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Mako (I) (1933–2006)


Born in Japan, Mako was living there with his grandparents while his parents studied art in the United States, when Japan and the U.S. went to war in 1941. His parents remained in the U.S., working for the Office of War Information, and, at the cessation of the conflict, were granted U.S. residency by Congress. Mako joined his parents in New York ... See full bio »

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(age 72) in Somis, California, USA

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Known For

Conan le barbare
Conan le barbare The Wizard / Narrator
(1982)
Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto
(2001)
Conan le destructeur
Conan le destructeur Akiro 'The Wizard'
(1984)

Filmography

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 2007 Rise
Poe
 2007 TMNT- les tortues ninja
Splinter (voice)
 2005-2006 Avatar, le dernier maître de l'air (TV Series)
Uncle / Additional Voices / Red Dragon
- The Guru (2006) ... Uncle (voice)
- The Crossroads of Destiny (2006) ... Uncle (voice)
- The Earth King (2006) ... Uncle / Red Dragon (voice)
- Lake Laogai (2006) ... Uncle (voice)
- Appa's Lost Days (2006) ... Uncle (voice)
 2005 Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! (TV Series)
Master Offay
- Monster Battle Club Now! (2005) ... Master Offay (voice)
 2005 Mémoires d'une geisha
Sakamoto
 2005 Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Legend So Far (TV Movie)
Uncle Iroh (voice)
 2003-2005 Duck Dodgers (TV Series)
Happy Cat / Ah-Choo
- Bonafide Heroes (2005) ... Happy Cat (voice)
- Surf the Stars/Samurai Quack (2004) ... Ah-Choo / Happy Cat (voice)
- The Queen Is Wild/Back to the Academy (2003) ... Happy Cat (voice, uncredited)
- Hooray for Hollywood Planet (2003) ... Happy Cat (voice)
 2005 Cages
Tan
 2005 Sokoku (TV Movie)
Leo (as Mako Wakamatsu)
 2005 Genndy's Scrapbook (Video short)
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 2005 À la maison blanche (TV Series)
Dr. Yosh Takahashi
- A Good Day (2005) ... Dr. Yosh Takahashi
 2005 Monk (TV Series)
Master Zi
- Mr. Monk vs. the Cobra (2005) ... Master Zi
 2004 Billy et Mandy, aventuriers de l'au-delà (TV Series)
Narrator
- Test of Time/A Kick in the Asgard (2004) ... Narrator (voice)
 2004 Samurai Jack: The Shadow of Aku (Video Game)
Aku (voice)
 2001-2004 Samurai Jack (TV Series)
Aku / Hermit
- Episode XLIX (2004) ... Aku (voice)
- Episode XLVIII (2003) ... Aku (voice)
- Episode XLVII (2003) ... Aku (voice)
- Episode XLIII (2003) ... Aku (voice)
- Episode XXXVIII (2003) ... Aku (voice)
 2004 Wrath Unleashed (Video Game)
Narrator (voice)
 2003 Secret Weapons Over Normandy (Video Game)
Imperial Japanese Voices #1 (voice)
 2003 Medal of Honor: Rising Sun (Video Game)
Masataka Shima (voice)
 2003 True Crime: Streets of LA (Video Game)
General Han Yu Kim (voice)
 2003 Bus Story (Short)
Father Christmas
 2003 Charmed (TV Series)
Sorcerer
- Love's a Witch (2003) ... Sorcerer
 2003 Quoi d'neuf Scooby-Doo? (TV Series)
The Ancient One
- Big Appetite in Little Tokyo (2003) ... The Ancient One (voice)
 2003 Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader (Video Game) (voice)
 2003 Lionheart (Video Game)
Grumdjum (voice)
 2003 Black Sash (TV Series)
Master Li
- Snap Shots (2003) ... Master Li
- Prime Suspect (2003) ... Master Li
- The Prodigal Son (2003) ... Master Li
- Date Night (2003) ... Master Li
- Jump Start (2003) ... Master Li
 1996-2003 Le laboratoire de Dexter (TV Series)
Main Title Narrator / Narrator
- The Scrying Game/Monstrosi-Dee Dee/Dad Man Walking (2003) ... Main Title Narrator (voice)
