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Asian-American actor Mako rose to international prominence in 1966 after winning an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe Award for his inimitable and unforgettable portrayal of Po-Han, the engine room coolie in Robert Wise's The Sand Pebbles opposite Steve McQueen.

He made his Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim and Hal Prince's Pacific Overtures for which he received a Tony Award nomination. In addition to his Broadway appearances, Mako has starred in such films as Seven Years in Tibet, Tucker: The Man and His Dream, Rising Sun, Conan the Barbarian, and Conan the Destroyer to name a few. He has also appeared on numerous television shows such as Frasier, Seventh Heaven, Martial Law and Walker, Texas Ranger.

Born in Kobe, Japan, Mako came to the United States in the late 1940s and studied at the Pasadena Playhouse. He co-founded the East West Players, a critically acclaimed Asian-American theatre group in Los Angeles where he served as artistic director for many years. Mako and the East West Players are recipients of the Margaret Harford Award, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle's most prestigious award.

Bio courtesy Touchstone (01-Jan-2000)


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