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Fast Facts

  • Parents were migrant fruit pickers from Japan.
  • Developed spinal tuberculosis at age 2 and spent most of the next nine years in hospitals; was reportedly told he would never walk.
  • After his release from the hospitals and in recovery from his illness, his family was sent to an internment camp in Arizona during World War II.
  • After the war, family opened a restaurant where he began doing comedy bits for patrons.
  • While performing stand-up comedy in nightclubs, was discovered by comedian Redd Foxx, which eventually led to several appearances on Sanford and Son as the character Ah Chew.
  • Feature-film debut was in Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967).
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1995.

Awards

  • 1984, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1986, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1986, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
  • 1985, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee

Relationships

  • Erin Rodda — Daughter
  • Aly Morita — Daughter
  • Kathleen Yamachi — Ex-wife
  • Yukiye Kitahara — Ex-wife
  • Tia Morita — Daughter
  • Evelyn Guerrero — Wife

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Details

  • Birth Name: Noriyuki Morita
  • Birth Place: Isleton, CA
  • Birthday: June 28, 1932, Cancer
  • Died: November 24, 2005
  • Profession: Actor, Comedian
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