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MAKO (Splinter) had a successful career that spanned five decades and encompassed more than 50 features and more than 100 television appearances. In 1967, he was honored with Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for his major feature film debut performance in Robert Wise's "The Sand Pebbles.” His subsequent film credits included "The Hawaiians,” "Conan the Barbarian,” "Tucker: The Man and His Dream,” "Pacific Heights,” "Rising Sun,” "Seven Years in Tibet,” "Pearl Harbor” and, most recently, "Memoirs of a Geisha,” to name only a portion.

On television, he was seen in guest roles on series dating back to the mid-1960s, and more recently including "The West Wing,” "Monk,” "Charmed” and "7th Heaven.” His television credits also included such telefilms as "When Hell Was in Session,” Columbo: Murder Under Glass,” "Farewell to Manzanar” and "If Tomorrow Comes.”

Mako also worked on the stage, most notably in the Broadway musical "Pacific Overtures,” for which he received a Tony Award nomination in 1976. He was also the first artistic director of the nation's premier Asian American theatre organization, East West Players, based in Los Angeles, and was later named Artistic Director Emeritus of the company.


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