Though he played other roles, we will always remember Pat Morita as Mr. Miyagi from Karate Kid. He was absolutely zen-cool and made an impression on my son back in the days when very little beyond metal and goth got onto his radar. I wonder how many kids growing up in the 80’s and 90’s will remember him fondly. Couldn’t ask for a better role model with such a great twisted sense of humor.
Pat Morita was only 73 when he died in Las Vegas on 25 November 2005. Goodbye, Mr. Miyagi, and thank you.