- Streaky Clean/A Dad Cartoon/Sole Brother (2001) ... Main Title Narrator (voice)
- Topped Off/Dee Dee's Tail/No Power Trip (1998) ... Main Title Narrator (voice)
- Sports-a-Poppin'/Koos a la Goop a Goop/Project Dee Dee (1997) ... Main Title Narrator (voice)
- Unfortunate Cookie/The Muffin King (1997) ... Narrator (voice)
 2003 Le gardien du manuscrit sacré
Mr. Kojima
 2003 Lost at Home (TV Series)
Mr. Li
- Good Will Hunting (2003) ... Mr. Li
 2002 Cruel Game
Straw Hat
 2001 Pearl Harbor
Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto
 2001 Diagnostic: meurtre (TV Series)
Lee Moy
- The Red's Shoes (2001) ... Lee Moy
 2000 The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne (TV Series)
Kajimori
- The Inquisitor (2000) ... Kajimori
 2000 Les Razmoket à Paris, le film
Mr. Yamaguchi (voice)
 2000 Talk to Taka (Short)
Mr. Hiro
 1997-2000 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
Edward Song / Dr. Henry Lee
- Black Dragons (2000) ... Edward Song
- Heart of the Dragon (1997) ... Dr. Henry Lee
 1999 7 à la maison (TV Series)
Henry Muranaka
- Dirty Laundry (1999) ... Henry Muranaka
 1999 Fukuro no shiro
Toyotomi Hideyoshi (as Mako Iwamatsu)
 1999 Le flic de Shanghai (TV Series)
Master Reng
- Requiem (1999) ... Master Reng
- Red Storm (1999) ... Master Reng
 1999 Kyohansha
Police (as Mako Iwamatsu)
 1999 Alegría
Old Momo
 1998 JAG (TV Series)
Ichiro Higashimori
- Innocence (1998) ... Ichiro Higashimori
 1998 Bird People in China
Shen
 1997 Sept ans au Tibet
Kungo Tsarong
 1997 Riot (TV Movie)
Mr. Lee (segment "Gold Mountain")
 1996 Sworn to Justice
Mr. Young
 1996 Balance of Power
Todo Matsumoto
 1994-1996 Kung fu, la légende continue (TV Series)
Li Sung
- Veil of Tears (1996) ... Li Sung
- Tournament (1994) ... Li Sung
 1995 Crying Freeman
Shudo Shimazaki
 1995 Platypus Man (TV Series)
Mr. Loo
- Dying to Live (1995) ... Mr. Loo
 1995 Midnight Man
Buun Som
 1994 Cultivating Charlie
Katsu
 1994 Highlander III
Nakano
 1994 A Dangerous Place
Sensei
 1994 Red Sun Rising
Buntoro Iga
 1994 Frasier (TV Series)
Sam Tanaka
- Author, Author (1994) ... Sam Tanaka
 1993 Soleil levant
Yoshida-san
 1993 Shaky Ground (TV Series)
Nakamura
- Stayin' Alive (1993) ... Nakamura
 1993 RoboCop 3
Kanemitsu
 1992 My Samurai
Mr. Tszing
 1992 Sidekicks
Mr. Lee
 1992 Nightingale (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1991 Les règles de l'art (TV Series)
Toshiro Tanaka
- The Black Virgin of Vladimir (2 of 2) (1991) ... Toshiro Tanaka
- Riding in Rollers (1 of 2) (1991) ... Toshiro Tanaka
 1991 Sutoroberi rodo
Frank Machida
 1991 L'arme parfaite
Kim
 1990 The Paradise Club (TV Series)
Mr. Yamamoto
- The Rotherhithe Project (1990) ... Mr. Yamamoto
 1990 Fenêtre sur Pacifique
Toshio Watanabe
 1990 Taking Care of Business
Sakamoto
 1990 Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes (TV Movie)
Sgt. Moritaki
 1990/I Fatal Mission
Trang
 1990 Le cavalier solitaire (TV Series)
Kao
- Dangerous Cargo (1990) ... Kao
 1990 Murder in Paradise (TV Movie)
Capt. Kilalo
 1989 An Unremarkable Life
Max Chin
 1988 Equalizer (TV Series)
Jimmy Thanarat
- Riding the Elephant (1988) ... Jimmy Thanarat
 1988 The Wash
Nobu Matsumoto
 1988 Silent Assassins
Oyama
 1988 Supercarrier (TV Series)
- Exodus (1988)
 1987 Commando Viêt-nam (TV Series)
Tran
- Sitting Ducks (1987) ... Tran
 1987 Spenser (TV Series)
Tommy Nguyen
- My Brother's Keeper (1987) ... Tommy Nguyen
 1987 Ohara (TV Series)
Toshi
- Toshi (1987) ... Toshi
 1986 Armés pour répondre
Akira Tanaka
 1986 Dans les bras de l'enfer
Capt. Vinh
 1986 Kung Fu: The Movie (TV Movie)
The Manchu
 1984 Hawaiian Heat (TV Series)
Maj. Taro Oshira
- Picture Imperfect (1984) ... Maj. Taro Oshira
- Andy's Mom (1984) ... Maj. Taro Oshira
