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Pat Morita (1932–2005)


Abundantly busy and much loved Asian-American actor who became an on-screen hero to millions of adults and kids alike as the wise and wonderful Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid (1984), the sparkling Noriyuki Morita was back again dishing out Eastern philosophy and martial arts lessons for The Karate Kid Part II (1986) and The Karate Kid Part III (1989)... See full bio »

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Known For

The Karate Kid
(1984)
The Karate Kid Part III
The Karate Kid Part III Mr. Kesuke Miyagi
(1989)
Mulan
Mulan The Emperor
(1998)

Filmography

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 2006 SpongeBob SquarePants (TV Series)
Master Udon
- Whale of a Birthday/Karate Island (2006) ... Master Udon (voice)
 2005 The Karate Dog (TV Movie)
Chin Li
 2003 Yes, Dear (TV Series)
Trainer
- When Jimmy Met Greggy (2003) ... Trainer
 2002 Body & Soul (TV Series)
Jin Han
- Yes Master (2002) ... Jin Han
 2000-2001 Baywatch (TV Series)
Hideki Tanaka
- Rescue Me (2001) ... Hideki Tanaka
- Father Faust (2001) ... Hideki Tanaka
- The Ex-Files (2001) ... Hideki Tanaka
- Broken Promises (2000) ... Hideki Tanaka
- Dangerous Games (2000) ... Hideki Tanaka
 2001 First Years (TV Series)
- Touched by a Reindeer ... (as Noriyuki Morita)
 2001 Son of the Beach (TV Series)
King Kumonya
- B.J. Blue Hawaii (2001) ... King Kumonya
 2000 The Hughleys (TV Series)
Mr. Park
- His Park Is Worse Than His Bite (2000) ... Mr. Park
- Guess Who's Coming Out for Dinner? (2000) ... Mr. Park
- Seoul Brother Next Door (2000) ... Mr. Park
 1998-2000 Adventures with Kanga Roddy (TV Series)
Uncle Pat
- Episode #3.9 (2000) ... Uncle Pat
- Episode #3.8 (2000) ... Uncle Pat
- Episode #3.7 (2000) ... Uncle Pat
- Episode #3.6 (2000) ... Uncle Pat
- Episode #3.5 (2000) ... Uncle Pat
 1999 Gone to Maui (TV Movie)
Mr Ono
 1999 Caroline in the City (TV Series)
Mr. Chu
- Caroline and the Ultimatum (1999) ... Mr. Chu
 1998 Diagnosis Murder (TV Series)
Martin Gaylord
- Food Fight (1998) ... Martin Gaylord
 1998 Adventures from the Book of Virtues (TV Series)
Mr. Straw
- Charity (1998) ... Mr. Straw (voice)
 1998 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
Michael Chen
- In the Zone (1998) ... Michael Chen
 1998 Fast Track (TV Series)
- Going Japanese (1998)
 1998 Family Matters (TV Series)
Mr. Tanaka
- Grill of My Dreams (1998) ... Mr. Tanaka
 1996-1998 The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo (TV Series)
Mike 'Grandpa' Woo
- The Spare Parts Mystery (1998) ... Mike 'Grandpa' Woo
- The Mystery of the Mice That Roared (1998) ... Mike 'Grandpa' Woo
- The Skin Deep Mystery (1998) ... Mike 'Grandpa' Woo
- The Yearbook Mystery (1998) ... Mike 'Grandpa' Woo
- The Egg Mystery (1998) ... Mike 'Grandpa' Woo
 1997 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (TV Series)
King Makahana
- Puss in Boots (1997) ... King Makahana (voice)
 1996 Boy Meets World (TV Series)
Wise Man
- I Was a Teenage Spy (1996) ... Wise Man
 1996 Married with Children (TV Series)
Mr. Shimokawa
- Turning Japanese (1996) ... Mr. Shimokawa
 1996 One West Waikiki (TV Series)
Judge
- Kingmare on Night Street (1996) ... Judge
 1996 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Akira Hitaki
- Kendo Killing (1996) ... Akira Hitaki
 1995 Asian Connection: Road to Mandalay (TV Movie)
Y.C. Kung
 1995 Lamb Chop's Special Chanukah (TV Movie)
Pat
 1995 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Boots McKay
- Who Killed the Motor Car Maverick? (1995) ... Boots McKay
 1995 Hart to Hart: Secrets of the Hart (TV Movie)
Ling Goldberg
 1994 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (TV Series)
Mr. Yoshi
