Pat Morita Net Worth
Pat Morita Net Worth: Pat Morita was a Japanese-American actor who had a net worth of $5 million dollars. Born June 28, 1932 in Isleton, California, he was best known for his role as "Arnold" Takahashi on the wildly popular sitcom Happy Days (1974-1984) and "Mr." Kesuke Miyagi in The Karate Kid movie franchise, for which he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 1984. Morita contracted spinal tuberculosis around the age of two and spent nine years at a sanitarium, battling for his life. Morita and his family were soon moved by the U.S. government to an internment camp in Arizona—a fate suffered by many Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II. After the war, the family moved to California where he helped out at the family's Chinese restaurant in Sacramento. Around the age of 30, Morita pursued a career in comedy. Sally Marr, Lenny Bruce's mother, acted as his agent and manager in his early days. Morita sometimes worked as the opening act for singers Vic Damone and Connie Stevens and comedian Redd Foxx. Foxx later gave him a role on his sitcom Sanford and Sons in the early '70s. Morita joined the cast of the sitcom Happy Days, starring Ron Howard and Henry Winkler, in 1975 and left the series after the first season to star in the short-lived comedy Mr. T and Tina. In 1982, Morita returned to Happy Days for its final season. In 1984, Morita's career soared to new heights with his role in The Karate Kid where he played a maintenance worker in an apartment building who befriends a young tenant named Daniel (Ralph Macchio) and mentors Daniel in martial arts when he is targeted by bullies. The film was both a commercial and critical success with Morita earning his one and only Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Mr. Miyagi. Morita returned to playing small parts and supporting roles on television and film in his later career. On November 24, 2005, Morita died of liver failure at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada. He left behind his third wife Evelyn and three daughters from his first two marriages.