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Mako

[ Mako ]
Profile and general info
Name in native language: マコ 岩松 (マコ いわまつ)
Also known as: 岩松 信, Iwamatsu Makoto
Country: Japan
Birth date: Sunday, December 10,
Birth place: Kobe, Japan
Death date: Friday, July 21, [10 years ago at the age of 72]
Bio
Mako is one of the very few Japanese actors who have been nominated for an Oscar. Born as Makoto Iwamatsu in Kobe, Japan, in 1933, he moved to the United States to join his parents, who had emigrated there earlier, when he was 15. After his service in the U.S. military, he embarked upon a career in film and theater. He co-founded the first Asian-American theater company, East West Players.
Trivia
  • Became a naturalized citizen in 1956.
  • Frequently cast by Chuck Norris.
  • Children: daughters Sala and Mimosa.
  • Was nominated for Broadway's 1976 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for "Pacific Overtures."
  • 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.
  • Passed away one day after being officially announced as the voice of "Master Splinter" in TMNT (2007).
  • 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 part, the company, out of respect, canceled the production.
  • Pioneer of Asian American theater in Los Angeles.
  • Wife Shizuko Hoshi is a dancer, choreographer and actress.
  • 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. Later, it 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.
  • Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Actors Branch).
  • Received a special tribute as part of the Annual Memorial tribute at The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) (TV).
  • One of six Asian actors nominated for an Academy Award in an acting category. The others are Haing S. Ngor who won Best Actor in a Supporting Role for The Killing Fields (1984), Miyoshi Umeki who won for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Sayonara (1957), Sessue Hayakawa nominated for The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Ken Watanabe nominated for The Last Samurai (2003), and Rinko Kikuchi nominated for Babel (2006).
  • 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).
  • His father Atsushi Iwamatsu who went by the pen name Taro Yashima, wrote the famous children's books Crow Boy and Umbrella.
Filmography
As an actor:
  • 2007 Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Burning Earth as Uncle Iroh
  • 2007 Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • 2007 Rise
  • 2007 TMNT as Splinter
  • 2005 Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!
  • 2005 Memoirs of a Geisha
  • 2005 Duck Dodgers
  • 2005 Cages
  • 2005 Sokoku
  • 2005 Genndy's Scrapbook
  • 2005 The West Wing
  • 2005 Monk
  • 2004 Grim & Evil
  • 2004 Samurai Jack
  • 2004 Samurai Jack: The Shadow of Aku as Aku
  • 2003 Secret Weapons Over Normandy
  • 2003 Medal of Honor: Rising Sun
  • 2003 True Crime: Streets of LA
  • 2003 Bus Story as Father Christmas
  • 2003 Charmed
  • 2003 What's New, Scooby-Doo?
  • 2003 Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader
  • 2003 Lionheart
  • 2003 Black Sash
  • 2003 Bulletproof Monk as Mr. Kojima
  • 2003 Lost at Home
  • 2002 Cruel Game
  • 2001 Pearl Harbor as Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto
  • 2001 Diagnosis Murder
  • 2000 The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne
  • 2000 Rugrats in Paris: The Movie - Rugrats II as Mr. Yamaguchi
  • 2000 Talk to Taka
  • 2000 Walker, Texas Ranger
  • 1999 7th Heaven
  • 1999 Fukuro no shiro as Toyotomi Hideyoshi
  • 1999 Martial Law
  • 1999 Kyohansha
  • 1999 Alegría
  • 1998 JAG
  • 1998 Chûgoku no chôjin
  • 1997 Seven Years in Tibet
  • 1997 Riot
  • 1996 Sworn to Justice
  • 1996 Balance of Power
  • 1996 Dexter's Laboratory
  • 1996 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues
  • 1995 Crying Freeman as Shido Shimazaki
  • 1995 Platypus Man
  • 1995 Midnight Man
  • 1995 A Dangerous Place
  • 1994 Highlander III: The Sorcerer
  • 1994 Red Sun Rising
  • 1994 Frasier
  • 1994 Cultivating Charlie
  • 1993 Rising Sun
  • 1993 Shaky Ground
  • 1993 RoboCop 3
  • 1992 Sidekicks
  • 1992 Nightingale
  • 1992 My Samurai
  • 1991 Lovejoy
  • 1991 Sutoroberi rodo
  • 1991 The Perfect Weapon
  • 1990 Pacific Heights
  • 1990 Taking Care of Business
  • 1990 Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes
  • 1990 Fatal Mission
  • 1990 Paradise
  • 1990 Murder in Paradise
  • 1989 An Unremarkable Life
  • 1988 The Equalizer
  • 1988 The Wash
  • 1988 Tucker: The Man and His Dream
