Biography

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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 132

Birthday 1933-12-10

Day of Death 2006-07-21

Place of Birth Kobe, Japan

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Also Known As

  • 岩松 マコ
  • Mako Iwamatsu
  • Mako Wakamatsu

Acting TV ShowsMovies

Maid in Akihabara (6 episodes)
Black Sash (5 episodes)
2007 Rise: Blood Hunter as Poe
2007 TMNT as Splinter (voice)
2006 The Slanted Screen as Himself
2005 Avatar: The Last Airbender (20 episodes) as Uncle Iroh (voice)
2004 Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! (1 episode)
2003 Duck Dodgers (1 episode)
2003 Lost at Home (1 episode)
2003 Bulletproof Monk as Mr. Kojima
2002 Cruel Game as Straw Hat
2002 What's New, Scooby-Doo? (1 episode)
2002 Monk (1 episode)
2001 Samurai Jack (62 episodes) as Aku (1 episode)
2001 Samurai Jack: The Premiere Movie as Aku
2001 Pearl Harbor as Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto
2000 Rugrats in Paris: The Movie as Mr. Yamaguchi (voice)
2000 The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne (1 episode)
2000 Conan Unchained: The Making of 'Conan' as The Wizard (archive footage)
1999 The West Wing (1 episode)
1998 Martial Law (2 episodes)
1998 The Bird People in China as Shen
1997 Seven Years in Tibet as Kungo Tsarong
1996 Sworn to Justice as Mr. Young
1996 7th Heaven (1 episode)
1996 Balance of Power as Todo Matsumoto
1996 Dexter's Laboratory (75 episodes)
1995 JAG (1 episode)
1995 Midnight Man as Buun Som
1995 A Dangerous Place as Sensei
1995 Crying Freeman as Shido Shimazaki
1995 Platypus Man (1 episode)
1994 Highlander: The Final Dimension as Nakano
1994 Red Sun Rising as Buntoro Iga
1993 Diagnosis: Murder (1 episode)
1993 Frasier (1 episode) as Sam Tanaka
1993 Rising Sun as Yoshida-san
1993 Walker, Texas Ranger (2 episodes)
1993 RoboCop 3 as Kanemitsu
1993 Kirie Eleison
1993 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (2 episodes)
1992 Sidekicks as Mr. Lee
1992 My Samurai
1991 The Perfect Weapon as Kim
1990 Pacific Heights as Toshio Watanabe
1990 Taking Care of Business as Mr. Sakamoto
1990 Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes as Sgt. Moritaki
1990 Fatal Mission as Trang
1990 Murder in Paradise as Capt. Kilalo
1989 The Simpsons (1 episode)
1989 An Unremarkable Life as Max Chin
1989 The Paradise Club (1 episode) as Mr. Yamamoto
1988 Paradise (1 episode)
1988 The Wash as Nobu Matsumoto
1988 Tucker: The Man and His Dream as Jimmy
1988 Supercarrier (1 episode)
1988 Silent Assassins as Oyama
1987 Tour of Duty (1 episode)
1986 Armed Response as Akira Tanaka
1986 P.O.W. The Escape as Capt. Vinh
1986 Kung Fu: The Movie as The Manchu
1986 Lovejoy (2 episodes)
1985 Spenser: For Hire (1 episode)
1985 The Equalizer (1 episode)
1984 Hawaiian Heat (11 episodes)
1984 Conan the Destroyer as Akiro 'The Wizard'
1983 Girls Of The White Orchid as Mori
1983 Testament as Mike
1983 The Last Ninja as Aitaro Sakura
1983 The Nightingale as Gardener / Minister
1983 The A-Team (1 episode) as Pastry Chef
1982 Voyagers! (1 episode)
1982 Bring 'Em Back Alive (1 episode)
1982 Faerie Tale Theatre (1 episode) as Gardener / Minister
1982 Conan the Barbarian as The Wizard / Narrator
1981 The Bushido Blade as Enjiro
1981 An Eye for an Eye as James Chan
1981 Under the Rainbow as Nakomuri
1981 The Greatest American Hero (1 episode)
1980 Magnum, P.I. (1 episode)
1980 The Big Brawl as Herbert
1980 Flamingo Road (1 episode)
1979 When Hell Was in Session as Maj. Bai
1979 A Man Called Sloane (1 episode) as Tanaka
1979 The Facts of Life (1 episode)
1979 Supertrain (1 episode)
1978 The Incredible Hulk (2 episodes)
1978 Columbo: Murder Under Glass as Kanji Ousu
1976 Visions (1 episode)
1976 Quincy, M.E. (2 episodes)
1976 Mr. T and Tina (1 episode)
1976 Pacific Overtures as Reciter / Shogun / Jonathan Goble
1976 Farewell to Manzanar as Fukimoto
1975 The Killer Elite as Yuen Chung
1975 Wonder Woman (1 episode)
1975 Prisoners as Sgt. Nguyen
1975 Khan! (1 episode)
1974 Judge Dee and the Monastery Murders as Tao Gan
1974 The Green Hornet as Low Sing
1974 The Island at the Top of the World as Oomiak
1972 Yokahama Mama as Rooster (voice)
1972 Kung Fu (1 episode)
1972 Anna and the King (1 episode)
1972 M*A*S*H (4 episodes)
1971 Silence as Kichijiro (as Mako Iwamatsu)
1971 Columbo (1 episode) as Kanji Ousu
1970 Fools as Psychiatrist
1970 The Hawaiians as Mun Ki
1970 The Challenge as Yuro
1969 Love, American Style (1 episode)
1969 Room 222 (1 episode)
1969 The Great Bank Robbery as Secret Agent Fong
1968 Hawaii Five-O (1 episode)
1968 The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell as Calvin Coolidge Ishimura
1967 Mannix (1 episode)
1967 Ironside (1 episode)
1966 The Sand Pebbles as Po-han
1966 Time Tunnel (1 episode)
1966 The Green Hornet (1 episode)
1966 The Ugly Dachshund as Kenji
1965 The F.B.I. (1 episode)
1965 I Dream of Jeannie (1 episode)
1965 The Big Valley (1 episode)
1965 F Troop (1 episode)
1965 Gidget (1 episode)
1965 McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force as Japanese Submarine Captain (uncredited)
1963 Burke's Law (2 episodes)
1962 McHale's Navy (7 episodes)
1962 The Gallant Men (1 episode)
1962 The Lloyd Bridges Show (1 episode)
1959 Never So Few as Soldier in Hospital (uncredited)
1958 77 Sunset Strip (1 episode)

Art

1971 Silence Production Design

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