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Pat Morita is a Actor and Scriptwriter American born on 28 june 1932 at Isleton (USA)

Pat Morita

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Birth name Noriyuki Morita
Nationality USA
Birth 28 june 1932 at Isleton (USA)
Death 24 november 2005 (at 73 years) at Las Vegas (USA)

Noriyuki "Pat" Morita (June 28, 1932 – November 24, 2005) was an American film and television actor who was well known for playing the roles of Matsuo "Arnold" Takahashi on Happy Days and Kesuke Miyagi in the The Karate Kid movie series, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1984.

Morita was the lead actor in the television program Mr. T and Tina, regarded as the first American sitcom centered on a person of Asian descent, and Ohara, a police-themed drama. Both television shows were aired on ABC, but they were both short-lived.


Pat Morita est né à Isleton en Californie du Nord. Il développe une tuberculose spinale à l'âge de deux ans et passe la plus grande partie des neuf ans suivants dans les hôpitaux. On lui prédit alors qu'il ne marcherait jamais. Il est enserré dans un corset. Après une intervention chirurgicale, il ré-apprend à marcher à l'âge de 11 ans.

À sa sortie d'hôpital, un agent du FBI escorte Morita et sa famille à un camp d'internement (Gila River en Arizona) pour les Nippo-Américains, où ils vivent plusieurs années. Pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, les Américains d'origine japonaise étaient en effet suspects aux yeux de l'administration US. Il y rencontre un prêtre Catholique qui lui inspirera plus tard son nom de scène « Pat ».

Peu de temps après la fin de la guerre, la famille Morita exploite le « Chop suey Ariake », un restaurant à Sacramento en Californie. Morita y distrait alors les clients par des plaisanteries et servait de Maitre de Cérémonies lors des dîners de groupe.

Plus tard, il travaille comme employé de bureau pour l'État de Californie puis pour la Société « Aerojet-General Corporation », près de Sacramento, comme technicien.

Au début des années 1960, il commence une nouvelle carrière comme comédien de « one-man show » et se produit dans des boîtes de nuit locales et des bars. Il devient ainsi le premier Nippo-Américain vedette.

Dans les années 1960 et 1970, Morita a interprété de nombreux petits rôles à la télévision, dans des séries telles que The Odd Couple, Les Arpents verts (Green Acres) et M*A*S*H, puis rejoignit la troupe des Happy Days dans le rôle de Matsuo « Arnold » Takahashi.

Il apparaitra par la suite dans plus de 100 films et expositions de télévision, et fournit la voix de l'empereur de la Chine dans les films d'animation Mulan et Mulan 2.

En 1984, Morita a interprété son rôle le plus célèbre, celui de Kesuke Miyagi dans le film Karaté Kid (The Karate Kid).

Pour son travail dans le film original, Morita a été nommé à l’Oscar de la catégorie du meilleur second rôle.

Il a également reçu en 1985 une nomination aux Emmys pour le film télévisé Amos.

Son étoile sur le Hollywood Walk of Fame est située à 6633 Hollywood Boulevard.

Un épisode de Bob l'éponge, L'Île karaté (saison 4 en onde le 12 mai 2006 ) auquel il faisait la voix de Udon, lui rend hommage.

Il fait une apparition dans le clip Movies d'Alien Ant Farm.

Best films

The Karate Kid (1984)
The Karate Kid Part II (1986)

Usually with

James Lew
James Lew
(3 films)
Bill Conti
Bill Conti
(6 films)
James Hong
James Hong
(5 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Pat Morita (58 films)

