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Birth information

10 December 1933 Kobe, Japan

Death information

21 July 2006 Somis, California, USA

Given Name

Makoto Iwamatsu

How tall is Mako?

1.63 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Shizuko Hoshi

Life Story of Mako

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 and studied architecture. He entered the U.S. Army in the early 1950s and acted in shows for military personnel, discovering a talent and love for the theatre. He abandoned his plans to become an architect and instead enrolled at the famed Pasadena Community Playhouse in California. Following his studies there, he appeared in many stage productions and on television. In 1966, he won an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his first film role, as the coolie Po-Han in The Sand Pebbles (1966). Only occasionally since have his roles reached the level of his talents, but he has worked steadily in feature films ever since. He appeared on Broadway in the leading role in Stephen Sondheim's "Pacific Overtures" and he co-founded and served as artistic director for the highly-acclaimed East-West Players theatre company in Los...

Significant features of Mako

Raspy thick-accented voice

What movies did Mako play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Rise: Blood Hunter (2007) Poe, TMNT (2007) Splinter, Avatar: The Last Airbender (2006) Uncle / Additional Voices / Red Dragon, Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! (2005) Master Offay, Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) Sakamoto, Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Legend So Far (2005) Uncle Iroh, Duck Dodgers (2005) Happy Cat / Ah-Choo, Cages (2005) Tan, Sokoku (2005) Leo, Genndy's Scrapbook (2005) Narrator, The West Wing (2005) Dr. Yosh Takahashi, Monk (2005) Master Zi, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (2004) Narrator, Samurai Jack: The Shadow of Aku (2004) Aku,...

Birth information

10 December 1933 Kobe, Japan

Death information

21 July 2006 Somis, California, USA

Given Name

Makoto Iwamatsu

How tall is Mako?

1.63 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Shizuko Hoshi

Life Story of Mako

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 and studied architecture. He entered the U.S. Army in the early 1950s and acted in shows for military personnel, discovering a talent and love for the theatre. He abandoned his plans to become an architect and instead enrolled at the famed Pasadena Community Playhouse in California. Following his studies there, he appeared in many stage productions and on television. In 1966, he won an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his first film role, as the coolie Po-Han in The Sand Pebbles (1966). Only occasionally since have his roles reached the level of his talents, but he has worked steadily in feature films ever since. He appeared on Broadway in the leading role in Stephen Sondheim's "Pacific Overtures" and he co-founded and served as artistic director for the highly-acclaimed East-West Players theatre company in Los...

Significant features of Mako

Raspy thick-accented voice

What movies did Mako play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Rise: Blood Hunter (2007) Poe, TMNT (2007) Splinter, Avatar: The Last Airbender (2006) Uncle / Additional Voices / Red Dragon, Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! (2005) Master Offay, Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) Sakamoto, Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Legend So Far (2005) Uncle Iroh, Duck Dodgers (2005) Happy Cat / Ah-Choo, Cages (2005) Tan, Sokoku (2005) Leo, Genndy's Scrapbook (2005) Narrator, The West Wing (2005) Dr. Yosh Takahashi, Monk (2005) Master Zi, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (2004) Narrator, Samurai Jack: The Shadow of Aku (2004) Aku,...

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Jackie Chan, Kristine DeBell, and Mako in Die grosse Keilerei (1980)

Became a naturalized citizen in 1956.

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Dante Basco, Mako, and Jeff Speakman in Eine perfekte Waffe (1991)

Frequently cast by Chuck Norris.

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Mako in Eine perfekte Waffe (1991)

Children: daughters Sala and Mimosa.

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George Cheung, Mako, Haunani Minn, and Marcus K. Mukai in M*A*S*H (1972)

Was nominated for Broadway's 1976 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for "Pacific Overtures".

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Laura Gemser, Frank Converse, and Mako in Das Schwert des Shogun (1981)

Artistic Director Emeritus of the nation's premier Asian-American theatre organization, East West Players, located in the "Little Tokyo" area of Los Angeles, California, USA.

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Mako in Geliebter Haustyrann (1966)

Passed away one day after being officially announced as the voice of Master Splinter in the animated movie TMNT (2007).

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Mako in Crying Freeman - Der Sohn des Drachen (1995)

In the months before his death, he was preparing to appear with his wife in an East West production of the comedy "Motty Chon". Instead of recasting the role, the company, out of respect, canceled the production.

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Sean Connery and Mako in Die Wiege der Sonne (1993)

Pioneer of Asian-American theater in Los Angeles, California.

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Mako in M*A*S*H (1972)

His widow Shizuko Hoshi is a dancer, choreographer and actress.

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Jackie Chan and Mako in Die grosse Keilerei (1980)

He was the East West Players' first artistic director in 1965. He also taught acting classes there to help pay the company's bills. The company's first home was a basement in a Silver Lake church secured by co-founder Beulah Quo. It later moved to a storefront on Santa Monica Blvd. Since 1998, it has been housed in the historic Union Center for the Arts and performs in a 240 seat theater.

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James Caan, Tiana Alexandra-Silliphant, and Mako in Die Killer-Elite (1975)

Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) (Actors Branch).

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Mako, Simon Oakland, and Barney Phillips in Kanonenboot am Yangtse-Kiang (1966)

One of eight actors of Asian descent nominated for an Academy Award in an acting category. The others are Miyoshi Umeki who won Best Supporting Actress nominated for Sayonara (1957), Sessue Hayakawa nominated for The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Ben Kingsley who won Best Actor for Gandhi (1982), Haing S. Ngor who won Best Supporting Actor for The Killing Fields (1984), Pat Morita nominated for The Karate Kid (1984), Ken Watanabe nominated for The Last Samurai (2003) and Rinko Kikuchi nominated for Babel (2006).

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Charlton Heston, Geraldine Chaplin, Tina Chen, and Mako in Herrscher der Insel (1970)

His father Atsushi Iwamatsu, who went by the pen name Taro Yashima, wrote the famous children's books "Crow Boy" and "Umbrella".

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Tina Chen and Mako in Herrscher der Insel (1970)

His final role was as the voice of Master Splinter in the animated movie TMNT (2007). The film is dedicated to his memory.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Grace Jones, Mako, etc.

Was considered for the role of Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid (1984), but had to back out because of his casting in Conan the Destroyer (1984). The role eventually went to Pat Morita.

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Mako and Nobu McCarthy in The Wash (1988)

Was one of original seven founding members of East West Players theatre company, along with James Hong, June Kyoto Lu (as June Kim), Guy Lee, Pat Li, Yet Lock and Beulah Quo.

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Rip Torn and Mako in RoboCop 3 (1993)

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7095 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on January 2, 1994.

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