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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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 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)
 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 Sokoku (TV Movie)
Leo (as Mako Wakamatsu)
 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)
 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 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
 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
 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 Martial Law (TV Series)
Master Reng
- Requiem (1999) ... Master Reng
- Red Storm (1999) ... Master Reng
 1998 JAG (TV Series)
Ichiro Higashimori
- Innocence (1998) ... Ichiro Higashimori
 1997 Riot (TV Movie)
Mr. Lee (segment "Gold Mountain")
 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
 1994 Frasier (TV Series)
Sam Tanaka
- Author, Author (1994) ... Sam Tanaka
 1993 Shaky Ground (TV Series)
Nakamura
- Stayin' Alive (1993) ... Nakamura
 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
 1990 Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes (TV Movie)
Sgt. Moritaki
 1990 Guns of Paradise (TV Series)
Kao
- Dangerous Cargo (1990) ... Kao
 1990 Murder in Paradise (TV Movie)
Capt. Kilalo
 1988 The Equalizer (TV Series)
Jimmy Thanarat
- Riding the Elephant (1988) ... Jimmy Thanarat
 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 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 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
 1982 Romance Theatre (TV Series)
Shibata
- A Fragile Affair: Part 5 (1982) ... Shibata
- A Fragile Affair: Part 4 (1982) ... Shibata
- A Fragile Affair: Part 3 (1982) ... Shibata
- A Fragile Affair: Part 2 (1982) ... Shibata
- A Fragile Affair: Part 1 (1982) ... Shibata
 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 Flamingo Road (TV Series)
- Double Exposure (1982)
 1982 The Facts of Life (TV Series)
Mr. Wakamatsu
- The Americanization of Miko (1982) ... Mr. Wakamatsu
 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
 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
 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 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 If Tomorrow Comes (TV Movie)
Tadashi
 1970 The Challenge (TV Movie)
Yuro
 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
 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
 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
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Personal Details

Other Works:

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

Publicity Listings:

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Alternate Names:

Mako Iwamatsu | Mako Wakamatsu

Height:

5' 4" (1.63 m)
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Personal Quote:

Of course we've been fighting against stereotypes from Day One at East West. That's the reason we formed: to combat that, and to show we are capable of more than just fulfilling the stereotypes -- waiter, laundryman, gardener, martial artist, villain. See more »

Trivia:

Became a naturalized citizen in 1956. See more »

Trademark:

Raspy, thick-accented voice

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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