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Mako (I) (1933–2006)


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 ... See full bio »

Died:

(age 72) in Somis, California, USA

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Filmography

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 2007 Rise: Blood Hunter
Poe
 2007 TMNT
Splinter (voice)
 2005-2006 Avatar: The Last Airbender (TV Series)
Uncle / Additional Voices / Red Dragon / ...
- The Guru (2006) ... Uncle (voice)
- The Crossroads of Destiny (2006) ... Uncle (voice)
- The Earth King (2006) ... Uncle / Red Dragon (voice)
- Lake Laogai (2006) ... Uncle (voice)
- Appa's Lost Days (2006) ... Uncle (voice)
 2005 Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! (TV Series)
Master Offay
- Monster Battle Club Now! (2005) ... Master Offay (voice)
 2005 Memoirs of a Geisha
Sakamoto
 2003-2005 Duck Dodgers (TV Series)
Happy Cat / Ah-Choo
- Bonafide Heroes (2005) ... Happy Cat (voice)
- Surf the Stars/Samurai Quack (2005) ... Ah-Choo / Happy Cat (voice)
- The Queen Is Wild/Back to the Academy (2003) ... Happy Cat (voice, uncredited)
- Hooray for Hollywood Planet (2003) ... Happy Cat (voice)
 2005 Cages
Tan
 2005 Sokoku (TV Movie)
Leo (as Mako Wakamatsu)
 2005 Genndy's Scrapbook (Video short)
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 2005 Monk (TV Series)
Master Zi
- Mr. Monk vs. the Cobra (2005) ... Master Zi
 2004 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (TV Series)
Narrator
- Test of Time/A Kick in the Asgard (2004) ... Narrator (voice)
 2001-2004 Samurai Jack (TV Series)
Aku / Hermit
- The Four Seasons of Death (2004) ... Aku (voice)
- Jack Versus Aku (2003) ... Aku (voice)
- The Aku Infection (2003) ... Aku (voice)
- The Birth of Evil Part II (2003) ... Aku (voice)
 2004 Samurai Jack: The Shadow of Aku (Video Game)
Aku (voice)
 2003 Secret Weapons Over Normandy (Video Game)
Imperial Japanese Voices #1 (voice)
 2003 Medal of Honor: Rising Sun (Video Game)
Masataka Shima (voice)
 2003 True Crime: Streets of LA (Video Game)
General Kim (voice)
 2003 Bus Story (Short)
Father Christmas
 2003 Charmed (TV Series)
Sorcerer
- Love's a Witch (2003) ... Sorcerer
 2003 What's New, Scooby-Doo? (TV Series)
The Ancient One
- Big Appetite in Little Tokyo (2003) ... The Ancient One (voice)
 2003 Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader (Video Game) (voice)
 2003 Lionheart (Video Game)
Grumdjum (voice)
 2003 Black Sash (TV Series)
Master Li
- Snap Shots (2003) ... Master Li
- Prime Suspect (2003) ... Master Li
- Date Night (2003) ... Master Li
- Jump Start (2003) ... Master Li
 1996-2003 Dexter's Laboratory (TV Series)
Main Title Narrator / Narrator
- The Scrying Game/Monstrosi-Dee Dee/Dad Man Walking (2003) ... Main Title Narrator (voice)
- Streaky Clean/A Dad Cartoon/Sole Brother (2001) ... Main Title Narrator (voice)
- Topped Off/Dee Dee's Tail/No Power Trip (1998) ... Main Title Narrator (voice)
- Sports-a-Poppin'/Koos a la Goop a Goop/Project Dee Dee (1997) ... Main Title Narrator (voice)
- Unfortunate Cookie/The Muffin King (1997) ... Narrator (voice)
 2003 Lost at Home (TV Series)
Mr. Li
- Good Will Hunting (2003) ... Mr. Li
 2002 Cruel Game
Straw Hat
 2001 Diagnosis Murder (TV Series)
Lee Moy
- The Red's Shoes (2001) ... Lee Moy
 2000 The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne (TV Series)
Kajimori
- The Inquisitor (2000) ... Kajimori
 2000 Talk to Taka (Short)
Mr. Hiro
 1997-2000 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
Edward Song / Dr. Henry Lee
- Black Dragons (2000) ... Edward Song
- Heart of the Dragon (1997) ... Dr. Henry Lee
 1999 7th Heaven (TV Series)
Henry Muranaka
- Dirty Laundry (1999) ... Henry Muranaka
 1999 Owls' Castle
Toyotomi Hideyoshi (as Mako Iwamatsu)
 1999 Martial Law (TV Series)
Master Reng
- Requiem (1999) ... Master Reng
- Red Storm (1999) ... Master Reng
 1999 Kyohansha
Police (as Mako Iwamatsu)
 1999 Alegría
Old Momo
 1998 JAG (TV Series)
Ichiro Higashimori
- Innocence (1998) ... Ichiro Higashimori
 1997 Riot (TV Movie)
Mr. Lee (segment "Gold Mountain")
 1996 Sworn to Justice
Mr. Young
 1996 Balance of Power
Todo Matsumoto