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Royal Kill
Royal Kill (2009)
, 1h30
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films
Actors Eric Roberts, Lalaine, Alexander Wraith, Pat Morita, Jim Carrey
Roles Exhibition Manager
Rating31% 1.579451.579451.579451.579451.57945
A fearsome warrior from the Kingdom of Samarza arrives in America to assassinate a high school girl. The girl does not know it, but she is the last living heir to the Kingdom. A noble guard arrives in America to protect the young princess.
Spymate (2006)
, 1h24
Directed by Robert Vince
Origin Canada
Genres Comedy, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Spy films, Films about apes, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Chris Potter, Emma Roberts, Michael Bailey Smith, Richard Kind, Musetta Vander, Pat Morita
Roles Kiro
Rating39% 1.9940251.9940251.9940251.9940251.994025
Minkey, a super-spy primate, rescues his partner Mike Muggins (Chris Potter) from Middle Eastern terrorists. Their secretary, Edith (Debra Jo Rupp) congratulates them as the two best spies in the business, but Mike informs her that he is going to retire to be with his wife and daughter. The movie flashes forward 10 years. Mike's wife had died, and his daughter, Amelia (Emma Roberts), is a child prodigy, having invented a revolutionary oxygen iodide laser drill. Amelia is about to receive the National Scientific Achievement Award from the world's leading scientists, Dr. Robert Farley (Richard Kind) and Dr. Claudette Amour (Musetta Vander). Mike tells her how proud he is, and reminds her that Minkey is in town, now the star of a circus show. Mike offers to take Amelia to Minkey's show, but Amelia laughs it off, remembering those "silly stories" he used to tell her about life as a spy.
Only The Brave, 1h39
Directed by Lane Nishikawa
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Action
Themes Prison films, Political films
Actors Marc Dacascos, Jeff Fahey, Lane Nishikawa, Takayo Fischer, Gina Hiraizumi, Jason Scott Lee
Roles Seigo Takata
Rating53% 2.656152.656152.656152.656152.65615
In 1953, Jimmy Takata (Nishikawa) suffers from "battle fatigue" (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), to the great concern of his wife, Mary (Tomita). Raised in Hawaii, Takata and some of his friends enlisted in the 100th Battalion, serving in the European Theater of Operations. In a series of flashbacks, he remembers the war and events in his life surrounding it. Following a head injury, he begins to have visions, and believes that he is seeing memories of other men, including his friend Freddy Watada (Watanabe) as he courted Mary (who would later be Jimmy's wife) before entering the Army. Freddy receives a "million-dollar wound" (one which is serious enough to require evacuation to the United States, but not permanently disabling), and he shows Takata an engagement ring, purchased before being sent to Europe, which he intends to give Mary upon his return.
Down and Derby, 1h30
Directed by Eric Hendershot
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about religion
Actors Greg Germann, Lauren Holly, Adam Hicks, Pat Morita, Perry Anzilotti, Joey Miyashima
Roles Ono Yakimoto
Rating55% 2.7556852.7556852.7556852.7556852.755685
As a child, Phil Davis (Greg Germann) was able to outrun, outjump and outhit anyone in his class, until a kid from California, Ace Montana (Marc Raymond), moved into town. Ever since then, Ace has been number one and Phil number two. Even in the cul-de-sac where the four childhood friends and rivals (Montana, Davis, Blaine Moosman (Ross Brockley) and "Big Jimmy" Scaldoni (Perry Anzilotti)) live, the Montana's mailbox is #1, and the Davis' mailbox is #2. After a basketball game where Phil's son's team loses to Ace's son's team, Phil realizes that the Davis family's second-place status has passed on to the next generation.
Mulan II
Mulan II (2004)
, 1h19
Directed by Darrell Rooney
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Action, Animation, Romance
Themes Films about animals, Films about families, Feminist films, Films about magic and magicians, Films based on mythology, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Transgender in film, Films about insects, Films about dragons, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Ming-Na Wen, B.D. Wong, Mark Moseley, Lucy Liu, Harvey Fierstein, Sandra Oh
Roles The Emperor (voice)
Rating57% 2.8846852.8846852.8846852.8846852.884685
