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Pat Morita struggled to convince Karate Kid bosses he could play Mr Miyagi

No matter how many roles he had before joining the cast of The Karate Kid, Pat Morita will always be known for his portrayal of Mr Miyagi. Despite directors not wanting to give him the role at first, the actor left a lasting legacy. But, how did Pat Morita get cast as the wise old Mr Miyagi in Karate Kid?
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Ralph Macchio On His Experience Auditioning For The Karate Kid And Meeting Pat Morita

For some actors, one series of movies can go on to define their entire career. For Daniel Radcliffe, it's the "Harry Potter" franchise. For Michael J. Fox, it's the "Back to the Future" franchise. For Ralph Macchio, it also could have been the "Back to the Future" franchise, but he was deemed "too east coast" for the role. Luckily for Macchio, he already had a career-defining franchise in hand with the "Karate Kid" films. The story of a kid from Brooklyn being taught karate by his wise building maintenance man spawned two sequels, multiple spin-offs, and a hit Netflix series. For Macchio, that's practically a lifetime of work just from one franchise.
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Ralph Macchio on His Friend and Karate Kid Costar Pat Morita: His Legacy 'Shines Brighter Than Ever'

In a special "What I Wish I Could Tell You" essay, the Cobra Kai star honors his mentor and friend Anyone watching Cobra Kai on Netflix knows: Mr. Miyagi continues to inspire Daniel LaRusso and his family. The same is true for the relationship between Ralph Macchio, 61, and Pat Morita, the man who played Miyagi in the 1984 hit movie The Karate Kid and its sequels — and who died of kidney failure in 2005 at the age of 73. "His impact on my life shines brightly in...
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A Tribute to Pat Morita: From "Happy Days" to "The Karate Kid"

[Author’s Note: This article is based on entertainment postings and accredited media reports, attributed to CBSNews.com, The Associated Press, and HollywoodReporter.com.]. ThespianNoriyuki Pat Morita, who died in 2005, wasbest-known as Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid feature film franchise from 1984 to 1994hich featured a young pre-Oscar-winning Hillary Swank), and as Arnold on TV's 1970s classic, Happy Days, has passed away at 73-years-of-age.
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COBRA KAI Star Ralph Macchio Talks About How the Show Honors Mr. Miyagi, Saying Pat Morita "Would Have Loved All This"

Cobra Kai is back! Season 4 of the series just dropped on Netflix on December 31st, and fans are talking about that explosive finale! The show has pumped out one strong season after another, and they are currently working on Season 5. The series is a brilliant combination of nostalgia, great writing and acting, humor, and heart, and everyone involved seems to know how special it is.