Mr Miyagi dead

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  1. Actor Pat Morita Dies at 73

    Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 5 minutes ago

    LOS ANGELES - Actor Pat Morita, whose portrayal of the wise and dry-witted Mr. Miyagi in "The Karate Kid" earned him an Oscar nomination, has died. He was 73.

    Morita died Thursday at his home in Las Vegas of natural causes, said his wife of 12 years, Evelyn. She said in a statement that her husband, who first rose to fame with a role on "Happy Days," had "dedicated his entire life to acting and comedy."

    In 1984, he appeared in the role that would define his career and spawn countless affectionate imitations. As Kesuke Miyagi, the mentor to Ralph Macchio's "Daniel-san," he taught karate while trying to catch flies with chopsticks and offering such advice as "wax on, wax off" to guide Daniel through chores to improve his skills.

    Morita said in a 1986 interview with The Associated Press he was billed as Noriyuki "Pat" Morita in the film because producer Jerry Weintraub wanted him to sound more ethnic. He said he used the billing because it was "the only name my parents gave me."

    He lost the 1984 best supporting actor award to Haing S. Ngor, who appeared in "The Killing Fields."

    For years, Morita played small and sometimes demeaning roles in such films as "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and TV series such as "The Odd Couple" and "Green Acres." His first breakthrough came with "Happy Days," and he followed with his own brief series, "Mr. T and Tina."

    "The Karate Kid," led to three sequels, the last of which, 1994's "The Next Karate Kid," paired him with a young Hilary Swank.

    Morita was prolific outside of the "Karate Kid" series as well, appearing in "Honeymoon in Vegas," "Spy Hard," "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" and "The Center of the World." He also provided the voice for a character in the Disney movie "Mulan" in 1998.

    Born in northern California on June 28, 1932, the son of migrant fruit pickers, Morita spent most of his early years in the hospital with spinal tuberculosis. He later recovered only to be sent to a Japanese-American internment camp in Arizona during World War II.

    "One day I was an invalid," he recalled in a 1989 AP interview. "The next day I was public enemy No. 1 being escorted to an internment camp by an FBI agent wearing a piece."

    After the war, Morita's family tried to repair their finances by operating a Sacramento restaurant. It was there that Morita first tried his comedy on patrons.

    Because prospects for a Japanese-American standup comic seemed poor, Morita found steady work in computers at Aerojet General. But at age 30 he entered show business full time.

    "Only in America could you get away with the kind of comedy I did," he commented. "If I tried it in Japan before the war, it would have been considered blasphemy, and I would have ended in leg irons. "

    Morita was to be buried at Palm Green Valley Mortuary and Cemetery.

    He is survived by his wife and three daughters from a previous marriage.
  2. Now thats worth reporting on the front page!!!!
  3. Indeed. Wax on wax off Daniel san
  4. I am gutted.

    I would like to see them put all the Karate Kid Films on for the next 10 weeks instead of videos of mouldy yellow blokes . I would like to see a memorial set up for him, and Bliar and TCH leading the procession. If they manage it for the 3rd Dec, down Whitehall, I bet we could muster up some troops.

    Wax on, wax off.

  5. Sixty

    Sixty LE Moderator Book Reviewer
    1. ARRSE Cyclists and Triathletes

    Nowt wrong with The Simpsons :-D
  6. I don't think you understand the severity of this. Mr Miyagi helped children beat their fears - by waxing on and waxing off (and a lot of women for that case too).

    The Simpsons teach us that skateboarding over canyons is ok, unless you get your dad to do it, and it hurts a lot, but its ok, he is never in intensive care for long, and is always back within the next 3 minutes (or after the adverts).

    Mr (sniff) Miyagi (sniff) is gone.

    (By the way, Homer is a cartoon)
  7. Fcuk me and I've been waiting for Karate Kid 5, for the last 10 years! I was always hoping that the wax on wax off stuff would progress to hoop dhobi hoop dhobi!

  8. Sixty

    Sixty LE Moderator Book Reviewer
    1. ARRSE Cyclists and Triathletes

    You b@stard! You'll be telling me Santa's not real next ;-)

    RIP Mr Miyagi.

    Funniest Karate Kid line was when upon seeing another karate bloke smash a log with his bare hands, KK turns to Mr M and asks "could you do that?" to which he replies "don't know; never been attacked by tree" :-D
  9. Where's his headline news coverage? RIP
  10. RIP. He was probably responsible for hundreds of thousands of kids getting off their fat arrses and sweating it out in a dojo.
  11. he was real alright., just had an accident while out one night