Pat Morita is an American actor.


Born Noriyuki Morita in Isleton, California, he was initially a stand-up comedian and member of an improvisational troupe before making his screen debut in the television series Johnny Midnight and a notable early role as a henchman in Thoroughly Modern Millie. He went on to appear on series such as Happy Days and Mr. T and Tina before becoming a household name for his role as Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid and its sequels, which earned him an Academy Award nomination.

Morita also received an Emmy nomination for his role in the television film Amos, made guest appearances in Married...With Children and Spongebob Squarepants and played the Emperor of China in Disney's Mulan.

He passed away in 2005.


Morita first sang one of his earliest films, Thoroughly Modern Millie, where he sang "The Japanese Sandman." He also sang the solo "Eyes of a Child" in Babes in Toyland and duetted on "Something Stupid" in the short film Talk to Taka.

As well as his film appearances, Morita also sang "Fugue for Tinhorns" from Guys and Dolls with Telly Savalas and Dom DeLuise at fhe 1987 Academy Awards.


Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)

  • The Japanese Sandman (duet)

The Karate Kid (1984)

  • Happy Birthday (solo)

Babes in Toyland (1986)

  • Eyes of a Child (solo)

Talk to Taka (2000)

  • Something Stupid (duet)


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