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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 2020
Known For
Poster of Anna and the King
Series Maid in Akihabara 2020
Series Tour of Duty Unknown 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 Unknown 1985-09-18
Series Spenser: For Hire Unknown 1985-09-20
Movie Conan the Destroyer Akiro 'The Wizard' 1984-06-29
Series The A-Team Pastry Chef 1983-01-23
Movie The Nightingale Gardener / Minister 1983-05-10
Movie Testament Mike 1983-11-04
Movie The Last Ninja Aitaro Sakura 1983-07-07
Movie Girls of the White Orchid Mori 1983-11-28
Series Faerie Tale Theatre Gardener / Minister 1982-09-11
Movie Conan the Barbarian The Wizard / Narrator 1982-04-02
Series Voyagers! Unknown 1982-10-03
Movie Under the Rainbow Nakomuri 1981-07-31
Series The Greatest American Hero Unknown 1981-03-18
Movie An Eye for an Eye James Chan 1981-08-14
Movie The Bushido Blade Enjiro 1981-11-20
Series Flamingo Road Unknown 1980-05-12
Movie The Big Brawl Herbert 1980-09-10
Series Magnum, P.I. Unknown 1980-12-11
Series Supertrain Unknown 1979-02-07
Series The Facts of Life Unknown 1979-08-24
Movie When Hell Was in Session Maj. Bai 1979-10-08
Series A Man Called Sloane Tanaka 1979-09-22
Movie Columbo: Murder Under Glass Kanji Ousu 1978-01-30
Series The Incredible Hulk Unknown 1978-03-10
Movie Farewell to Manzanar Fukimoto 1976-03-11
Series Quincy, M.E. Unknown 1976-10-03
Movie Pacific Overtures Reciter / Shogun / Jonathan Goble 1976-09-06
Series Wonder Woman Unknown 1975-11-07
Movie The Killer Elite Yuen Chung 1975-12-19
Movie Judge Dee and the Monastery Murders Tao Gan 1974-12-29
Movie The Island at the Top of the World Oomiak 1974-01-01
Movie The Green Hornet Low Sing 1974-03-21
Series Anna and the King Unknown 1972-09-17
Series M*A*S*H Unknown 1972-09-17
Series Kung Fu Unknown 1972-10-14
Series Columbo Unknown 1971-09-15
Movie Silence Kichijiro (as Mako Iwamatsu) 1971-11-13
Movie The Challenge Yuro 1970-02-10
Movie Fools Psychiatrist 1970-12-23
Movie The Hawaiians Mun Ki 1970-06-17
Series Room 222 Unknown 1969-09-11
Movie The Great Bank Robbery Secret Agent Fong 1969-09-10
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 Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Series Mannix Unknown 1967-09-16
Movie The Ugly Dachshund Kenji 1966-02-16
Movie The Sand Pebbles Po-han 1966-12-20
Series The Time Tunnel Unknown 1966-09-09
Series The Green Hornet Unknown 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 F.B.I. Unknown 1965-09-19
Series I Dream of Jeannie Unknown 1965-09-18
Series The Big Valley Unknown 1965-09-15
Series Burke's Law Unknown 1963-09-20
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