Clyde Kusatsu

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Clyde Kusatsu
Clyde Kusatsu.jpg
Born (1948-09-13) September 13, 1948 (age 70)
Years active1973-present
Spouse(s)Gayle Kusatsu (1976-present)

Clyde Kusatsu (born September 13, 1948) is an American actor of Japanese descent.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Kusatsu was born on September 13, 1948, in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he also grew up. He attended the 'Iolani School. Kusatsu began acting in Honolulu summer stock, and after studying theatre at Northwestern University, started to make his mark on the small screen in the mid-1970s. With his quiet, wry line delivery, Kusatsu made a memorably clever and hilarious sparring partner for Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor) on several episodes of All in the Family as the Reverend Chong, refusing to baptize Archie's grandson without the permission of the boy's parents. During this period Kusatsu also worked with the Asian American theatre group East West Players in Los Angeles.[2]

Kusatsu was subsequently a regular on several series, but neither the adventure Bring 'Em Back Alive[1] (1982–83) nor the Hawaiian-set medical drama Island Son (1989–90) (in which he played one of Richard Chamberlain's colleagues) lasted very long. His many television movies have included the film adaptation of Farewell to Manzanar (1976), about Japanese American internment during World War II. (Kusatsu also guest-starred on an episode of Lou Grant on Japanese internment in the U.S.); Other television films and mini-series have been "And The Sea Will Tell", and "American Tragedy" playing Judge Lance Ito. He had a memorable role in the "Baa Baa Black Sheep" episode "Prisoners of War" as a downed Japanese fighter pilot in the Pacific (1976); Golden Land (1988), a Hollywood-set drama based on a William Faulkner story; and the AIDS drama And the Band Played On (1993). Kusatsu also made several guest appearances on Star Trek: The Next Generation as Starfleet Vice Admiral Nakamura, appeared in four M*A*S*H episodes, the Rockford Files episode "New Life Old Dragons" in 1977 and later starred in the short-lived A.B.C. series All American Girl (1994–1995), the first Asian American family sitcom in the U.S. He also guest starred in several episodes of the 1990s ABC situation comedy Family Matters as Principal Shimata, the usual foil of that series' main protagonist Steve Urkel.

Feature roles, beginning with Midway (1976), have generally been small, but in the 1990s Kusatsu had roles in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993, as a history teacher) and In the Line of Fire (1993, as a Secret Service agent). He appeared as a high school English teacher in American Pie[3] (1999). Other recent films have been Shopgirl as Mr. Agasa, and in Sydney Pollack's The Interpreter (2005) as Lee Wu, head of security for the United Nations Headquarters. He played the recurring role of Dr. Dennis Okamura on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless.[4] Kusatsu starred in Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008) as Mr. Lee. He is also one of the most recognizable actors in the TV and movie industry whenever an ethnic character is needed. He also appeared as three different characters on Magnum, P.I., including the Vietnamese Colonel Ki character who severely wounds Thomas Magnum (Tom Selleck), and in another episode irritated Magnum with his John Wayne impression. His other role was HPD Detective Gordon Katsumoto, Magnum's ally; in the reboot of the same tv series this role is played by Tim Kang.

In 2012 the actors unions of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Actors (AFTRA) merged into SAG-AFTRA, and in 2013 Kusatsu became the first elected President of the new SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles Local, and at their convention was elected the first National Vice President Los Angeles, an office he currently holds having been re-elected in 2015. He continues to act as well most recently in The Grinder and plays the father-in-law to Ken Jeong in Dr. Ken as well as continuing his career in film, commercials, television, and voice-over animation most recently Curious George.



