Mr. Miyagi is the character that made him an icon, now we examine this OSCAR nominated actor who brought him to life.


Kevin Derek


Oscar Alvarez (contributing writer), Kevin Derek
4 wins. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Ralph Macchio ... Self
William Zabka ... Self
Martin Kove ... Self
James Hong ... Self
Efren Ramirez ... Self
Esai Morales ... Self
Julia Nickson ... Self
Pat Morita ... Self
Henry Winkler ... Self
Larry Miller ... Self
Marion Ross ... Self
Simon Rex ... Self
Ron Thomas ... Self
Sean Kanan ... Self
Tommy Chong ... Self


The Oscar nominated actor best known for his role of Mr. Miyagi, left behind a painfully revealing autobiographical record of his much-too-brief time here on earth. Tracing his journey from being bed bound as a boy to the bright lights and discrimination in Hollywood. Deep inside that sweet, generous, multi-talented performer seethed an army of demons, that even alcohol and drug abuse couldn't mask. Written by Kevin Derek

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Anson Williams: My uncle, his philosophy in life was, you know, 'We're all going to die. It's very important to leave behind something positive that doesn't.' And Pat Morita left a lot behind that's positive that enlightens and inspires life every single day.
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A Gentleman
5 March 2021 | by dcarroll74See all my reviews

I only knew of him through Karate Kid. Being Irish and living in Ireland, I never saw all his other renditions. Thankfully, through this documentary, I didn't. There is nothing worse than having to lower oneself to the lowest common demoninater, to achieve employment.

His acting skills were demonstrated in the Karate Kid movies. While he was depicted as a comic, that was for show. He was a showman but, he also wasn't. There is a difference between being a comic, and portraying being a comic.

Having viewed the documentary, he was a skilled actor. Unfortunately, only for The Karate Kid series, he was just another asset, to be used and abused, at will; by the powers to be. And that is what happened. Not only that? What a bloody waste.

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