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Born in Japan, Mako was living there with his grandparents while his parents studied art in the United States, when Japan and the U.S. went to war in 1941. His parents remained in the U.S., working for the Office of War Information, and, at the cessation of the conflict, were granted U.S. residency by Congress. Mako joined his parents in New York and studied architecture. He entered the U.S. Army in the early 1950s and acted in shows for military personnel, discovering a talent and love for the theatre. He abandoned his plans to become an architect and instead enrolled at the famed Pasadena Community Playhouse in California. Following his studies there, he appeared in many stage productions and on television. In 1966, he won an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his first film role, as the coolie Po-Han in The Sand Pebbles (1966). Only occasionally since have his roles reached the level of his talents, but he has worked steadily in feature films ever since. He appeared on Broadway in the leading role in Stephen Sondheim's "Pacific Overtures" and he co-founded and served as artistic director for the highly-acclaimed East-West Players theatre company in Los Angeles. After a long battle and illness from cancer, he passed away on the twenty first of July in 2006, at the age of 72. He was survived by his wife, Shizuko Hoshi, who co-starred in episodes of M*A*S*H (1972), as well, and his children and grand-children.

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Dec 10, 1933 In Kobe, Japan
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series McHale's Navy 1962-10-11
Latest Project:
Series Avatar: The Last Airbender 2005-02-21

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination.

Known For
Poster of Avatar: The Last Airbender
Poster of The West Wing
Poster of Charmed
Poster of Frasier
Avatar: The Last Airbender Uncle / ... 30 episodes, 2005-2006 2005-02-21
Duck Dodgers Unknown 2003-08-23
Monk Unknown 2002-07-12
What's New, Scooby-Doo? Unknown 2002-09-14
The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne Unknown 2001-01-05
Samurai Jack Aku / ... 25 episodes, 2001-2017 2001-08-10
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Unknown 2001-08-24
The West Wing Unknown 1999-09-22
Martial Law Unknown 1998-09-26
Charmed Unknown 1998-10-07
Dexter's Laboratory Unknown 1996-03-24
7th Heaven Unknown 1996-08-26
JAG Unknown 1995-09-23
Walker, Texas Ranger Unknown 1993-04-21
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Unknown 1993-01-27
Frasier Unknown 1993-09-16
Diagnosis Murder Unknown 1993-10-29
Tour of Duty Unknown 1987-09-24
Lovejoy Unknown 1986-01-10
The Equalizer Unknown 1985-09-18
The A-Team Unknown 1983-01-23
Faerie Tale Theatre Unknown 1982-09-11
Voyagers! Unknown 1982-10-03
The Greatest American Hero Unknown 1981-03-18
Magnum, P.I. Unknown 1980-12-11
The Facts of Life Unknown 1979-08-24
The Incredible Hulk Unknown 1977-11-04
Quincy M.E. Unknown 1976-10-03
Wonder Woman Unknown 1975-11-07
Kung Fu Unknown 1972-02-22
M*A*S*H Unknown 1972-09-17
The Streets of San Francisco Unknown 1972-09-16
Columbo Unknown 1971-03-01
Hawaii Five-O Unknown 1968-09-20
L'homme de fer Unknown 1967-09-14
The Time Tunnel Unknown 1966-09-09
The Green Hornet Unknown 1966-09-09
F Troop Unknown 1965-09-08
The Big Valley Unknown 1965-09-15
I Dream of Jeannie Unknown 1965-09-18
I Spy Unknown 1965-09-15
Gidget Unknown 1965-09-15
McHale's Navy Unknown 1962-10-11