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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 Black Sash 2016
Known For
Poster of Cruel Game
Poster of Testamento final
Poster of McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force
Poster of Cuando hierve la sangre
Series Black Sash Unknown 2016
Series Maid in Akihabara 2016
Series Koe de Oshigoto! 2010-11-17
Movie Tortugas Ninja jóvenes mutantes Splinter (voice) 2007-03-22
Movie Rise: Cazadora de sangre Poe 2007-04-28
Movie The Slanted Screen Himself 2006-01-03
Series Avatar: La leyenda de Aang Uncle Iroh 2005-02-21
Series Dragon Zakura 2005-07-08
Series Duck Dodgers Unknown 2003-08-23
Movie El Monje Mr. Kojima 2003-03-28
Series Monk Unknown 2002-07-12
Movie Cruel Game Straw Hat 2002-11-27
Series What's New, Scooby-Doo? Unknown 2002-09-14
Movie Pearl Harbor Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto 2001-05-21
Series Samurai Jack Aku 2001-08-10
Movie Conan Unchained: The Making of 'Conan' The Wizard (archive footage) 2000-01-01
Series The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne Unknown 2000-06-18
Movie Rugrats en París: la película Mr. Yamaguchi 2000-09-14
Series El ala oeste de la Casa Blanca Unknown 1999-09-22
Movie 中国の鳥人 Shen 1998-06-10
Series Martial Law Unknown 1998-09-26
Movie Siete años en el Tíbet Kungo Tsarong 1997-09-12
Movie Balance of Power Todo Matsumoto 1996-06-25
Series 7 en el paraiso Unknown 1996-08-26
Movie Sworn to Justice Mr. Young 1996-10-01
Movie Blood for Blood Buun Som 1995-01-01
Series El laboratorio de Dexter 1995-02-23
Series J.A.G.: Alerta roja Unknown 1995-09-23
Movie A Dangerous Place Sensei 1995-04-25
Movie Red Sun Rising Buntoro Iga 1994-09-01
Movie Los inmortales III: El hechicero Nakano 1994-11-29
Series Walker, Ranger de Texas Unknown 1993-04-21
Series Kung Fu: la leyenda continua Unknown 1993-01-27
Movie Sol naciente Yoshida-san 1993-07-30
Series Frasier Unknown 1993-09-16
Series Diagnosis: Murder Unknown 1993-10-29
Movie RoboCop 3 Kanemitsu 1993-11-05
Movie Juntos para vencer Mr. Lee 1992-12-17
Movie Fatal Mission Trang 1990-07-25
Movie Millonario al instante Mr. Sakamoto 1990-08-16
Movie De repente, un extraño Toshio Watanabe 1990-09-28
Movie An Unremarkable Life Max Chin 1989-10-12
Series Los Simpson Unknown 1989-12-17
Movie Tucker, un hombre y su sueño Jimmy 1988-08-12
Movie Silent Assassins Oyama 1988-01-01
Movie The Wash Nobu Matsumoto 1988-08-17
Series Tour of Duty Unknown 1987-09-24
Movie Kung Fu: la película (TV) The Manchu 1986-02-01
Series Lovejoy Unknown 1986-01-10
Movie P.O.W. The Escape Capt. Vinh 1986-04-01
Movie El poder de las armas Akira Tanaka 1986-10-01
Series The Equalizer Unknown 1985-09-18
Series Spenser: For Hire Unknown 1985-09-20
Movie Conan, el destructor Akiro 'The Wizard' 1984-06-29
Series El equipo A Pastry Chef 1983-01-23
Movie The Last Ninja Aitaro Sakura 1983-07-07
Movie Testamento final 1983-11-04
Movie Girls Of The White Orchid Mori 1983-11-28
Movie Conan, el bárbaro The Wizard / Narrator 1982-04-02
Series Voyagers! Unknown 1982-10-03
Series El gran héroe americano Unknown 1981-03-18
Movie La espada del samurái Enjiro 1981-11-20
Movie Under the Rainbow Nakomuri 1981-07-31
Movie Golpe por golpe James Chan 1981-08-14
Series Flamingo Road Unknown 1980-05-12
Movie La furia de Chicago Herbert 1980-09-10
Series Magnum Unknown 1980-12-11
Series The Facts of Life Unknown 1979-08-24
Series A Man Called Sloane Unknown 1979-09-22
Series The Incredible Hulk Unknown 1977-11-04
Movie Farewell to Manzanar Fukimoto 1976-03-11
Series Quincy, M.E. Unknown 1976-10-03
Series Wonder Woman Unknown 1975-11-07
Movie Los aristócratas del crimen Yuen Chung 1975-12-17
Movie La isla del fin del mundo Oomiak 1974-01-01
Movie Judge Dee and the Monastery Murders Tao Gan 1974-12-29
Movie El avispón verde Low Sing 1974-03-21
Series Anna and the King Unknown 1972-09-17
Series Kung Fu Unknown 1972-10-14
Series M*A*S*H Unknown 1972-09-17
Movie Chinmoku Kichijiro (as Mako Iwamatsu) 1971-11-13
Movie The Challenge Yuro 1970-02-10
Movie Los indomables Mun Ki 1970-06-17
Movie Ojos verdes, rubia y peligrosa Secret Agent Fong 1969-09-10
Series Love, American Style Unknown 1969-09-29
Series Room 222 Unknown 1969-09-11
Series Columbo Unknown 1968-02-20
Series Hawaii Five-O Unknown 1968-09-20
Movie The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell Calvin Coolidge Ishimura 1968-05-08
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-09-14
Series Mannix Unknown 1967-09-16
Series The Green Hornet Unknown 1966-09-09
Series The Time Tunnel Unknown 1966-09-09
Movie El Yangtsé en llamas Po-han 1966-12-20
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 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
Movie Cuando hierve la sangre Soldier in Hospital (uncredited) 1959-12-07
Series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10