Actor Pat Morita Dies at 73 (Mr. Miyagi from Karate Kid)

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  1. PrayersForMaura

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    Actor Pat Morita Dies at 73 whose portrayal of the wise and dry-witted Mr. Miyagi in "The Karate Kid" earned him an Oscar nomination.
    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."

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    Just heard this a few minutes ago and unvoluntarily went, "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!"
    I loved him!! :*(
     
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    these days, 73 seems to young to die!!
    He was so cute!

    Wax on, wax off. :)

    Rest in peace :blowkiss:
     
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    My young son LOVES that Karate Kid movies. As result, I know the first one word for word.

    Poor guy...it does sound young for these days:(
     
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    RIP Grashopper. :blowkiss:

    I still love doing his laugh from Happy Days...BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
     
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    Man who catch fly with chopstick can accomplish anything.
     
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    I'm sorry to hear of his passing. I really liked him. :(
     
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    My mom knew him. She is also 73. She went to high school with him. She told me a long time ago that when Pearl Harbor got bombed, (was it Pearl Harbor, I might be wrong) that all the Japanese people were rounded up and put into camps. He wrote to her from that camp and she wrote back. Of course over the years they lost touch, but at one time during their lives they were really good friends. How sad. I think I'll go call my mom now. She's been thinking about her own mortality lately and hopefully this won't further depress her.
     
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    He seemed like such a pleasant person.

    I really enjoyed him in "Happy Days".
     

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