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Nobu McCarthy (1934–2002)

Lovely, demure actress Nobu McCarthy, born Nobu Atsumi in Ottawa Canada, was raised in Japan and studied ballet. A modeling career eventually led to her winning the "Miss Tokyo" beauty title. She married a US serviceman and returned to the States in 1955. Discovered by a talent agent, she made a gentle, touching impression in such films as The ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Wash Masi Matsumoto
The Geisha Boy Kimi Sikita
The Wild Wild West Anna Kirby


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 2006 Popcorn Zen (TV Series)
Sumi Tateyama (segment "Drinking Tea")
- Episode #2.1 (2006) ... Sumi Tateyama (segment "Drinking Tea")
 2005 Gaijin - Ama-me Como Sou
Shinobu Senhora
 2000 Any Day Now (TV Series)
Kim Tu Wen
- The Dust of Life (2000) ... Kim Tu Wen
 1999 After One Cigarette (Short)
 1999 Last Chance
Miss Bea
 1993 Painted Desert
Sari Hatano
 1990 Ann Jillian (TV Series)
- A Housewarming (1990)
 1990 Pacific Heights
Mira Watanabe
 1990 China Beach (TV Series)
Madame Lai
- Nightfall (1990) ... Madame Lai
 1988 The Tracey Ullman Show (TV Series)
Tojona the groupie
- Episode #3.1 (1988) ... Tojona the groupie
 1988 The Wash
Masi Matsumoto
 1987 Magnum, P.I. (TV Series)
Barbara Ikeda
- Tigers Fan (1987) ... Barbara Ikeda
 1986 The Karate Kid Part II
 1986 T.J. Hooker (TV Series)
Mrs. McAllister
- Blood Sport (1986) ... Mrs. McAllister
 1982 Diff'rent Strokes (TV Series)
Hi-Sook Chun
- Hello Daddy (1982) ... Hi-Sook Chun
 1979 Quincy M.E. (TV Series)
Lee Yomoshira
- Sweet Land of Liberty (1979) ... Lee Yomoshira
 1978 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Wini Omella
- Frozen Assets (1978) ... Wini Omella
 1976 The Blue Knight (TV Series)
- The Great Wall of Chinatown (1976) ... Lillian
 1976 Barney Miller (TV Series)
Miss Dorothy Murakami
- Christmas Story (1976) ... Miss Dorothy Murakami
 1976 Farewell to Manzanar (TV Movie)
Misa / Jeanne Wakatsuki
 1976 Happy Days (TV Series)
- Arnold's Wedding (1976) ... Momo
 1974 The Magician (TV Series)
Mrs. Ti
- The Illusion of the Lost Dragon (1974) ... Mrs. Ti
 1973 Kung Fu (TV Series)
Mrs. Swan
- The Assassin (1973) ... Mrs. Swan
 1972 Anna and the King (TV Series)
- Louis' Love (1972) ... Fen-Ling
 1970 Lost Flight (TV Movie)
Zora Lewin
 1969-1970 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Kyoko (segment "Love and the Geisha") / Kei-Yoko, the Geisha (segment "Love and the Geisha")
- Love and the Minister/Love and the Geisha/Love and the Singles Apartment (1970) ... Kyoko (segment "Love and the Geisha")
- Love and Take Me Along/Love and the Advice-Givers/Love and the Geisha (1969) ... Kei-Yoko, the Geisha (segment "Love and the Geisha")
 1969 It Takes a Thief (TV Series)
- Mad in Japan (1969) ... Kim
 1968 The Felony Squad (TV Series)
Irene Namura
- Hostage (1968) ... Irene Namura
 1968 Batman (TV Series)
- Louie's Lethal Lilac Time (1968) ... Lotus
 1967 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Monica Hyodo
- The THRUSH Roulette Affair (1967) ... Monica Hyodo
 1966 Tarzan (TV Series)
Dr. Haru
- Village of Fire (1966) ... Dr. Haru
 1966 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
Anna Kirby
- The Night of the Sudden Plague (1966) ... Anna Kirby
 1965 Mister Ed (TV Series)
Mai Ling
- Spies Strike Back (1965) ... Mai Ling
- Coldfinger (1965) ... Mai Ling
 1959-1965 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Sally Choshi / Mitsou Kamuri
- The Case of the Wrongful Writ (1965) ... Sally Choshi
- The Case of the Blushing Pearls (1959) ... Mitsou Kamuri
 1965 The Bing Crosby Show (TV Series)
- That's the Way the Suki Yakies (1965) ... Mitsuko
 1965 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Stanwood's Secretary
- Double Jeopardy (1965) ... Stanwood's Secretary
 1964 Breaking Point (TV Series)
- And If Thy Hand Offend Thee (1964) ... Nobuko
 1963 Love with the Proper Stranger
Yuki (uncredited)
 1962 Wagon Train (TV Series)
- The John Augustus Story (1962) ... Mayleen
 1962 Checkmate (TV Series)
Helen Low
- In a Foreign Quarter (1962) ... Helen Low
 1961-1962 Follow the Sun (TV Series)
Tamiko / Polly Johnson
- Sergeant Kolchak Fades Away (1962) ... Tamiko
- The Longest Crap Game in History (1961) ... Polly Johnson
 1961 Laramie (TV Series)
- Dragon at the Door (1961) ... Haru
 1961 Two Loves
 1959-1961 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
Otome Kojima / Mrs. Kathy Porter
- The Wonderful Nightingale (1961) ... Otome Kojima
- Somewhere South of Suva (1959) ... Mrs. Kathy Porter
 1960 The Islanders (TV Series)
- Talent for Danger (1960) ... Lota
 1960 Walk Like a Dragon
Kim Sung
 1960 Wake Me When It's Over
Ume Tanaka (as Nobu Atsumi McCarthy)
 1959 Pony Express (TV Series)
Princess Yashiko
- Princess of Crazy Creek (1959) ... Princess Yashiko
 1959 Johnny Staccato (TV Series)
Fumiko - Vocalist
- The Shop of the Four Winds (1959) ... Fumiko - Vocalist
 1959 Five Gates to Hell
 1959 Sea Hunt (TV Series)
Sandra 'Sandy' Chung
- Proof of Guilt (1959) ... Sandra 'Sandy' Chung
 1959 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Lotus Blossom
- Nobu McCarthy (1959) ... Lotus Blossom
 1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Song Mayonaka
- Made in Japan (1959) ... Song Mayonaka
 1959 Tokyo After Dark
B-Girl (uncredited)
 1958 The Geisha Boy
Kimi Sikita (as Nobu Atsumi McCarthy)
 1958 The Hunters
Japanese Clerk (uncredited)
 1958 The Adventures of McGraw (TV Series)
Native Beauty
- The Long Aloha (1958) ... Native Beauty
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(January 16 to February 16, 1991) She acted in Philip Kan Gotanda's play, "The Wash," at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California with Sab Shimono in the cast. Sharon Ott was director. See more »

Alternate Names:

Nobu Atsumi McCarthy

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In later years, she had arthritis that sometimes made her move in a way that made her look older than she was. See more »

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