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Mako was born in Kobe, Japan, the son of noted children's book author and illustrator Taro Yashima. His parents moved to the United States when he was a small child. He joined them there after World War II, in 1949, joining the military in the 1950s. He became a naturalized American citizen in 1956. When Mako first joined his parents in the USA, he studied architecture. During his military service, he discovered his theatrical talent, and trained at the Pasadena Community Playhouse. Mako was married to actress Shizuko Hoshi with whom he had two daughters (both are actresses) and three grandchildren.

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Dec 10, 1933 In Kobe, Japan
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series 77 Sunset Strip 1958-10-10
Latest Project:
Series Maid in Akihabara 2022
Known For
Poster of Memoirs of a Geisha
Poster of Lost at Home
Poster of Bulletproof Monk
Poster of Pearl Harbor
Series Maid in Akihabara Unknown 2022
Movie Arpeggio of Blue Steel -Ars Nova DC- Maya 2015-01-31
Movie Senran Kagura Estival Versus: Festival Eve Full of Swimsuits Ryona 2015-04-24
Movie Arpeggio of Blue Steel -Ars Nova Cadenza- Maya 2015-10-03
Series Saki Episode of Side A Matumi Yuu (voice) 2012-04-09
Series Koe de Oshigoto Kanna Aoyagi 2010-11-17
Series The Girl Who Leapt Through Space Akiha Shishido 2009-01-05
Movie Rise: Blood Hunter Poe 2007-04-28
Movie TMNT Splinter (voice) 2007-03-23
Movie The Slanted Screen Himself 2006-01-03
Series Avatar: The Last Airbender Uncle Iroh (voice) 2005-02-21
Movie Memoirs of a Geisha Sakamoto 2005-12-06
Series Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! Unknown 2004-09-18
Series Black Sash Unknown 2003-03-30
Movie Bulletproof Monk Mr. Kojima 2003-03-28
Series Lost at Home Unknown 2003-04-01
Series Duck Dodgers Unknown 2003-08-23
Series What's New, Scooby-Doo? (voice) 2002-09-14
Series Monk Unknown 2002-07-12
Movie Cruel Game Straw Hat 2002-11-27
Movie Pearl Harbor Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto 2001-05-21
Movie Samurai Jack: The Premiere Movie Aku 2001-08-10
Series Samurai Jack Hermit (voice) 2001-08-10
Movie Conan Unchained: The Making of 'Conan' The Wizard (archive footage) 2000-01-01
Movie Rugrats in Paris: The Movie Mr. Yamaguchi (voice) 2000-09-14
Series The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne Unknown 2000-06-18
Movie The Accomplice 1999-04-10
Movie Alegría, the film Old Momo 1999-01-10
Series The West Wing Unknown 1999-09-22
Movie The Bird People in China Shen 1998-06-10
Series Martial Law Unknown 1998-09-26
Movie Seven Years in Tibet Kungo Tsarong 1997-09-12
Series Dexter's Laboratory Unknown 1996-04-28
Movie Balance of Power Todo Matsumoto 1996-06-25
Series 7th Heaven Henry Muranaka 1996-08-26
Movie Sworn to Justice Mr. Young 1996-10-01
Series Platypus Man Unknown 1995-01-23
Movie Crying Freeman Shido Shimazaki 1995-04-23
Movie Midnight Man Buun Som 1995-05-09
Movie A Dangerous Place Sensei 1995-04-25
Series JAG Ichiro Higashimori 1995-09-23
Movie Red Sun Rising Buntoro Iga 1994-09-01
Movie Highlander III: The Sorcerer Nakano 1994-11-29
Movie Kyrie Eleison Unknown 1993-03-05
Series Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Unknown 1993-01-27
Movie RoboCop 3 Kanemitsu 1993-04-17
Series Walker, Texas Ranger Unknown 1993-04-21
Series Frasier Sam Tanaka 1993-09-16
Movie Rising Sun Yoshida-san 1993-07-30
Series Diagnosis: Murder Unknown 1993-10-29
Movie My Samurai Unknown 1992-01-01
Movie Sidekicks Mr. Lee 1992-12-17
Movie The Perfect Weapon Kim 1991-03-15
Movie Strawberry Road Frank Machida 1991-04-27
Movie Murder in Paradise Capt. Kilalo 1990-01-19
Movie Fatal Mission Trang 1990-07-25
Movie Taking Care of Business Mr. Sakamoto 1990-08-16
Movie Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes Sgt. Moritaki 1990-08-06