- Love Hurts (1994) ... Mr. Yoshi
 1994 Greyhounds (TV Movie)
Akira Mochizuki
 1993 Extralarge: Ninja Shadow (TV Movie)
 1993 Dave's World (TV Series)
Hardware Store Owner
- Exorcising with Dave Barry (1993) ... Hardware Store Owner
 1993 Space Rangers (TV Series)
Nazzer
- Fort Hope (1993) ... Nazzer
 1991-1993 Britannica's Tales Around the World (TV Mini-Series)
Host - Storyteller
- Rapunzel/Fenchelchen/The Princess in the Tower (1993) ... Host - Storyteller
- Beauty and the Beast/The Chinese Parrot/Sedna (1991) ... Host - Storyteller
 1992 Mastergate (TV Movie)
Kevin Naito
 1991 The Munsters Today (TV Series)
Neighbor
- Breaking the Chain (1991) ... Neighbor
 1990 Good Grief (TV Series)
Chip
 1990 What a Dummy (TV Series)
Lucky Ernesto
- The Contractor from Hell (1990) ... Lucky Ernesto
 1990 Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes (TV Movie)
Yoodo Toda
 1989 The Karate Kid (TV Series)
Miyagi - NBC Live action introduction
- A Little World of His Own (1989) ... (voice)
- The Gray Ghosts (1989) ... (voice)
- The Hunt (1989) ... (voice)
- East Meets West (1989) ... (voice)
- Walkabout (1989) ... (voice)
 1987-1988 Ohara (TV Series)
Lt. Ohara
- Hot Spell (1988) ... Lt. Ohara
- Seeing Something That Isn't There (1988) ... Lt. Ohara
- Open Season (1988) ... Lt. Ohara
- Last Year's Model (1988) ... Lt. Ohara
- X (1988) ... Lt. Ohara
 1988 Big Bird in Japan (TV Movie)
Narrator (Bamboo Princess story) (voice)
 1986 What Has Four Wheels and Flies (TV Movie)
 1986 Babes in Toyland (TV Movie)
The Toymaster
 1985 Alice in Wonderland (TV Movie)
The Horse
 1985 Amos (TV Movie)
Tommy Tanaka
 1985 Blind Alleys (TV Movie)
Kenji Sato
 1984 The Vegas Strip War (TV Movie)
Yip Tak (as Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita)
 1984 Pryor's Place (TV Series)
Joe
 1975-1983 Happy Days (TV Series)
Arnold / Matsuo 'Arnold' Takahashi
- Because It's There (1983) ... Matsuo 'Arnold' Takahashi
- I'm Not at Liberty (1983) ... Matsuo 'Arnold' Takahashi
- Life Is More Important Than Show Business (1983) ... Matsuo 'Arnold' Takahashi
- All I Want for Christmas (1982) ... Matsuo 'Arnold' Takahashi
- There's No Business Like No Business (1982) ... Matsuo 'Arnold' Takahashi
 1982 Lou Grant (TV Series)
Ike Tatsumi
- Recovery (1982) ... Ike Tatsumi
 1982 Magnum, P.I. (TV Series)
Jack Metro
- One More Summer (1982) ... Jack Metro
 1981 The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (TV Series)
Cummings' Assistant
- The Roller Disco Karate Kaper (1981) ... Cummings' Assistant
 1981 Aloha Paradise (TV Series)
Dr. Nakamura
 1981 Crash Island (TV Movie)
Kazi Yamamora
 1980 Bizarre (TV Series)
Various Characters
 1980 For the Love of It (TV Movie)
Ishihara
 1980 Laverne & Shirley (TV Series)
Mr. Wong
- Separate Tables (1980) ... Mr. Wong
 1979 Young Guy Christian (TV Movie)
Professor Mishugi
 1978 The Incredible Hulk (TV Series)
Fred
- Stop the Presses (1978) ... Fred
 1978 Human Feelings (TV Movie)
Waiter
 1977-1978 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Mr. Yamashiro / Vincent
 1978 Man from Atlantis (TV Series)
Moby
- Imp (1978) ... Moby
 1978 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series)
Jewelry Store Owner
- The Trap (1978) ... Jewelry Store Owner
 1977 Chico and the Man (TV Series)
Pat Yamaguchi
- Charo Takes Over (1977) ... Pat Yamaguchi
 1977 Blansky's Beauties (TV Series)
Arnold
- Nancy Breaks a Leg (1977) ... Arnold
- My Nephew's Debut (1977) ... Arnold
- Dear Nancy (1977) ... Arnold
- To Nancy with Love (1977) ... Arnold
- Nancy Meets Pa Bates (1977) ... Arnold
 1976 Mr. T and Tina (TV Series)
Taro Takahashi
- I Thought He'd Never Leave (1976) ... Taro Takahashi
- Tina Really Truly Gets Fired (1976) ... Taro Takahashi
- What Makes Sumo Run? (1976) ... Taro Takahashi