Year Title Role Notes
1974 Airport 1975 Passenger Uncredited
1976 Midway Commander Watanabe Yasimasa
1976 Alex & the Gypsy X-Ray Technician
1977 Black Sunday Freighter Captain
1977 Oh, God! Supermarket Employee Uncredited
1977 The Choirboys Francis Tanaguchi
1978 Go Tell the Spartans Colonel Minh
1979 The Frisco Kid Mr. Ping
1979 Meteor Yamashiro
1981 ...All the Marbles Clyde Yamashito, Japanese Promoter
1982 The Challenge Go
1982 Lookin' to Get Out Parking Attendant - Gets the China Speech
1984 Gimme an 'F' Japanese Businessman
1985 Volunteers Souvanna
1986 Shanghai Surprise Joe Go
1989 Turner & Hooch Kevin Williams
1989 Wired Coroner Thomas Noguchi
1989 Gross Anatomy Interviewing Professor
1990 Bird on a Wire Mr. Takawaki
1991 The Perfect Weapon Detective Wong
1991 Pizza Man Former Prime Minister Nakasone
1993 Silent Cries Saburo Saigo
1993 Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story History Teacher
1993 Hot Shots! Part Deux Prime Minister Soto Uncredited
1993 Made in America Bob Takashima
1993 In the Line of Fire Jack Okura
1993 Rising Sun Tanaka
1993 Dream Lover Judge Kurita
1995 Top Dog Ken Callahan
1996 Spy Hard Noggin
1997 Paradise Road Sergeant Tomiashi, "The Snake"
1998 Godzilla Japanese Tanker Skipper
1999 American Pie English Teacher
2001 Recess: School's Out Mr. Yamashiro (voice)
2001 Dr. Dolittle 2 Bee (voice)
2002 A Ribbon of Dreams Fred (The Agent)
2003 The Singing Detective Visiting Japanese Doctor
2003 The United States of Leland Judge
2003 Bachelorman Mr. Yi
2003 Hollywood Homicide Coroner Chung
2004 Gas Mr. Sang
2004 Paparazzi Dr. Hanson
2005 Pretty Persuasion Judge Carl Munro
2005 The Interpreter Police Chief Lee Wu
2005 Extreme Dating Joe
2005 Shopgirl Mr. Agasa
2005 Rumor Has It Conference Attendee
2007 Drive-Thru Fred Fukizaki
2008 Broken Angel Dondi
2008 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Mr. Lee
2009 Love Happens Cab Driver
2009 Why Am I Doing This? Himself
2010 Sex Tax: Based on a True Story Judge
2010 A Nanny for Christmas Mr. Halligan
2012 Any Day Now Dr. Nakahura
2013 The Face of Love Sushi Chef
2013 The Moment Dr. Nunakawa
2013 47 Ronin Drunk Official