  • 1988 Silent Assassins
  • 1987 Tour of Duty
  • 1987 Spenser: For Hire
  • 1986 Armed Response as Akira Tanaka
  • 1986 Behind Enemy Lines
  • 1986 Kung Fu: The Movie
  • 1984 Hawaiian Heat
  • 1984 Hawaiian Heat as Major Oshira
  • 1984 Conan the Destroyer as Akiro 'The Wizard'
  • 1983 Girls of the White Orchid
  • 1983 Testament
  • 1983 The A-Team
  • 1983 The Last Ninja
  • 1983 Faerie Tale Theatre
  • 1983 The Greatest American Hero
  • 1983 Magnum, P.I.
  • 1983 Quincy M.E.
  • 1982 Voyagers!
  • 1982 Bring 'Em Back Alive
  • 1982 Conan the Barbarian as The Wizard
  • 1982 Flamingo Road
  • 1982 The Facts of Life
  • 1981 The Bushido Blade
  • 1981 An Eye for an Eye
  • 1981 Under the Rainbow
  • 1981 Fantasy Island
  • 1981 M*A*S*H
  • 1980 The Big Brawl
  • 1980 Hito Hata: Raise the Banner
  • 1979 A Man Called Sloane
  • 1979 When Hell Was in Session
  • 1979 The Incredible Hulk
  • 1979 Supertrain
  • 1979 Salvage 1
  • 1979 Wonder Woman
  • 1978 Columbo
  • 1976 Visions
  • 1976 Mr. T and Tina
  • 1976 Farewell to Manzanar
  • 1976 Hawaii Five-O
  • 1976 Pacific Overtures
  • 1975 The Killer Elite
  • 1975 Prisoners
  • 1974 Judge Dee and the Monastery Murders
  • 1974 The Island at the Top of the World as Oomiak
  • 1974 Mannix
  • 1974 Ironside
  • 1973 Love, American Style
  • 1973 Kung Fu
  • 1972 Yokahama Mama
  • 1972 Anna and the King
  • 1972 The Streets of San Francisco
  • 1971 If Tomorrow Comes
  • 1971 Chinmoku
  • 1970 Fools
  • 1970 The Hawaiians
  • 1970 The Challenge
  • 1969 The Great Bank Robbery
  • 1968 The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell
  • 1968 The F.B.I.
  • 1968 The Big Valley
  • 1967 Vacation Playhouse
  • 1967 The Time Tunnel
  • 1967 F Troop
  • 1966 The Sand Pebbles as Po-han
  • 1966 The Green Hornet
  • 1966 The Ugly Dachshund
  • 1966 I Spy
  • 1965 Gidget
  • 1965 Burke's Law
  • 1965 I Dream of Jeannie
  • 1965 McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force
  • 1965 Broadside
  • 1965 McHale's Navy
  • 1965 Ensign O'Toole
  • 1963 77 Sunset Strip
  • 1963 The Gallant Men
  • 1962 The Lloyd Bridges Show
  • 1959 Never So Few
  • 1976 The 30th Annual Tony Awards
  • 1976 Anatomy of a Song
  • 2007 TMNT
  • 2006 Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • 2006 The Slanted Screen
  • 2003 From Grasshopper to Caine: The Making of 'Kung Fu'
  • 2003 The Tao of Caine: Production and Beyond
  • 2001 Conscience and the Constitution
  • 1976 The 30th Annual Tony Awards
  • 1976 Anatomy of a Song
  • 2007 TMNT: Voice Talent First Look
  • 2007 The 79th Annual Academy Awards
  • 2004 The Faces of Mako
  • 2000 Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey
  • 2000 Conan Unchained: The Making of 'Conan'
  • 1979 The Incredible Hulk
  • 1974 The Green Hornet
  • 1968 Disneyland
As a composer:
  • 1976 The 30th Annual Tony Awards
  • 1976 Anatomy of a Song
  • 2007 TMNT
  • 2006 Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • 2006 The Slanted Screen
  • 2003 From Grasshopper to Caine: The Making of 'Kung Fu'
  • 2003 The Tao of Caine: Production and Beyond
  • 2001 Conscience and the Constitution
  • 1976 The 30th Annual Tony Awards
  • 1976 Anatomy of a Song
  • 2007 TMNT: Voice Talent First Look
  • 2007 The 79th Annual Academy Awards
  • 2004 The Faces of Mako
  • 2000 Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey
  • 2000 Conan Unchained: The Making of 'Conan'
  • 1979 The Incredible Hulk
  • 1974 The Green Hornet
  • 1968 Disneyland
Self:
  • 2006 The Slanted Screen
  • 2003 From Grasshopper to Caine: The Making of 'Kung Fu'
  • 2003 The Tao of Caine: Production and Beyond
  • 2001 Conscience and the Constitution
  • 1976 The 30th Annual Tony Awards
  • 1976 Anatomy of a Song
  • 2007 TMNT: Voice Talent First Look
  • 2007 The 79th Annual Academy Awards
  • 2004 The Faces of Mako
  • 2000 Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey
  • 2000 Conan Unchained: The Making of 'Conan'
  • 1979 The Incredible Hulk
  • 1974 The Green Hornet
  • 1968 Disneyland

Videos

External links

A 1998 interview about Pacific Overtures
link to: http://www.sondheimreview.com/v4n4.htm#article

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Movies

Filmography

(partial)
Owls' CastleOwls' Castle

Fukuro No Shiro

as Toyotomi Hideyoshi (as Mako Iwamatsu)

Year: 1999

Bird People in China, TheBird People in China, The

Chugoku No Chojin

as Shen

Year: 1998

Big Creek Brawl, TheBig Creek Brawl, The

Big Brawl, The

as Herbert

Year: 1980

 




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