Monday, October 7, 2013
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 Keisuke Miyagi in the The Karate Kid movie series, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1984.
Pat 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 and to this day go mostly unremembered.