A month after the events of the first film, General Shang asks Mulan for her hand in marriage and she happily accepts. Hearing about their engagement, Mushu is thrilled for them until the leader of the ancestors informs him that if Mulan gets married he will lose his job as a guardian dragon and have to leave Mulan and his pedestal, which is his place of honor as a guardian. The ancestors are happy with this because Mulan would be getting married to Shang, and would become a part of his family, which would require her to have his family ancestors and guardians. Wanting to keep his job and his friend, Mushu attempts to tear the couple apart, having noticed that they are not very compatible, while Cri-Kee tries to foil his attempts and keep the couple together. Meanwhile, the Emperor calls upon Mulan and General Shang to escort his three daughters, Princesses Mei, Ting-Ting and Su, across China to be betrothed to three princes so that an alliance can be formed with the kingdom of Qui Gong. If the task is not completed within three days, the alliance will crumble, and the Mongols will destroy China.
Miss Cast Away, 1h30
Directed by Bryan Michael Stoller
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Eric Roberts, Charlie Schlatter, Bob Denver, Jerry Lewis, Brande Roderick, Michael Jackson
Rating22% 1.113811.113811.113811.113811.11381
A plane carrying beauty contestants crash lands on a deserted island. Captain Maximus Powers (Roberts) and co-pilot Mike Saunders (Schlatter) have to take care of their passengers, while avoiding the dangers of Jurassic Pork (a giant prehistoric pig) and a group of apes busy trying to relaunch Noah's Ark.
Elvis Has Left the Building, 1h30
Directed by Joel Zwick
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Romance
Actors John Corbett, Kim Basinger, Annie Potts, Sean Astin, Pat Morita, Mike Starr
Roles Man in Turban
Rating51% 2.553642.553642.553642.553642.55364
The film opens with Harmony (Basinger) driving down a long, winding road, the music of Elvis playing on the radio. She feels that her life is empty and artificial. She is a traveling cosmetic saleswoman, setting up "Pink Lady" training seminars in the western portion of the United States. When she is asked if she's "one of those Mary Kaye ladies," she replies, "No, we're pink, they're more salmon." While she is popular and successful selling "Pink Lady," there is nothing real or honest in her life.
The Karate Dog, 1h24
Directed by Bob Clark
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Films about animals, Sports films, Martial arts films, Films about dogs, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Jon Voight, Simon Rex, Jaime Pressly, Pat Morita, Chevy Chase, Nicollette Sheridan
Roles Chin Li
Rating27% 1.385981.385981.385981.385981.38598
A talking dog named Cho Cho teams up with a police detective named Peter Fowler to solve the murder of his owner Chin Li.
The Last Shot, 1h33
Directed by Jeff Nathanson
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Crime
Themes Films about films, Mafia films, Gangster films
Actors Matthew Broderick, Alec Baldwin, Toni Collette, Tim Blake Nelson, Calista Flockhart, Ray Liotta
Roles Pat Morita
Rating57% 2.8507952.8507952.8507952.8507952.850795
FBI agent Joe Devine (Alec Baldwin) has been assigned to coming up with an elaborate scheme to take down infamous mob boss John Gotti. He assumes the role of a Hollywood producer and tells all the right lies to enlist a stooge to help execute his sting. He finds unsuspecting wannabe writer/director Steven Schats (Matthew Broderick), who'd do just about everything to get the chance to direct a feature. Schats falls for the pitch, but what Devine doesn't tell Schats is that the movie will never be made.
High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story, 1h50
Genres Drama, Biography, Action
Actors Michael Imperioli, Michael Nouri, Pat Morita, Steve Schirripa, Vincent Van Patten, Todd Susman
Rating60% 3.0009053.0009053.0009053.0009053.000905
High Roller is told in flashback. Ungar (Michael Imperioli), in a motel room on the last night of his life, relates his personal story to a stranger (Michael Pasternak). He speaks of growing up as the son of a bookie, his career as a tournament gin player, moving into poker, his marriage and the birth of his daughter Stefanie, cocaine abuse, and the breakup of his marriage. The film climaxes with Ungar's third victory at the main event of the World Series of Poker a year before his passing. In the final scene, Ungar departs the motel room with the stranger (who apparently represents Death).
