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Mr. Miyagi Died.

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by oneeightyone, Nov 25, 2005.

  1. oneeightyone

    oneeightyone Senior Member

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    Actor Pat Morita Dies at 73

    By TIM MOLLOY, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 29 minutes ago

    LOS ANGELES - Actor
    Pat Morita, whose portrayal of the wise and dry-witted Mr. Miyagi in "The Karate Kid" earned him an Oscar nomination, has died. He was 73.
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    Morita died Thursday at his home in Las Vegas of natural causes, said his wife of 12 years, Evelyn. She said in a statement that her husband, who first rose to fame with a role on "Happy Days," had "dedicated his entire life to acting and comedy."

    In 1984, he appeared in the role that would define his career and spawn countless affectionate imitations. As Kesuke Miyagi, the mentor to
    Ralph Macchio's "Daniel-san," he taught karate while trying to catch flies with chopsticks and offering such advice as "wax on, wax off" to guide Daniel through chores to improve his skills.

    Morita said in a 1986 interview with The Associated Press he was billed as Noriyuki "Pat" Morita in the film because producer Jerry Weintraub wanted him to sound more ethnic. He said he used the billing because it was "the only name my parents gave me."

    He lost the 1984 best supporting actor award to Haing S. Ngor, who appeared in "The Killing Fields."

    For years, Morita played small and sometimes demeaning roles in such films as "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and TV series such as "The Odd Couple" and "Green Acres." His first breakthrough came with "Happy Days," and he followed with his own brief series, "Mr. T and Tina."

    "The Karate Kid," led to three sequels, the last of which, 1994's "The Next Karate Kid," paired him with a young
    Hilary Swank.

    Morita was prolific outside of the "Karate Kid" series as well, appearing in "Honeymoon in Vegas," "Spy Hard," "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" and "The Center of the World." He also provided the voice for a character in the Disney movie "Mulan" in 1998.

    Born in northern California on June 28, 1932, the son of migrant fruit pickers, Morita spent most of his early years in the hospital with spinal tuberculosis. He later recovered only to be sent to a Japanese-American internment camp in Arizona during World War II.

    "One day I was an invalid," he recalled in a 1989 AP interview. "The next day I was public enemy No. 1 being escorted to an internment camp by an
    FBI agent wearing a piece."

    After the war, Morita's family tried to repair their finances by operating a Sacramento restaurant. It was there that Morita first tried his comedy on patrons.

    Because prospects for a Japanese-American standup comic seemed poor, Morita found steady work in computers at Aerojet General. But at age 30 he entered show business full time.

    "Only in America could you get away with the kind of comedy I did," he commented. "If I tried it in Japan before the war, it would have been considered blasphemy, and I would have ended in leg irons. "

    Morita was to be buried at Palm Green Valley Mortuary and Cemetery.

    He is survived by his wife and three daughters from a previous marriage.
     
  2. seeking

    seeking Dirty Dozen Crew

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    my friends hung out wiith him in vegas once, drunk at a bar. i wasn't there.
    respect.
     
  3. Zack Morris

    Zack Morris Veteran Member

    Joined: Jun 23, 2001 Messages: 9,728 Likes Received: 4
    thats no good...RIP mr Miyagi
     
  4. RumPuncher

    RumPuncher Elite Member

    Joined: Jul 4, 2005 Messages: 4,500 Likes Received: 5
    wax on, wax off...... unfuckwithable legend status
     
  5. GamblersGrin

    GamblersGrin Elite Member

    Joined: Sep 24, 2003 Messages: 3,243 Likes Received: 16
    just heard. damn. a very genial man. rip.
     
  6. John Birch

    John Birch Member

    Joined: Apr 14, 2004 Messages: 747 Likes Received: 0
    it always happens in threes...ugly dog, pat morita, whos next????
     
  7. CACashRefund

    CACashRefund 12oz Loyalist

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  8. John Birch

    John Birch Member

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    shit george best died too, thats 3
     
  9. Gunm

    Gunm Banned

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    That's just too sad man

    Wax on, wax off

    you'll be remember Pat Morita
     
  10. dumy

    dumy Veteran Member

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    RIP Mr. Morita
     
  11. swif1

    swif1 Veteran Member

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  13. Yellow Feets

    Yellow Feets Senior Member

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  14. DREDZ

    DREDZ Senior Member

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    superguy...rip
     
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