Pat Morita Overview:

Actor, Pat Morita, was born Noriyuki Morita on Jun 28, 1932 in Isleton, CA. Morita died at the age of 73 on Nov 24, 2005 in Las Vegas, NV .

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Although Morita was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1984Best Supporting ActorThe Karate Kid (1984)MiyagiNominated
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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Last movie ever filmed is Royal Kill (2009) (working title: Princess) also starring Eric Roberts and Lalaine.

One of eight actors of Asian descent nominated for an Academy Award in an acting category. The others are Miyoshi Umeki who won Best Supporting Actress nominated for Sayonara (1957), Sessue Hayakawa nominated for The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Mako nominated for The Sand Pebbles (1966), Ben Kingsley who won Best Actor for Gandhi (1982), Haing S. Ngor who won Best Supporting Actor for The Killing Fields (1984), Ken Watanabe nominated for The Last Samurai (2003) and Rinko Kikuchi nominated for Babel (2006).

Diagnosed with spinal tuberculosis as a child and was told that he would never walk. Spent nine years in hospitals.

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