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Noriyuki "Pat" Morita (June 28, 1932 – November 24, 2005) was an American stand-up comic, as well as a film and television actor who was well known for playing the roles of Matsuo "Arnold" Takahashi on Happy Days and Mr. Kesuke Miyagi in The Karate Kid movie series, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1985. Additional notable roles include the Emperor of China in the Disney animated film Mulan (1998) and Ah Chew in Sanford and Son (1974–1976).

Morita was the series lead actor in the 1976 television program Mr. T and Tina, and Ohara (1987–1988), a police-themed drama. Both made history for being among the few TV shows to this day with an Asian American series lead. The shows were aired on ABC, but were short-lived.




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