Pat Morita

Celebrity

Biography

  • Birth Name: Noriyuki Morita
  • Birth Place: Isleton, CA
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 06/28/1932, Cancer
  • Date of Death: 11/24/2005
  • Profession: Actor; comedian
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Pat Morita 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.
  • Pat Morita Relationships:
  • Kathleen Yamachi - Ex-wife
  • Yukiye Kitahara - Ex-wife
  • Tia Morita - Daughter
  • Evelyn Guerrero - Wife
  • Erin Rodda - Daughter
  • Aly Morita - Daughter
  • Pat Morita Awards:
  • 1986 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Nominee
  • 1984 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • 1985 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1986 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special - Nominee

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