 1994-1996 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (TV Series)
Li Sung
- Veil of Tears (1996) ... Li Sung
- Tournament (1994) ... Li Sung
 1995 Platypus Man (TV Series)
Mr. Loo
- Dying to Live (1995) ... Mr. Loo
 1995 Midnight Man
Buun Som
 1995 A Dangerous Place
Sensei
 1994 Cultivating Charlie
Katsu
 1994 Red Sun Rising
Buntoro Iga
 1994 Frasier (TV Series)
Sam Tanaka
- Author, Author (1994) ... Sam Tanaka
 1993 Rising Sun
Yoshida-san
 1993 Shaky Ground (TV Series)
Nakamura
- Stayin' Alive (1993) ... Nakamura
 1992 My Samurai
Mr. Tszing
 1992 Sidekicks
Mr. Lee
 1992 Nightingale (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1991 Lovejoy (TV Series)
Toshiro Tanaka
- The Black Virgin of Vladimir (2 of 2) (1991) ... Toshiro Tanaka
- Riding in Rollers (1 of 2) (1991) ... Toshiro Tanaka
 1991 Strawberry Road
Frank Machida
 1991 The Perfect Weapon
Kim
 1990 Pacific Heights
Toshio Watanabe
 1990 Taking Care of Business
Mr. Sakamoto
 1990 Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes (TV Movie)
Sgt. Moritaki
 1990/I Enemy
Trang
 1990 Guns of Paradise (TV Series)
Kao
- Dangerous Cargo (1990) ... Kao
 1990 Murder in Paradise (TV Movie)
Capt. Kilalo
 1989 An Unremarkable Life
Max Chin
 1988 The Equalizer (TV Series)
Jimmy Thanarat
- Riding the Elephant (1988) ... Jimmy Thanarat
 1988 The Wash
Nobu Matsumoto
 1988 Silent Assassins
Oyama
 1987 Tour of Duty (TV Series)
Tran
- Sitting Ducks (1987) ... Tran
 1987 Spenser: For Hire (TV Series)
Tommy Nguyen
- My Brother's Keeper (1987) ... Tommy Nguyen
 1987 Ohara (TV Series)
Toshi
- Toshi (1987) ... Toshi
 1986 Behind Enemy Lines
Capt. Vinh
 1986 Kung Fu: The Movie (TV Movie)
The Manchu
 1984 Hawaiian Heat (TV Movie)
Major Oshira
 1983 Girls of the White Orchid (TV Movie)
Mori
 1983 Testament
Mike
 1983 The A-Team (TV Series)
Lin Duk Coo - Pastry Chef
- Recipe for Heavy Bread (1983) ... Lin Duk Coo - Pastry Chef
 1983 The Last Ninja (TV Movie)
Aitaro Sakura
 1983 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
Gardener / Minister
- The Nightingale (1983) ... Gardener / Minister
 1983 Magnum, P.I. (TV Series)
Tozan
 1977-1982 Quincy M.E. (TV Series)
John Moroshima / Mr. Yamaguchi
- Sword of Honor, Blade of Death (1982) ... John Moroshima
 1982 Voyagers! (TV Series)
Karauna Chief
- The Travels of Marco... and Friends (1982) ... Karauna Chief
 1982 Bring 'Em Back Alive (TV Series)
Tanako
- The Pied Piper (1982) ... Tanako
 1982 Conan the Barbarian
The Wizard / Narrator
 1982 Flamingo Road (TV Series)
- Double Exposure (1982)
 1982 The Facts of Life (TV Series)
Mr. Wakamatsu
- The Americanization of Miko (1982) ... Mr. Wakamatsu
 1981 The Bloody Bushido Blade
Enjiro
 1981 An Eye for an Eye
James Chan
 1981 Under the Rainbow
Nakomuri
 1981 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Kwong Soo Luke
- The Heroine/The Warrior (1981) ... Kwong Soo Luke
 1974-1980 M*A*S*H (TV Series)
Li Han / Lt. Hung Lee Park / Major Choi / ...
- The Best of Enemies (1980) ... Li Han
- Guerilla My Dreams (1979) ... Lt. Hung Lee Park
- Hawkeye Get Your Gun (1976) ... Major Choi
 1980 The Big Brawl
Herbert
 1979 A Man Called Sloane (TV Series)
Tanaka
- Samurai (1979) ... Tanaka
 1979 When Hell Was in Session (TV Movie)
Maj. Bai
 1978-1979 The Incredible Hulk (TV Series)
Li Sung
- The Disciple (1979) ... Li Sung
- Another Path (1978) ... Li Sung
 1979 Supertrain (TV Series)
Kirby
- Pirouette (1979) ... Kirby
 1979 Salvage 1 (TV Series)
Toshiro
- Shangri-la Lil (1979) ... Toshiro
 1979 Wonder Woman (TV Series)
Mr. Brown
- Going, Going, Gone (1979) ... Mr. Brown
 1978 Columbo (TV Series)
Kanji Ousu
- Murder Under Glass (1978) ... Kanji Ousu
 1976 Visions (TV Series)
Masu Murakami
- Gold Watch (1976) ... Masu Murakami
 1976 Mr. T and Tina (TV Series)
 1976 Farewell to Manzanar (TV Movie)
Fukimoto
 1976 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Kazuo Tahashi
- Legacy of Terror (1976) ... Kazuo Tahashi
 1976 Pacific Overtures (TV Movie)
Reciter / Shogun / Jonathan Goble
 1975 The Killer Elite
Yuen Chung
 1975 Prisoners
Sgt. Nguyen
 1974 Judge Dee and the Monastery Murders (TV Movie)
Tao Gan
 1974 Mannix (TV Series)
Tami Okada