Year Title Role Notes
1970 Room 222 Man Walking into Cafe Episode: "Ralph"
1973–1974 Kung Fu Lama Campo Kushog / Han Su Lok / Po San / Ying's Son 5 episodes
1973–1982 M*A*S*H Kwang Duk / Capt. Paul Yamato / Sgt. Michael Yee 4 episodes
1974 Tenafly Airline Attendant Episode: "Man Running"
1974 Ironside Parking Attendant Episode: "Friend or Foe"
1974 Get Christie Love! Police Sketch Artist Episode: "Deadly Betrayal"
1974 Mannix Japanese Attache Episode: "Enter Tami Okada"
1975 Harry O Coroner Episode: "The Acolyte"
1975 Ellery Queen Mateo Episode: "The Adventure of the Blunt Instrument"
1976 The Blue Knight Eng Episode: "The Great Wall of Chinatown"
1976 Farewell to Manzanar Teddy Wakatsuki Television film
1976 Spencer's Pilots Jesse Episode: "The Code"
1976 Delvecchio Examiner Episode: "Board of Rights"
1976 Alice Herb Tanaguchi Episode: "Mother-in-Law: Part 1"
1976 Baa Baa Black Sheep Captain Tenyu Araki Episode: "Prisoners of War"
1976 Hawaii Five-O Jerry Quan Episode: "Yes, My Deadly Daughter"
1976–1978 All in the Family Reverend Chong 3 episodes
1977 Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected Kenji Episode: "The Mask of Adonis"
1977 The Rockford Files Nguyen Episode: "New Life, Old Dragons"
1977, 1981 Quincy, M.E. Dr. Randolph Mitzubi / Hokaido 2 episodes
1977, 1982 Lou Grant Ken Watanabe / Ralph Tumora 2 episodes
1978 Dr. Strange Wong Television film
1978 Taxi Paul Episode: "Come as You Aren't"
1979 Supertrain Shimaju Fukuda Episode: "The Green Girl"
1980 Hello, Larry Hotel Clerk Episode: "The Rock Star: Part 2"
1980 A Perfect Match Dr. Tommy Chang Television film
1980 Benson Stan Episode: "Thick as Thieves"
1980–1987 Magnum, P.I. Detective Gordon Katsumoto / Dr. Long Tang / Colonel Ki / Colonel Ky in Flashback / Naval Medical Examiner 8 episodes
1981 Knots Landing Dr. Akura 2 episodes
1982 The Powers of Matthew Star Lee Episode: "Experiments"
1982–1983 Bring 'Em Back Alive Ali 14 episodes
1982, 1984 Simon & Simon Mr. Tao / Gerald 2 episodes
1983 We Got It Made Marcel Episode: "Mickey Goes Topless"
1983 Webster Doctor Episode: "Travis"
1983 Masquerade Sushi Episode: "Girls for Sale"
1984 Velvet Doctor Yashima Television film
1984 Cagney & Lacey Raulino Episode: "Unusual Occurrence"
1984 Crazy Like a Fox Unknown character Episode: "Pilot"
1985 Three's a Crowd Mr. Katsumura Episode: "A Case of Sour Grapes"
1985 Dallas Dr. Albert Matsuda Episode: "Bail Out"
1985 T. J. Hooker Tran Tam Episode: "Outcall"
1985 Hunter Detective Lieutenant Raymond Lau Episode: "Night of the Dragons"
1985 Jem (voice) Episode: "Battle of the Bands"
1985, 1986 MacGyver Sam / Anek 2 episodes
1986 Remington Steele San Francisco Episode: "Steele, Inc."
1986 The Fall Guy Billy Lok Episode: "Trial by Fire"
1986 Trapper John, M.D. Dr. Sung Kang Episode: "Heart and Seoul"
1986 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Detective Episode: "The Creeper"
1986 Intimate Encounters Professor Ikeda Television film
1986 Together We Stand Chao Episode: "Betrothal"
1986 ALF Skydiver Episode: "Jump"
1987 Dynasty Dr. Chen Episode: "A Love Remembered"
1987 Shell Game Daniel Cho Episode: "Pai Gow"
1987 Sidekicks Dr. Tosh Episode: "The Patusani Always Rings Twice"
1987 L.A. Law Judge T.S. Masuoka Episode: "Sparky Brackman R.I.P. ????-1987"
1987 Stingray Attending Surgeon Episode: "Anytime, Anywhere"
1987 The Highwayman Chairman Morotana Episode: "The Highwayman"
1987 The Facts of Life Budget Bob Episode: "Down and Out in Malibu: Part 2"
1987 Laguna Heat Coroner Television film
1987 Mistress Miki Television film
1988 Wiseguy Kenneth 'Kenny' Sushia 3 episodes
1988 Tour of Duty LTC Tho Episode: "Angel of Mercy"
1988 Who's the Boss? Kim Lee Episode: "The Two Tonys"
1988 Run Till You Fall Fujimoto Television film
1988 Murphy's Law Derva Episode: "The Room Above the Indian Grocery"
1988 Thirtysomething Dr. Richards Episode: "The Mike Van Dyke Show"
1989 Annie McGuire Ambassador Kukla Episode: "Soft Hearted Annie"
1989 The Hogan Family Sam Matsuda Episode: "Secretarial Poole"
1989 Jesse Hawkes Unknown character Episode: "Pilot"
1989 The Road Raiders Shimoto Television film
1989 Small Wonder Mr. Saito Episode: "Thy Neighbor's Wife"
1989 The Smurfs Additional voices Episode: "Smurfs That Time Forgot"
1989–1990 Island Son Dr. Kenji Fushida 19 episodes
1989–1994 Star Trek: The Next Generation Admiral Nakamura 3 episodes
1990 Revealing Evidence: Stalking the Honolulu Strangler Lt. Arioto Television film
1990 Parker Lewis Can't Lose Mr. Loopman Episode: "Pilot"
1990 In the Line of Duty: A Cop for the Killing Matsumo Television film