- Old Dues (1984) ... Maj. Taro Oshira
- Ancient Fires (1984) ... Maj. Taro Oshira
- Yankees vs. the Cubs (1984) ... Maj. Taro Oshira
 1984 La fièvre d'Hawaï (TV Movie)
Major Oshira
 1984 Conan le destructeur
Akiro 'The Wizard'
 1983 Illusions perdues (TV Movie)
Mori
 1983 Le dernier testament
Mike
 1983 L'agence tous risques (TV Series)
Lin Duk Coo
- Recipe for Heavy Bread (1983) ... Lin Duk Coo
 1983 The Last Ninja (TV Movie)
Aitaro Sakura
 1983 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
Gardener / Minister
- The Nightingale (1983) ... Gardener / Minister
 1983 Ralph Super-héros (TV Series)
Master of Flowers
- Thirty Seconds Over Little Tokyo (1983) ... Master of Flowers
 1983 Magnum (TV Series)
Tozan
- The Arrow That Is Not Aimed (1983) ... Tozan
 1982 Romance Theatre (TV Series)
Shibata
- A Fragile Affair: Part 5 (1982) ... Shibata
- A Fragile Affair: Part 4 (1982) ... Shibata
- A Fragile Affair: Part 3 (1982) ... Shibata
- A Fragile Affair: Part 2 (1982) ... Shibata
- A Fragile Affair: Part 1 (1982) ... Shibata
 1977-1982 Quincy (TV Series)
John Moroshima / Mr. Yamaguchi
- Sword of Honor, Blade of Death (1982) ... John Moroshima
- Touch of Death (1977) ... Mr. Yamaguchi
 1982 Voyagers! (TV Series)
Karauna Chief
- The Travels of Marco... and Friends (1982) ... Karauna Chief
 1982 Frank, chasseur de fauves (TV Series)
Tanako
- The Pied Piper (1982) ... Tanako
 1982 Conan le barbare
The Wizard / Narrator
 1982 Flamingo Road (TV Series)
- Double Exposure (1982)
 1982 Drôle de vie (TV Series)
Mr. Wakamatsu
- The Americanization of Miko (1982) ... Mr. Wakamatsu
 1981 The Bushido Blade
Enjiro
 1981 Dent pour dent
James Chan
 1981 Under the Rainbow
Nakomuri
 1981 L'île fantastique (TV Series)
Kwong Soo Luke
- The Heroine/The Warrior (1981) ... Kwong Soo Luke
 1974-1980 M.A.S.H. (TV Series)
Li Han / Lt. Hung Lee Park / Major Choi / ...
- The Best of Enemies (1980) ... Li Han
- Guerilla My Dreams (1979) ... Lt. Hung Lee Park
- Hawkeye Get Your Gun (1976) ... Major Choi
- Rainbow Bridge (1974) ... Dr. Lin Tam
 1980 Le Chinois
Herbert
 1979 Sloane, agent spécial (TV Series)
Tanaka
- Samurai (1979) ... Tanaka
 1979 When Hell Was in Session (TV Movie)
Maj. Bai
 1978-1979 L'incroyable Hulk (TV Series)
Li Sung
- The Disciple (1979) ... Li Sung
- Another Path (1978) ... Li Sung
 1979 Supertrain (TV Series)
Kirby
- Pirouette (1979) ... Kirby
 1979 Salvage 1 (TV Series)
Toshiro
- Shangri-la Lil (1979) ... Toshiro
 1979 Wonder Woman (TV Series)
Mr. Brown
- Going, Going, Gone (1979) ... Mr. Brown
 1978 Columbo (TV Series)
Kanji Ousu
- "Columbo - Meurtre à la carte" (1978) (1978) ... Kanji Ousu
 1976 Visions (TV Series)
Masu Murakami
- Gold Watch (1976) ... Masu Murakami
 1976 Mr. T and Tina (TV Series)
 1976 Farewell to Manzanar (TV Movie)
Fukimoto
 1976 Hawaï, police d'état (TV Series)
Kazuo Tahashi
- Legacy of Terror (1976) ... Kazuo Tahashi
 1976 Pacific Overtures (TV Movie)
Reciter / Shogun / Jonathan Goble
 1975 Tueur d'élite
Yuen Chung
 1975 Prisoners
Sgt. Nguyen
 1974 Judge Dee and the Monastery Murders (TV Movie)
Tao Gan
 1974 Mannix (TV Series)
Tami Okada
- Enter Tami Okada (1974) ... Tami Okada
 1974 L'homme de fer (TV Series)
Phil Tsang
- Terror on Grant Avenue (1974) ... Phil Tsang
 1973 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Jack (segment "Love and the Fortunate Cookie")
 1973 Kung Fu (TV Series)
Wong Ti Lu
- The Tide (1973) ... Wong Ti Lu
 1972 Yokahama Mama (Short)
Rooster (voice)
 1972 Anna et le roi (TV Series)
Sanum
- The King and the Egg (1972) ... Sanum
 1972 Room 222 (TV Series)
Mr. Shigematsu
- Just Call Me Mr. Shigematsu (1972) ... Mr. Shigematsu
 1972 Les rues de San Francisco (TV Series)
