Pat MoritaNoriyuki "Pat" Morita
(born June 28
) is a Japanese-American actor best known for the roles of Arnold
on the TV show Happy Days
and Mr. Miyagi
in the movie The Karate Kid
, for which he was nominated for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Although gaining worldwide fame as a wise karate teacher based on the "Karate Kid" franchise, most of Morita's karate in movies was done by stunt doubles.
His other movies include The Karate Kid 2
, The Karate Kid 3
, Honeymoon in Vegas
, and The Next Karate Kid
Prior to breaking into movies, Morita was a member of The Groundlings improvisational comedy troupe, and spent some time as a stand-up comedian.