyagi
No such thing as bad student,only bad teacher.
Miyagi
No such thing as bad student, only bad teacher.
Miyagi
Wax-on, wax-off.