Pat Morita Net Worth
Pat Morita was a Japanese-American actor who had a net worth of $5 million dollars. Morita 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 a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award in 1984.
He was born on June 28, 1932 in Isleton, California. 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 back to California where he helped out at the family’s Chinese restaurant in Sacramento.
Age of 30
Around the age of 30, Morita began to pursue 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.
In 1975 Morita joined the cast of the Ron Howard and Henry Winkler sitcom Happy Days. He 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 (played by Ralph Macchio).
His character mentors Daniel in martial arts when he is target by bullies. The film was both a massive 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. He also appeared in several Karate Kid sequels. 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.