Pat Morita

Pat Morita

Highest Rated: 100% Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)

Lowest Rated: 0% When Time Ran Out (1980)

Birthday: Jun 28, 1932

Birthplace: Isleton, California, USA

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. He later 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. 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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rice Girl Peter Ong (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Act Your Age Tom (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 22% 18 Fingers of Death Freeman Lee (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 50% Only the Brave Seigo Takata (Character) - 2006
17% 38% Spymate Kiro (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 56% American Fusion Lao Dong (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 2% The Number One Girl Unknown (Character) - 2005
22% 51% Down and Derby Ono Yakimoto (Character) - 2005
0% 42% Mulan II The Emperor of China (Voice) - 2004
No Score Yet 27% Karate Dog Chin Li (Character) - 2004
62% 32% The Last Shot Himself (Character) $463.7K 2004
No Score Yet 56% Stuey Mr. Leo (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet 92% The Biggest Fan Richard Limp (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Stoneman Prof. Stevens (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet House of Luk Kwang Luk (Character) - 2001
34% 41% The Center of the World Taxi Driver (Character) $1.1M 2001
No Score Yet 25% Shadow Fury Dr. Oh (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hammerlock Un Huong Lo (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 50% The Boys of Sunset Ridge Charlie Watanabe (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 57% I'll Remember April Abe Tanaka (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Coyote Moon Jubal Early (Character) - 1999
0% 35% Desert Heat Jubal Early (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 28% King Cobra Nick Hashimoto (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gone to Maui Mr. Ono (Character) - 1999
86% 85% Mulan The Emperor of China (Voice) $120.6M 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Earth Minus Zero Dr. Mobius Jefferson (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Misery Brothers Judge (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beyond Barbed Wire Narrator - 1997
No Score Yet 34% Bloodsport III David Leung (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 58% Reggie's Prayer Principal (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 42% Bloodsport II: The Next Kumite David Leung (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Hart: Secrets of the Hart Ling Goldberg (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Captured Alive Sam Kashawahara (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 0% Timemaster Isaiah (Character) - 1995
7% 24% The Next Karate Kid Sergeant Kesuke Miyagi (Character) $8.7M 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Asian Connection: Road to Mandalay Y.C. Kung (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Greyhounds Akira Mochizuki (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 25% American Ninja 5 Master Tetsu (Character) - 1993
19% 28% Even Cowgirls Get the Blues The Chink (Character) $1.7M 1993
No Score Yet 64% Miracle Beach Gus (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Auntie Lee's Meat Pies Chief Koal (Character) - 1992
63% 35% Honeymoon in Vegas Mahi Mahi (Character) $33.5M 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Goodbye, Paradise Ben (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 43% Do or Die "Kane" Kaneshiro (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes Yoodo Toda (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 32% Collision Course Investigator Fujitsuka Natsuo (Character) - 1989
15% 35% The Karate Kid Part III Mr. Kesuke Miyagi (Character) $36.8M 1989
No Score Yet 20% Captive Hearts Fukushima (Character),
Writer
$32.5K 1987
No Score Yet 50% Babes in Toyland The Toymaster (Character) - 1986
45% 51% The Karate Kid Part II Mr. Kesuke Miyagi (Character) $112.1M 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Amos Tommy Tanaka (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 9% Slapstick of Another Kind Ah Fong (Character) - 1984
89% 82% The Karate Kid Mr. Kesuke Miyagi (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Vegas Strip Wars Yip Tak (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 89% Savannah Smiles Father Ohara (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jimmy the Kid Maurice (Character) - 1982
0% 20% When Time Ran Out Sam (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Farewell to Manzanar Zenahiro (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Punch and Jody Takahasi (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Brock's Last Case Sam Wong (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Every Little Crook and Nanny Nonaka (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 64% Where Does It Hurt? Nishimoto (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 29% Cancel My Reservation Yamamoto (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Very Missing Person Delmar Faulkenstein (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 75% Evil Roy Slade Turhan (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 70% The Shakiest Gun in the West Wong (Character) - 1968
100% 81% Thoroughly Modern Millie Oriental 2 (Character) - 1967

TV

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No Score Yet 79% Sponge Bob Unknown (Guest Voice) 2006
No Score Yet 91% Robot Chicken Unknown (Guest Voice) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Yes, Dear Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Son of the Beach Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hughleys Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Caroline in the City Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Outer Limits Unknown (Character) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Unknown (Voice) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Married ... With Children Mr. Shimokawa (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
43% No Score Yet Burke's Law Boots McKay (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet 93% The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dave's World Unknown (Guest Star) 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Munsters Today Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet What a Dummy Lucky Ernesto (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Happy Days Matsuo 'Arnold' Takahashi (Guest Star) 1982-1983 1979 1975-1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laverne & Shirley Unknown (Guest Star) 1980
No Score Yet 61% Incredible Hulk Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Starsky and Hutch Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Love Boat Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chico and the Man Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Blansky's Beauties Arnold (Character) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Welcome Back, Kotter Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sanford & Son Ah Chew (Character) 1974-1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tattletales Guest 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kung Fu Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Chuck Yamagata (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Woman Mike Matsuto (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet 93% M*A*S*H Capt. Sam Pak (Guest Star) 1973-1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show The Bartender (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Columbo The House Boy (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Odd Couple Mr. Wing (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Green Acres Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love, American Style Unknown (Character) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Courtship of Eddie's Father Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Chris Yamato (Guest Star) 1967

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