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    (December 10, 1933-July 21, 2006)
    Birth name was Makoto Iwamatsu
    Acted in 'The Sand Pebbles (1966),' 'The Ugly Dachshund (1966),' 'Fools (1970),' 'The Killer Elite (1975),' 'Under the Rainbow (1981),' 'Conan the Barbarian (1982),' 'Conan the Destroyer (1984),' 'Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988),' 'Pacific Heights (1990),' 'RoboCop 3 (1993),' 'Seven Years in Tibet (1997),' 'Pearl Harbor (2001)' and 'Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)'
    Voice of Aku in the TV cartoon series 'Samurai Jack' (2001-2004)
    Co-founded the East West Players, the first Asian American theater company in the U.S. (1965)
    Died of esophageal cancer at age 72
    He went by a pretentious single name.
    He dropped out of architect school to become an actor.
    He portrayed four different Korean characters in the TV series M*A*S*H.
    He died one day after being confirmed as the voice of Master Splinter for the 2007 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie.
    During an interview he pondered: 'Will there ever be a time when East West Players won't be needed, because everyone will be doing world theater?'
    He then answered his own question: 'No, not in my lifetime.'
    He became a naturalized U.S. citizen (1956).
    He served two years in the U.S. military.
    He earned an Oscar nomination for his role in 'The Sand Pebbles.'
    When he kept messing up during rehearsal for the 1976 Broadway musical 'Pacific Overtures' he offered to quit. He continued on and earned a Tony nomination.
    He taught acting and his theater company helped several Asian American actors land roles in TV and movies.
    He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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