Pat Morita left this earth in 2005. Along the way he played a couple of iconic characters such as ‘Arnold’ Takahashi on ‘Happy Days’ and Mr. Miyagi in ‘The Karate Kid.’
What you probably didn’t know is that tragedy bitch-slapped him very young.
At the age of 2 he was diagnosed with spinal tuberculosis and spent most of the next nine years in hospitals, often in full body casts. Have you ever tried to scratch an itch in a regular cast? Yeah. Shut the f*** up.
He was often told he would never walk again. Doctors may tell you dark things, but it’s because they don’t wanna get your hopes up. Often, they hope they’re wrong. In this case, they were. However…
A surgeon fused four vertebrae in his spin and Pat, at age 11, finally got to learn to walk again. Just in time to be sent to stay with his parents in an internment camp.
His decision to become a stand-up comedian may have killed his first marriage in the 60′s. His acting career caught a break when he picked up his role on ‘Happy Days,’ but it wasn’t until 1984 where, at age 52, he received an ‘Oscar’ nomination for his role as Mr. Miyagi in ‘The Karate Kid.’
Noriyuki ‘Pat ‘ Morita turned pain and anguish and internment camp misery into a successful entertainment career. So if he wanted to bury his smiling face into some good, old-fashioned knockers then God Bless him. God Bless him.