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Pat Morita wasn't the first choice to play Mr. Miyagi, says Ralph Macchio

Pat Morita wasn't the first choice to play Mr. Miyagi, says Ralph Macchio

NEW YORK, Oct. 14 (UPI) --Ralph Macchio admits he was initially skeptical that Pat Morita would be right for the role of his character's mentor in "The Karate Kid."
Karen Butler

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Macchio has mixed feelings about new 'Kid'

Macchio has mixed feelings about new 'Kid'

LOS ANGELES, June 9 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Ralph Macchio admits he has mixed feelings about the new remake of his iconic 1984 movie "The Karate Kid."
Japanese-American vet film set for release

Japanese-American vet film set for release

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Indican Pictures has announced plans to release the film "Only the Brave" on DVD in the United States next month, in time for Veterans Day.

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Jay Leno fills in for Roger Ebert

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- The syndicated movie-review show "Ebert & Roeper" temporarily relocated to Los Angeles from Chicago so Jay Leno could be a guest critic this weekend.

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Today is Wednesday, June 28, the 179th day of 2006 with 186 to follow.
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Actor Pat Morita dead at 73

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Actor Pat Morita, best remembered for his role in "The Karate Kid" films and TVs' "Happy Days" has died in Las Vegas. He was 73.

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Today is Tuesday, June 28, the 179th day of 2005 with 186 to follow.
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Feature: 'Karate Kid' star fights bullies

LOS ANGELES, March 2 (UPI) -- Martin Kove, who played the ruthless karate instructor in "The Karate Kid," is using the DVD release of the 1984 feature to promote a campaign he is involved in
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'Happy Days' reunion show set

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- ABC will present a two-hour reunion special for the 30th anniversary of the classic TV comedy "Happy Days," Daily Variety said Thursday.

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Noriyuki "Pat" Morita (June 28, 1932 – November 24, 2005) was an American actor of Japanese descent who was well-known for playing the roles of Matsuo "Arnold" Takahashi on Happy Days and Mr. Miyagi in the The Karate Kid movie series, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1984.

Pat Morita was born in Isleton, California. He developed spinal tuberculosis at the age of two and spent the bulk of the next nine years in Northern Californian hospitals, including the Shriners Hospital in San Francisco. For long periods he was wrapped in a full-body cast and was told he would never walk.

After a surgeon fused four vertebrae in his spine, Pat finally learned to walk again at the age of 11. By then, his Japanese American family had been sent to an internment camp to be detained for the duration of World War II.

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