Clyde Kusatsu

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Clyde Kusatsu (born September 13, 1948) is a U.S. actor.

Kusatsu was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he attended ʻIolani School. Kusatsu began acting in Honolulu summer stock, and after studying theatre at Northwestern University, started to make his mark on the small screen in the mid-1970s. Usually mustachioed, with a dapper, professional air, he has most often played doctors, but his repertoire has included a generous sampling of teachers (usually college professors), businessmen, detectives, church ministers and other intelligent, middle-class types. With his quiet, wry line delivery, Kusatsu made a memorably clever and hilarious sparring partner for Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor) on several episodes of All in the Family as the Reverend Chong, refusing to baptize Archie's grandson without the permission of the boy's parents. During this period Kusatsu also worked with the Asian American theatre group East West Players in Los Angeles.

Kusatsu was subsequently a regular on several series, but neither the adventure Bring 'Em Back Alive (1982–83) nor the Hawaiian-set medical drama Island Son (1989–90) (in which he played one of Richard Chamberlain's colleagues) lasted very long. His many television movies have included the film adaptation of Farewell to Manzanar (1976), about Japanese American internment during World War II. Other M.O.W.s and mini-series have been "And The Sea Will Tell", and "American Tragedy" playing Judge Lance Ito. He had a memorable role in the "Baa Baa Black Sheep" episode "Prisoners of War" as a downed Japanese fighter pilot in the Pacific (1976). (Kusatsu also guest-starred on an episode of Lou Grant on Japanese internment in the U.S.); Golden Land (1988), a Hollywood-set drama based on a William Faulkner story; and the AIDS drama And the Band Played On (1993). He appeared in four MAS*H episodes and later starred in the short-lived A.B.C. series All American Girl (1994–1995), the first East Asian familiar sitcom in the U.S.

Feature roles, beginning with Midway (1976), have generally been small, but in the 1990s Kusatsu had roles in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993, as a history teacher) and In the Line of Fire (1993, as a Secret Service agent). He appeared as a high school English teacher in American Pie (1999). Other recent films have been "ShopGirl" as Mr. Agasa, and in Sydney Pollack's The Interpreter (2005) as Lee Wu, head of security for the United Nations Headquarters. He currently plays the recurring role of Dr. Dennis Okamura on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless. Kusatsu starred in Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008) as Mr. Lee.

Kusatsu is married to Gayle Kusatsu; they have two sons, Kevin and Andrew.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Clyde Kusatsu, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Clyde Kusatsu (born September 13, 1948) is a U.S. actor.

Kusatsu was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he attended ʻIolani School. Kusatsu began acting in Honolulu summer stock, and after studying theatre at Northwestern University, started to make his mark on the small screen in the mid-1970s. Usually mustachioed, with a dapper, professional air, he has most often played doctors, but his repertoire has included a generous sampling of teachers (usually college professors), businessmen, detectives, church ministers and other intelligent, middle-class types. With his quiet, wry line delivery, Kusatsu made a memorably clever and hilarious sparring partner for Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor) on several episodes of All in the Family as the Reverend Chong, refusing to baptize Archie's grandson without the permission of the boy's parents. During this period Kusatsu also worked with the Asian American theatre group East West Players in Los Angeles.

Kusatsu was subsequently a regular on several series, but neither the adventure Bring 'Em Back Alive (1982–83) nor the Hawaiian-set medical drama Island Son (1989–90) (in which he played one of Richard Chamberlain's colleagues) lasted very long. His many television movies have included the film adaptation of Farewell to Manzanar (1976), about Japanese American internment during World War II. Other M.O.W.s and mini-series have been "And The Sea Will Tell", and "American Tragedy" playing Judge Lance Ito. He had a memorable role in the "Baa Baa Black Sheep" episode "Prisoners of War" as a downed Japanese fighter pilot in the Pacific (1976). (Kusatsu also guest-starred on an episode of Lou Grant on Japanese internment in the U.S.); Golden Land (1988), a Hollywood-set drama based on a William Faulkner story; and the AIDS drama And the Band Played On (1993). He appeared in four MAS*H episodes and later starred in the short-lived A.B.C. series All American Girl (1994–1995), the first East Asian familiar sitcom in the U.S.

Feature roles, beginning with Midway (1976), have generally been small, but in the 1990s Kusatsu had roles in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993, as a history teacher) and In the Line of Fire (1993, as a Secret Service agent). He appeared as a high school English teacher in American Pie (1999). Other recent films have been "ShopGirl" as Mr. Agasa, and in Sydney Pollack's The Interpreter (2005) as Lee Wu, head of security for the United Nations Headquarters. He currently plays the recurring role of Dr. Dennis Okamura on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless. Kusatsu starred in Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008) as Mr. Lee.

