July 31, 1943
Sacramento, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Steve Alden Nelson (m. 2008)|
Sab Shimono (born July 31, 1943) is an American actor who has appeared in dozens of movies and television shows in character roles.
An accomplished stage actor, he has appeared on Broadway and in regional theaters including San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. He was cast as Ito opposite Angela Lansbury's Auntie Mame in Jerry Herman's Broadway musical hit Mame in 1966. This was followed by Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen (1970), The Chickencoop Chinaman (1972), Ride the Winds (1974), and the role of Manjiro in Stephen Sondheim & Harold Prince's Pacific Overtures (1976). In 2010, he appeared in the world premiere of No-No Boy by Ken Narasaki based on the novel by John Okada.
His more memorable film roles include Hiroshi Kawamura in the 1990 drama Come See the Paradise, the coroner "Painless" Kumagai in 1990's Presumed Innocent, Lord Norinaga in 1993's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, and in Old Dogs, alongside John Travolta and Robin Williams, as Japanese billionaire Yoshiro Nishamura. He can also be seen in Asian American independent films, The Sensei (2008), Americanese (2009) and Life Tastes Good (1999).
On television, Shimono provided the voices of antique-shop owner/Chi Wizard Uncle Chan on the television series Jackie Chan Adventures, the elderly version of the Emperor (Jack's father) on Samurai Jack, Airbending Master Monk Gyatso and Master Yu on the popular series Avatar: The Last Airbender, Mister Sparkle on an episode and Master Sushi Chef "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish" on The Simpsons and Mr. Murakam on 2012's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series.
Personal life 
Shimono, a Japanese American, was born Saburo Shimono (下野 三郎 Shimono Saburō ) in Sacramento, California, the son of restaurant owners Edith Mary (née Otani) and Masauchi Shimono. During World War II, Shimono was interned at the Tule Lake War Relocation Center and the Granada War Relocation Center.
He is the twin brother of Dr. Jiro Shimono, director of the Delaware Psychiatric Center, and is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. He has been in a relationship with writer Steve Alden Nelson since 2001. The couple registered their domestic partnership in April 2005 and married in San Diego June 23, 2008.
- Sab Shimono Biography (1943-)
- Wada, Karen (2005-06). Camp Revival: Two new productions explore the still-controversial topic of Japanese American internment. Los Angeles Magazine. p. 52
- "Sab & Steve". API Equality-LA. March 31, 2011. Retrieved July 15, 2012.
- Sab Shimono at the Internet Movie Database
- Sab Shimono at New York Times Movies 
- Sab Shimono at Rotten Tomatoes 
- Sab Shimono at Internet Broadway Database