Voice actor biography for Iwamatsu Mako


Iwamatsu Mako

Birthday: December 10, 1933
Birthplace: Kobe, Japan
Website: IMDB

Biography: Mako was raised by his grandparents in Kobe while his parents worked with the Office of War Information after the start of WW2. Moved to New York at the age of 15 and became a citizen at age 23. He studied to become an architect but switched to acting. Made his screen debut in "The Ugly Dachshund" but came to fame in his next movie as the engine-room coolie in "The Sand Pebbles" opposite Steve McQueen. He co-founded the East West Players, an Asian-American theater in Los Angeles, and was nominated for a Tony in his broadway debut in 1976 in "Pacific Overtures." He tragicly passed away on July 21, 2006 at the age of 72 from esophageal cancer. He was probably one of the best-known Asian-American actors to grace movies and TVs.