- The Americanization of Michi (1976) ... Taro Takahashi
- Pilot (1976) ... Taro Takahashi
 1976 Welcome Back, Kotter (TV Series)
Taro Takahashi
- Career Day (1976) ... Taro Takahashi
 1974-1976 Sanford and Son (TV Series)
Ah Chew / Colonel Hiakowa
- Sergeant Gork (1976) ... Colonel Hiakowa
- Sanford and Rising Son (1975) ... Ah Chew
- The Over-the-Hill Gag (1975) ... Ah Chew
- The Masquerade Party (1975) ... Ah Chew
- Strange Bedfellows (1975) ... Ah Chew
 1976 Farewell to Manzanar (TV Movie)
Zenahiro
 1975 Lola! (TV Series)
- Episode #1.1 (1975)
 1975 Wives (TV Movie)
Waiter
 1975 Kung Fu (TV Series)
Arthur Chen
- Ambush (1975) ... Arthur Chen
 1974 Punch and Jody (TV Movie)
Takahasi
 1974 Cannon (TV Series)
Chuck Yamagata
- The Avenger (1974) ... Chuck Yamagata
 1974 Police Woman (TV Series)
Mike Matsuto
- Anatomy of Two Rapes (1974) ... Mike Matsuto
 1973-1974 M*A*S*H (TV Series)
Capt. Sam Pak
- The Chosen People (1974) ... Capt. Sam Pak
- Deal Me Out (1973) ... Capt. Sam Pak
 1973 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Phoebe
- Tricks Are Not Treats (1973) ... Phoebe
 1973 The Brian Keith Show (TV Series)
Mr. Ishi
- Inflation (1973) ... Mr. Ishi
 1973 Cops (TV Movie)
Captain Irving Ho
 1973 The Barbara Eden Show (TV Movie)
Tomo
 1973 Brock's Last Case (TV Movie)
Sam Wong
 1972 The Bob Newhart Show (TV Series)
The Bartender
 1971-1972 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Kam (segment "Love and the Woman in White") / Bellhop (segment "Love and Lady Luck") / Ah So (segment "Love and the Love Potion")
- Love and the Hairy Excuse/Love and Lady Luck/Love and the Pick-Up Fantasy (1972) ... Bellhop (segment "Love and Lady Luck")
- Love and the Heist/Love and the Love Potion/Love and the Teddy Bear (1971) ... Ah So (segment "Love and the Love Potion") (credit only)
 1972 Columbo (TV Series)
The House Boy
- Étude in Black (1972) ... The House Boy
 1972 A Very Missing Person (TV Movie)
Delmar Faulkenstein
 1972 Evil Roy Slade (TV Movie)
Turhan
 1972 The Odd Couple (TV Series)
Mr. Wing
- Partner's Investment (1972) ... Mr. Wing
 1971 McCloud (TV Series)
Felix
- The Disposal Man (1971) ... Felix
 1971 Green Acres (TV Series)
Charlie Lee
- Hawaiian Honeymoon (1971) ... Charlie Lee
 1971 The Bill Cosby Show (TV Series)
Tree Surgeon
- The Power of a Tree (1971) ... Tree Surgeon
 1970 Nanny and the Professor (TV Series)
Jason Wong
- My Son, the Sitter (1970) ... Jason Wong
 1969 The Courtship of Eddie's Father (TV Series)
Duke Komosori
- The Littlest Kidnapper (1969) ... Duke Komosori
 1969 The Queen and I (TV Series)
Barney Cook
- My Karate Lies Over the Ocean (1969) ... Barney Cook
- Duffy's Cruise (1969) ... Barney Cook
 1968 The Outsider (TV Series)
Toshi
- Love Is Under 'L' (1968) ... Toshi
 1968 Blondie (TV Series)
- Sayanora Dagwood (1968)
 1968 Laugh-In (TV Series)
Various Roles
- Episode #1.8 (1968) ... Various Roles
 1967 Gomer Pyle: USMC (TV Series)
Chris Yamato
- The Recruiting Poster (1967) ... Chris Yamato
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Personal Details

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Alternate Names:

Noriyuki "Pat" Morita | Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita | Noriyuki Morita | Noryuki 'Pat' Morita | Pat Noriyuki Morita | Patrick N. Morita | Pat & Yuki

Height:

5' 3" (1.6 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

Only in America could you get away with the kind of comedy I did. See more »

Trivia:

Due to delayed releases, Morita continued appearing in films for nine years after his death. See more »

Trademark:

Short stature

Nickname:

Nori See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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