Kenji
- Pilot (1972) ... Kenji
 1971 If Tomorrow Comes (TV Movie)
Tadashi
 1971 Chinmoku
Kichijiro (as Mako Iwamatsu)
 1970 Fools
Psychiatrist
 1970 Le maître des îles
Mun Ki
 1970 The Challenge (TV Movie)
Yuro
 1969 Le plus grand des hold-up
Secret Agent Fong
 1968 La marine en folie
Calvin Coolidge Ishimura
 1966-1968 Sur la piste du crime (TV Series)
Yoshimura / Angry Youth
- Southwind (1968) ... Yoshimura
- The Hiding Place (1966) ... Angry Youth (uncredited)
 1968 La grande vallée (TV Series)
Wong Lo
- Rimfire (1968) ... Wong Lo
 1967 Vacation Playhouse (TV Series)
Simba
- Alfred of the Amazon (1967) ... Simba
 1967 Au coeur du temps (TV Series)
Lt. Nakamura
- Kill Two by Two (1967) ... Lt. Nakamura
 1967 F Troop (TV Series)
Samurai Warrior
- From Karate with Love (1967) ... Samurai Warrior
 1966 Le Frelon vert (TV Series)
Low Sing
- The Preying Mantis (1966) ... Low Sing
 1965-1966 Les espions (TV Series)
Jimmy / Baby Face
- Court of the Lion (1966) ... Baby Face
- The Loser (1965) ... Jimmy
 1965 The Wackiest Ship in the Army (TV Series)
Capt. Kulijame / T. Vushikori
- Last Path to Garcia (1965) ... Capt. Kulijame
- The Stowaway (1965) ... T. Vushikori
 1965 Gidget (TV Series)
Casey
 1964-1965 L'homme à la Rolls (TV Series)
Happy Tuava / Pete
- The Prisoners of Mr. Sin (1965) ... Happy Tuava
- Who Killed April? (1964) ... Pete
 1965 Jeannie de mes rêves (TV Series)
Kato
- Jeannie and the Marriage Caper (1965) ... Kato
 1965 McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force
Japanese Submarine Captain (uncredited)
 1964-1965 Broadside (TV Series)
Captain Osato / The Japanese Commander
- Once Upon an Island (1965) ... Captain Osato
- Kill 'Em with Kindness (1964) ... The Japanese Commander
 1962-1965 Sur le pont la marine (TV Series)
The Japanese Non-Com / Lt. Sakawa / Sessua / ...
- Chuckie Cottontail (1965) ... The Japanese Non-Com
- The PT 73 Follies (1965) ... Lt. Sakawa
- The Balloon Goes Up (1964) ... Sessua
- A Letter for Fuji (1963) ... The 3rd Japanese Soldier
- Have Kimono, Will Travel (1963) ... The 1st Japanese Soldier
 1964 Arrest and Trial (TV Series)
Kyoto
- Signals of an Ancient Flame (1964) ... Kyoto
 1962-1963 Ensign O'Toole (TV Series)
Yamada Jr. / Sgt. Harada / Kumagae
- Operation: Geisha (1963) ... Yamada Jr.
- Operation Holdout (1962) ... Sgt. Harada
- Operation Kowana (1962) ... Kumagae
 1963 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Ito Nakayama
- Stranger from the Sea (1963) ... Ito Nakayama
 1963 The Gallant Men (TV Series)
Frank Fakuda
- One Puka Puka (1963) ... Frank Fakuda
 1962 The Lloyd Bridges Show (TV Series)
Akai Takahashi
- Yankee Stay Here (1962) ... Akai Takahashi
 1959 La proie des vautours
Soldier in Hospital (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Mako's voice was used in the video game "Wrath Unleashed"

Publicity Listings:

2 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

Mako Iwamatsu | Mako Wakamatsu

Height:

5' 4" (1.63 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I had no idea how difficult Sondheim's music would be. All through the rehearsals, I kept flubbing. There were so many tempo changes. I could never get through the opening number without any mistakes. One day, I went up to Hal Prince and offered to leave the show. He laughed it off. He said, 'Don't be silly. That's why we have tryouts.' See more »

Trivia:

Received a special tribute as part of the Annual Memorial tribute at The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007). See more »

Trademark:

Raspy, thick-accented voice

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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