Actor Pat Morita Passed away at Age 73
November 25, 2005
Palm Green Valley
Mortuary and Cemetery
Actor, Pat Morita, 73, passed
away, Thursday, Nov 24th of natural causes at home in Las
Vegas. Well known for his Oscar-nominated role in the “The Karate
Kid”, and as the diner owner on the TV show “Happy Days”.
He was born June 28th,
1932 in Isleton, CA. His parents were traveling fruit pickers. As
a child he had spinal tuberculosis and was told at one point he
would never walk again. At age 11, he had an operation that fused 4
of his vertebrae and was able to walk again. Because of World War
II, and being Japanese, he and his family were kept at and
internment camp in Arizona.
He started out in showbiz as a
stand up comedian. When he graduated high school he took a detour
in show biz for a job working for an aerospace company. At this
company he was promoted overtime to be the head of the computer
operations department. He at this point decided to quit his job and
pursue his desire to perform on a full time basis.
Morita has also starred in the
following films; "Honeymoon in Vegas," "Even Cowgirls Get the
Blues," "Spy Hard," "The Center of the World" and the "Mulan".
Other TV shows he has been in; “Mr. T and Tina," "Ohara", "The Love
Boat," "The Hughleys," "Baywatch Hawaii," "The Mystery Files of
Shelby Woo," and "Robot Chicken."
His wife of 12 years, and three
daughters from his first marriage will be burying Mr. Morita at the
Palm Green Valley Mortuary and Cemetery.
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