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Pat Morita
Original name: Noriyuki Morita
Birth: Jun. 28, 1932
Isleton
Sacramento County
California, USA
Death: Nov. 24, 2005
Las Vegas
Clark County
Nevada, USA

Actor. Born in northern California to migrant fruit pickers, he 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. For years, he 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." 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' in "The Karate Kid", 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. For this role, he was nominated for an Acadamy Award. 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." 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. (bio by: Garak) 

Cause of death: Kidney failure 
Note: He is not at any Palm Cemetery and they said he was cremated.
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Specifically: His body was cremated and ashes given to the family. Most likely his wife Evelyn Lousie Guerrerro Morita
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Garak
Record added: Nov 25, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 12496745
Pat Morita
Added by: Garak
 
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- Matthew Jenkins
 Added: Sep. 29, 2014

- Martin W
 Added: Sep. 11, 2014
To me it does not matter were rest, Just the memories you had left. R.I.P Pat! I have many fond memory's of you.
- David
 Added: Sep. 7, 2014
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