The Biggest Fan
Genres Comedy, Documentary, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Cindy Williams, Jesse McCartney, Richard Moll, Pat Morita, Courtnee Draper, Michael Winslow
Roles Richard Limp
Rating44% 2.233522.233522.233522.233522.23352
Debbie's favorite band is Dream Street, and her favorite member is Chris Trousdale. When Chris gets a fever while travelling on the Dream Street tour, in a haze, he strays away and ends up in Debbie's bed, much to the shock of his "Biggest Fan," who thinks she's in heaven. Debbie proposes that Chris stay with her and he agrees. So, over the week they spend time together and she secretly hides him so he can escape the pressures of being a pop star for a little while. Chris even attends high school with Debbie, while disguised as a nerd. Meanwhile, the band's managers are going crazy at the loss of the star, thinking he has been kidnapped. At the end of the week Debbie and Chris (in disguise) go to her high school prom where two jealous popular girls figure out Chris's true identity and tell the police about Chris's whereabouts, splitting him and Debbie up.
The Center of the World, 1h27
Directed by Wayne Wang
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Films about prostitution, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Peter Sarsgaard, Molly Parker, Carla Gugino, Pat Morita, Alisha Klass, Balthazar Getty
Roles Taxi Driver
Rating57% 2.8950452.8950452.8950452.8950452.895045
A couple checks into a suite in Las Vegas. In flashbacks we see that he's a computer whiz on the verge of becoming a millionaire (Peter Sarsgaard), she's a lap dancer at a club (Molly Parker). He's depressed, withdrawing from work, missing meetings with investors. He wants a connection, so he offers her $10,000 to spend three nights with him in Vegas, and she accepts with conditions: four hours per night of erotic play, and no penetration. During the days in Vegas, they get to know each other, have fun, meet a friend of hers, casino dealer Jerri (Carla Gugino); at night, at least after the first night, things seem to get complicated. When the three days are over, the stripper makes it clear that she was only there for the money and that the man she spent the time with was just a client. Upset that the feelings he had weren't mutual he then rapes her, which she makes no attempt to stop. She then masturbates for him to achieve orgasm. The next day he returns home heartbroken. The movie ends with his return to the strip club to see the woman he fell in love with again. She greets him fondly and says that she is glad to see him again. Because the movie is shown in a non-linear format, it is left to the viewer's interpretation of when this event occurred.
Volcano High, 2h
Directed by Kim Tae-gyun
Origin Coree du sud
Genres Martial arts, Fantastic, Comedy, Action, Martial arts
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films
Actors Sin Min-ah, Jang Hyuk, Kim Su-ro, Kwon Sang-woo, Gong Hyo-jin, Method Man
Roles Vice Principal Jang Hak-Sa (MTV English Dub) (voice)
Rating60% 3.0001953.0001953.0001953.0001953.000195
Kim Gyeong-Su, jeune étudiant bêta et indiscipliné, est renvoyé pour la 9e fois de son lycée pour avoir usé de ses pouvoirs paranormaux contre un professeur. Décidé à ne plus les utiliser, il se retrouve à « Volcano High School », le lycée de la dernière chance où beaucoup d’élèves possèdent les mêmes facultés extra-sensorielles. À son arrivée, il découvre une ambiance chaotique, des guerres de gangs entre élèves, voire entre profs, et se veut résolument neutre. L'origine de ces conflits provient d’une rumeur persistante sur le fait qu’un élève ou un prof surdoué pourrait déchiffrer un manuscrit mystérieux et serait doté de pouvoirs infinis. Pris à partie par certains élèves, et malgré tout son bon vouloir, Gyeong-Su se voit contraint d’affronter ses ennemis.
I'll Remember April, 1h30
Directed by Bob Clark
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War
Themes Political films, Children's films
Actors Pat Morita, Trevor Morgan, Pam Dawber, Haley Joel Osment, Mark Harmon, Paul Dooley
Roles Abe Tanaka
Rating62% 3.1474653.1474653.1474653.1474653.147465
Four children capture a Japanese soldier who washes ashore during the Second World War.