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Diagnosed with spinal tuberculosis as a child and was told that he would never walk. (imdb.com)

Was often billed as the Hip Nip for his stand-up performances. (imdb.com)

During his funeral procession, his former co-star Ralph Macchio of The Karate Kid (1984) quoted, "Forever, my Sensei" towards the mourners. (imdb.com)

Was the first American-born Asian nominated for an acting Oscar. It was for his role of Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid (1984). (imdb.com)

Buried at Palm Green Valley Memorial Park in Clark County, 6701 North Jones, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. (imdb.com)

Graduated from Armijo High School in Fairfield, California. (imdb.com)

His real accent is American, when playing "Mr. Miyagi" in the Karate Kid movies, he used a Japanese accent. (imdb.com)

Last movie ever filmed is the highly anticipated film Royal Kill (2008) (working title: Princess) also starring Eric Roberts and Lalaine. (imdb.com)

Was the subject of a popular Internet myth - "That he owned a Japanese-style restaurant called Miyagi's on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California." However, according to Morita himself in an 'about.com' interview, this was just a myth and he had nothing to do with the restaurant. (imdb.com)

Had three daughters with Yuki (imdb.com)

While performing as a stand-up comic, he was discovered by Redd Foxx. This led to several appearances as Ah Chew on "Sanford and Son" (1972). (imdb.com)

The scene that sealed his nomination for Best Supporting Actor in "The Karate Kid", in which Myagi gets drunk and weeps over the death of his wife and child in the Manzanar Internment Camp was nearly cut out of the film. The studio thought the scene was un-necessary and wanted it cut. But director John G. Avildsen argued that the scene was important to Myagi's character and finally the studio relented and allowed the scene to be kept in. Also, during the casting of the film, the studio wanted legendary Japanese actor, Toshiro Mifune to play Myagi but Avildsen and producer Jerry Weintraub thought Mifune's interpretation of the character was far too serious for what the film needed. (imdb.com)

One of eight actors of Asian descent nominated for an Academy Award in an acting category. The others are Miyoshi Umeki who won Best Supporting Actress nominated for Sayonara (1957), Sessue Hayakawa nominated for The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Mako nominated for The Sand Pebbles (1966), Ben Kingsley who won Best Actor for Gandhi (1982), Haing S. Ngor who won Best Supporting Actor for The Killing Fields (1984), Ken Watanabe nominated for The Last Samurai (2003) and Rinko Kikuchi nominated for Babel (2006). (imdb.com)

Was a fan of the Green Bay Packers football team. (imdb.com)


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