Movie Pacific Heights Toshio Watanabe 1990-09-28
Series The Paradise Club Mr. Yamamoto 1989-09-19
Series The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
Movie An Unremarkable Life Max Chin 1989-10-12
Series Supercarrier Unknown 1988-03-06
Movie Silent Assassins Oyama 1988-01-01
Movie Tucker: The Man and His Dream Jimmy 1988-08-12
Movie The Wash Nobu Matsumoto 1988-08-17
Series Paradise Unknown 1988-10-27
Series Tour of Duty Tran 1987-09-24
Series Lovejoy Unknown 1986-01-10
Movie Kung Fu: The Movie The Manchu 1986-02-01
Movie Armed Response Akira Tanaka 1986-10-01
Movie P.O.W. The Escape Capt. Vinh 1986-04-01
Series The Equalizer Jimmy Thanarat 1985-09-18
Series Spenser: For Hire Unknown 1985-09-20
Movie Conan the Destroyer Akiro 'The Wizard' 1984-06-29
Series Hawaiian Heat Unknown 1984-09-14
Series The A-Team Pastry Chef 1983-01-23
Movie The Nightingale Gardener / Minister 1983-05-10
Movie The Last Ninja Aitaro Sakura 1983-07-07
Movie Girls of the White Orchid Mori 1983-11-28
Movie Testament Mike 1983-11-04
Movie Conan the Barbarian The Wizard / Narrator 1982-04-02
Series Faerie Tale Theatre Gardener / Minister 1982-09-11
Series Bring 'Em Back Alive Unknown 1982-09-24
Series Voyagers Unknown 1982-10-03
Series The Greatest American Hero Unknown 1981-03-18
Movie The Bushido Blade Enjiro 1981-06-19
Movie Under the Rainbow Nakomuri 1981-07-31
Movie An Eye for an Eye James Chan 1981-08-14
Series Flamingo Road Unknown 1980-05-12
Movie The Big Brawl Herbert 1980-09-10
Series Magnum, P.I. Unknown 1980-12-11
Series The Facts of Life Unknown 1979-08-24
Series Supertrain Unknown 1979-02-07
Movie When Hell Was in Session Maj. Bai 1979-10-08
Series A Man Called Sloane Tanaka 1979-09-22
Series The Incredible Hulk Unknown 1977-11-04
Movie Pacific Overtures Reciter / Shogun / Jonathan Goble 1976-09-06
Movie Farewell to Manzanar Fukimoto 1976-03-11
Series Quincy, M.E. Unknown 1976-10-03
Series Mr. T and Tina Unknown 1976-09-25
Series Visions Unknown 1976-10-21
Movie Prisoners Sgt. Nguyen 1975-07-01
Series Khan! Unknown 1975-02-07
Series Wonder Woman Unknown 1975-11-07
Movie The Killer Elite Yuen Chung 1975-12-19
Movie The Island at the Top of the World Oomiak 1974-12-16
Movie The Green Hornet Low Sing 1974-03-21
Movie Judge Dee and the Monastery Murders Tao Gan 1974-12-29
Series Anna and the King Unknown 1972-09-11
Series M*A*S*H Unknown 1972-09-17
Series Kung Fu Unknown 1972-10-14
Movie Yokahama Mama Rooster (voice) 1972-12-24
Series Columbo Kanji Ousu 1971-09-15
Movie If Tomorrow Comes Tadashi 1971-12-07
Movie Silence Kichijiro (as Mako Iwamatsu) 1971-11-13
Movie The Hawaiians Mun Ki 1970-06-17
Movie The Challenge Yuro 1970-02-10
Movie Fools Psychiatrist 1970-12-23
Movie The Great Bank Robbery Secret Agent Fong 1969-09-10
Series Room 222 Unknown 1969-09-11
Series Love, American Style Unknown 1969-09-29
Movie The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell Calvin Coolidge Ishimura 1968-05-08
Series Hawaii Five-O Unknown 1968-09-20
Series Mannix Unknown 1967-09-16
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Movie The Ugly Dachshund Kenji 1966-02-16
Series The Green Hornet Unknown 1966-09-09
Movie The Sand Pebbles Po-han 1966-12-20
Series The Time Tunnel Lt. Nakamura 1966-09-09
Series Gidget Unknown 1965-09-01
Movie McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force Japanese Submarine Captain (uncredited) 1965-07-09
Series F Troop Unknown 1965-09-14
Series The Big Valley Unknown 1965-09-15
Series I Dream of Jeannie Kato 1965-09-18
Series The F.B.I. Unknown 1965-09-19
Series Burke's Law Unknown 1963-09-20
Series The Lloyd Bridges Show Unknown 1962-09-11
Series McHale's Navy Unknown 1962-10-11
Series The Gallant Men Unknown 1962-10-05
Movie Never So Few Soldier in Hospital (uncredited) 1959-12-07
Series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10