Saturday, November 26, 2005

Pat Morita

Pat Morita
1932-2005

Ever seen The Karate Kid? Me too. I saw it in Japan in 1985 while as an exchange student. To tell you the truth, I didn't buy Pat Morita in the role of Mr. Miyagi for the first half of the movie. He was still Arnold from Happy Days to me.

After I returned home he did a Pizza Hut commercial. I remember it to this day, even though I have only seen it one time: Morita has a slice of pizza in one hand, a pair of chopsticks in the other. He looks at the pizza, then the chopsticks. He tosses the chopsticks over his shoulder with a muttered, "Dame da, kore wa," and takes a bite. I thought it was hilarious. My parents, less so.

Sayonara, Morita-san. The world is a darker place without you.

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