- Enter Tami Okada (1974) ... Tami Okada
 1974 Ironside (TV Series)
Phil
- Terror on Grant Avenue (1974) ... Phil
 1973 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Jack (segment "Love and the Fortunate Cookie")
 1973 Kung Fu (TV Series)
Wong Ti Lu
- The Tide (1973) ... Wong Ti Lu
 1972 Yokahama Mama (Short)
Rooster (voice)
 1972 Anna and the King (TV Series)
Sanum
- The King and the Egg (1972) ... Sanum
 1972 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Kenji
- Pilot (1972) ... Kenji
 1971 Silence (as Mako Iwamatsu)
 1971 If Tomorrow Comes (TV Movie)
Tadashi
 1970 Fools
Psychiatrist
 1970 The Hawaiians
Mun Ki
 1970 The Challenge (TV Movie)
Yuro
 1969 The Great Bank Robbery
Secret Agent Fong
 1966-1968 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Yoshimura / Angry Youth
- Southwind (1968) ... Yoshimura
- The Hiding Place (1966) ... Angry Youth (uncredited)
 1968 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Wong Lo
- Rimfire (1968) ... Wong Lo
 1967 Vacation Playhouse (TV Series)
Simba
- Alfred of the Amazon (1967) ... Simba
 1967 The Time Tunnel (TV Series)
Lt. Nakamura
- Kill Two by Two (1967) ... Lt. Nakamura
 1967 F Troop (TV Series)
Samurai Warrior
- From Karate with Love (1967) ... Samurai Warrior
 1966 The Green Hornet (TV Series)
Low Sing
 1966 The Ugly Dachshund
Kenji
 1965-1966 I Spy (TV Series)
Jimmy / Baby Face
- Court of the Lion (1966) ... Baby Face
- The Loser (1965) ... Jimmy
 1965 Gidget (TV Series)
Casey
 1965 The Wackiest Ship in the Army (TV Series)
T. Vushikori
- The Stowaway (1965) ... T. Vushikori
 1964-1965 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Happy Tuava / Pete
- The Prisoners of Mr. Sin (1965) ... Happy Tuava
- Who Killed April? (1964) ... Pete
 1965 I Dream of Jeannie (TV Series)
Kato
- Jeannie and the Marriage Caper (1965) ... Kato
 1965 McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force
Japanese Submarine Captain (uncredited)
 1964-1965 Broadside (TV Series)
Captain Osato / The Japanese Commander
- Once Upon an Island (1965) ... Captain Osato
- Kill 'Em with Kindness (1964) ... The Japanese Commander
 1962-1965 McHale's Navy (TV Series)
The Japanese Non-Com / Lt. Sakawa / Sessua / ...
- Chuckie Cottontail (1965) ... The Japanese Non-Com
- The PT 73 Follies (1965) ... Lt. Sakawa
- The Balloon Goes Up (1964) ... Sessua
- A Letter for Fuji (1963) ... The 3rd Japanese Soldier
- Have Kimono, Will Travel (1963) ... The 1st Japanese Soldier
 1964 Arrest and Trial (TV Series)
Kyoto
- Signals of an Ancient Flame (1964) ... Kyoto
 1962-1963 Ensign O'Toole (TV Series)
Yamada Jr. / Sgt. Harada / Kumagae
- Operation: Geisha (1963) ... Yamada Jr.
- Operation Holdout (1962) ... Sgt. Harada
- Operation Kowana (1962) ... Kumagae
 1963 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Iko Nakayama
- Stranger from the Sea (1963) ... Iko Nakayama
 1963 The Gallant Men (TV Series)
Frank Fakuda
- One Puka Puka (1963) ... Frank Fakuda
 1962 The Lloyd Bridges Show (TV Series)
Takahashi
- Yankee Stay Here (1962) ... Takahashi
 1959 Never So Few
Soldier in Hospital (uncredited)
Show Show Soundtrack (3 credits)
Show Show Production designer (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (2 credits)
Show Show Self (9 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (8 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

Mako's voice was used in the video game "Wrath Unleashed"

Publicity Listings:

2 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

Mako Iwamatsu | Mako Wakamatsu

Height:

5' 4" (1.63 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

On the barriers that Asian-American actors have to face in Hollywood: "I go into a young film director's office these days and he says, 'Hey man, I know who you are. I grew up watching McHale's Navy (1962)'. And I think, 'Oh boy, here we go again'". See more »

Trivia:

Received a special tribute as part of the Annual Memorial tribute at The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007). See more »

Trademark:

Raspy, thick-accented voice

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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