Kusatsu is married to Gayle Kusatsu; they have two sons, Kevin and Andrew.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Clyde Kusatsu, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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2015 The Grinder(1 episode) as Joseph Yao
2013 47 Ronin as Drunk Official
2012 Ben and Kate(1 episode) as Mr. Su
2009 Love Happens as Cab Driver
2009 Dollhouse(1 episode)
2007 Chuck(2 episodes) as Morimoto
2006 Shark(1 episode)
2006 Numb3rs(1 episode)
2005 Shopgirl as Mr. Agasa
2005 Extreme Dating as Joe
2005 The Closer(1 episode)
2005 The Interpreter as Police Chief Lee Wu
2005 Avatar: The Last Airbender(2 episodes)
2004 The Librarian: Quest for the Spear as Head Monk
2004 Boston Legal(1 episode)
2003 The Lyon's Den(1 episode)
2003 NCIS(1 episode)
2003 Lilo & Stitch: The Series(4 episodes)
2003 Nip/Tuck(1 episode)
2003 Evil Con Carne(1 episode)
2003 Hollywood Homicide as Coroner Chung
2002 Everwood(1 episode)
2002 Monk(1 episode)
2001 Citizen Baines(4 episodes)
2001 Heavy Gear(40 episodes)
2001 The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy(1 episode)
2001 Samurai Jack(3 episodes)
2001 The Division(1 episode)
2000 Even Stevens(1 episode)
2000 Malcolm in the Middle(1 episode)
1999 The West Wing(1 episode) as Joe
1999 Family Law(2 episodes)
1999 American Pie as English Teacher
1999 Mickey Mouse Works(27 episodes)
1999 Batman Beyond(4 episodes)
1999 Providence(2 episodes)
1998 Charmed(1 episode)
1998 Babylon 5: Thirdspace as Bill Morishi
1998 Godzilla as Japanese Tanker Skipper
1997 Dharma & Greg(1 episode)
1997 Ally McBeal(2 episodes)
1997 City Guys(1 episode)
1997 Extreme Ghostbusters(1 episode)
1997 Paradise Road as Sergeant Tomiashi, 'The Snake'
1997 The Practice(2 episodes)
1996 The Pretender(1 episode)
1996 Superman: The Animated Series(2 episodes)
1996 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest(4 episodes)
1995 JAG(2 episodes)
1995 Murder One(1 episode)
1995 Maybe This Time(1 episode)
1995 Pinky and the Brain(1 episode)
1995 Top Dog as Capt. Callahan
1995 The Wayans Bros.(1 episode)
1994 Deconstructing Sarah as Officer Okawa
1994 Gargoyles(2 episodes)
1994 Fantastic Four(5 episodes)
1994 Touched by an Angel(1 episode)
1994 ER(1 episode)
1994 Chicago Hope(1 episode)
1994 All-American Girl(20 episodes)
1994 Ellen(1 episode)
1994 Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?(41 episodes)
1993 Mighty Max(1 episode)
1993 SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron(1 episode)
1993 The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.(1 episode)
1993 In the Line of Fire as Jack Okura
1993 Walker, Texas Ranger(3 episodes)
1993 Silent Cries as Saburo Saigo
1993 Class of '96(1 episode)
1992 Raven(1 episode)
1991 Good & Evil(1 episode)
1991 Jailbirds as Kasaki
1991 And the Sea Will Tell as Enoki
1991 The Perfect Weapon as Detective Wong
1991 Lies Before Kisses as Lieutenant Hand
1990 Beverly Hills, 90210(2 episodes)
1990 Captain Planet and the Planeteers(115 episodes)
1990 Parker Lewis Can't Lose(1 episode)
1989 Gross Anatomy as Interviewing Professor
1989 Family Matters(3 episodes)
1989 Island Son(18 episodes)
1989 Wired as Coroner Thomas Noguchi
1989 Turner & Hooch as Kevin Williams
1989 Jesse Hawkes(1 episode)
1988 Murphy's Law(1 episode)
1987 Thirtysomething(1 episode)
1987 Star Trek: The Next Generation(4 episodes)
1987 A Different World(1 episode)
1987 Tour of Duty(1 episode)
1987 Wiseguy(2 episodes)
1986 Designing Women(1 episode)
1986 Sidekicks(1 episode)
1986 ALF(1 episode)
1986 L.A. Law(1 episode)
1986 The New Gidget(1 episode)
1986 Shanghai Surprise as Joe Go
1986 The Hogan Family(1 episode)
1985 Jem(65 episodes)
1985 MacGyver(2 episodes)
1985 Stingray(1 episode)
1984 Crazy like a Fox(1 episode)
1984 Murder, She Wrote(1 episode)
1984 Who's the Boss?(1 episode)
1984 Hunter(1 episode)
1983 Webster(1 episode)
1983 The Fall Guy(1 episode)
1982 Lookin' to Get Out as Parking Attendant
1982 Remington Steele(1 episode)
1982 Bring 'Em Back Alive(18 episodes)
1982 The Challenge as Go
1982 Cagney and Lacey(1 episode)
1982 T. J. Hooker(1 episode)
1981 Simon & Simon(2 episodes)
1981 ...All the Marbles as Clyde Yamashito
1981 Dynasty(2 episodes)
1980 Magnum, P.I.(9 episodes)
1979 Knots Landing(2 episodes)
1979 Meteor as Yamashiro
1979 Benson(1 episode)
1979 The Facts of Life(1 episode)
1978 Taxi(1 episode)
1978 Dr. Strange as Wong
1978 Go Tell the Spartans as Col. Minh
1977 The Choirboys as Francis Tanaguchi
1977 Lou Grant(2 episodes)
1977 Tales of the Unexpected (US)(1 episode)
1976 Quincy, M.E.(1 episode)
1976 Spencer's Pilots(1 episode)
1976 Alice(1 episode)
1976 Farewell to Manzanar as Teddy Wakatsuki
1975 Ellery Queen(1 episode)
1974 Harry O(1 episode)
1972 Kung Fu(3 episodes)
1972 M*A*S*H(4 episodes)
1971 All in the Family(3 episodes)
1968 Hawaii Five-O(1 episode)
1967 Mannix(1 episode)
1967 Ironside(1 episode)
1900 Sex Tax: Based on a True Story as Judge

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