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Original name: Makoto Iwamatsu
Birth: Dec. 10, 1933
Hyogo, Japan
Death: Jul. 21, 2006
Ventura County
California, USA

Actor. Born Makoto Iwamatsu in Kobe, Japan, he came to the United States after World War II and studied theater at the Pasadena Playhouse. He had been working primarily in television and on stage when he was cast as Po-Han in the film "The Sand Pebbles" (1966), which earned him an Oscar nomination. In 1976 Mako appeared in the Stephen Sondheim musical "Pacific Overtures," playing multiple roles as reciter, shogun, emperor and an American businessman. This performance won him a Tony Award nomination for best actor in a musical. He was the founder of East West Players, where he trained generations of actors and playwrights and opened the door for many Asian American actors. The East West Players have been honored with the Margaret Harford Award, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle's most prestigious prize. Mako staged classics such as Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," Chekhov's "Three Sisters," and lesser-known contemporary works. He devoted his company's entire 1981 season to works pertaining to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. His TV roles included appearances on "McHale's Navy," "I Spy," "MASH," "Quincy," and "Walker, Texas Ranger", and in films he played Akiro the Wizard in "Conan the Barbarian" (1982) and "Conan the Destroyer" (1984), a Singaporean in "Seven Years in Tibet" (1997), and Japanese Admiral Yamamoto in "Pearl Harbor" (2001). He died in Somis, California. 
Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park
Westlake Village
Los Angeles County
California, USA
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Record added: Jul 23, 2006
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- JenX
 Added: Apr. 10, 2016
your role as pohan was superb in the sand in peace,
- steven norton
 Added: Mar. 12, 2016
Thank you for helping make Disney movie magic! Happy 50th Anniversary to The Ugly Dachshund
- Kaleigh Jones-Clark
 Added: Feb. 16, 2016
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