1991 Dear John Officer #2 Episode: "John and Kirk's Excellent Adventure"
1991 A Different World Kinishiwa Representative Episode: "The Cash Isn't Always Greener"
1991 And the Sea Will Tell Enoki Television film
1991 Good & Evil Tensing Episode: "Pilot"
1991 Lies Before Kisses Lieutenant Hand Television film
1991 Jailbirds Lieutenant Hand Television film
1991 Baby of the Bride Dr. Chang Television film
1991–1992 Captain Planet and the Planeteers Dr. Chang 3 episodes
1991–1994 Family Matters Principal Edgar Shimata 3 episodes
1992 The Legend of Prince Valiant Chung Ling-Su (voice) Episode: "The Dawn of Darkness"
1992 Civil Wars Toshio Furukawa Episode: "Denise and De Nuptials"
1992 Raven Ken Tanaka Episode: "Return of the Black Dragon"
1992 Designing Women Lewis Episode: "Trial and Error"
1992 The Streets of Beverly Hills Gudmunssen Television film
1992, 1999 Beverly Hills, 90210 Coroner / Frank 2 episodes
1993 Class of '96 Professor Ashira Episode: "Midterm Madness"
1993 Sirens Billy Cota Episode: "Everybody Lies"
1993 And the Band Played On Blood Bank Executive Television film
1993 The New Adventures of Superman Public Affairs Officer Episode: "Pilot"
1993 Mighty Max Hanuman (voice) Episode: "The Maxnificent Seven"
1994 The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. Roy Shimamura Episode: "Brooklyn Dodgers"
1994 Deconstructing Sarah Officer Okawa Television film
1994 SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron Islander (voice) Episode: "Volcanus Erupts!/The Origin of Dr. Viper"
1994 All-American Girl Benny Kim 18 episodes
1994‒1995 Fantastic Four Karnak / Annihilus / Dr. Neville (voice) 4 episodes
1994, 1997 Walker, Texas Ranger Detective Danny Cho / Dr. Sweeney 2 episodes
1995 Ellen Judge Mitchell Sung Episode: "Three Strikes"
1995 Phantom 2040 Akira (voice) Episode: "Down the Line"
1995 Marker Detective Akida Episode: "Discovery"
1995 The Wayans Bros. Mr. Mitsumoto Episode: "Brazilla vs. Rodney"
1995 Favorite Deadly Sins Saint Peter Television film
1995, 1999 The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries Mr. Kim / Soh Fishimene (voice) 2 episodes
1996 Maybe This Time Noriyukio Episode: "Break a Leg"
1996 Gargoyles Kai / Dr. Arnada (voice) 2 episodes
1996 Mighty Ducks Tai Quack Do Episode: "Power Play"
1996 Murder One Dr. Yamashita Episode: "Chapter Two, Year Two"
1996–1997 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Dr. Zin / Guard (voice) 4 episodes
1997 Touched by an Angel Dr. Robertson Episode: "Forget-Me-Not"
1997 Bruno the Kid Engineer / Chang (voice) 2 episodes
1997 Party of Five Judge Michael A. Katsu Episode: "Past Imperfect"
1997 Total Security Seiji Ingawa Episode: "The Never Bending Story"
1997 Pinky and the Brain Hama / Chef / Doorman (voice) Episode: "Leggo My Ego/Big in Japan"
1997 City Guys Dr. Mortia Episode: "Future Shock"
1997 Extreme Ghostbusters Various characters (voice) 2 episodes
1997 City Guys Dr. Mortia Episode: "Future Shock"
1998 The Closer Ted Kasahara Episode: "Pilot"
1998 Adventures from the Book of Virtues The Rich Man / The Servant (voice) Episode: "Gratitude"
1998 Superman: The Animated Series Dr. Cornell (voice) Episode: "Little Girl Lost: Part II"
1998 Stressed Eric Kanagawa-San (voice) Episode: "Tidy"
1998 Babylon 5: Thirdspace Bill Morishi Television film
1998 The Net Greg Lin Episode: "Kill the Buddha"
1998 Histeria! Hongxi / Peking Man (voice) 2 episodes
1998 Buddy Faro Lt. Wong Episode: "Touched by an Amnesiac"
1998 Chicago Hope Frank Fenton Episode: "Viagra-Vated Assault"
1998 Maggie Assisting Surgeon Episode: "Art History"
1998 Vengeance Unlimited Judge Clyde Kurosawa Episode: "Legalese"
1998 Godzilla: The Series Japanese Border Patrol Agent (voice) Episode: "Competition"
1998 Mickey Mouse Works Additional voices Episode: #1.1"
1998, 2002 The Practice Judge Stephen Chin 2 episodes
1999 Rude Awakening Mr. Tranh Episode: "Trude Awakening"
1999 Dharma & Greg Al Episode: "Welcome to the Hotel Calamari"
1999 Any Day Now Judge C. Eastlake Episode: "It's Not You, It's Me"
1999 For Your Love Mr. Sato Episode: "The Couple's Court"
1999–2000 Batman Beyond Mr. Fong / Jimmy Lin / Mr. Tan / Coach (voice) 4 episodes
1999, 2002 Providence Pediatrician / Henry Yamada 2 episodes
2000 The West Wing Joe Episode: "Lord John Marbury"
2000 Rugrats Mr. Hasagawa (voice) Episode: "Incredible Shrinking Babies/Miss Manners"
2000 Pepper Ann Mayor Kim (voice) Episode: "The Sellout/The Telltale Fuzzy"
2000 The Pretender Li Ho Episode: "The Agent of Year Zero"
2000 Ally McBeal Dr. Myron Okubo 2 episodes
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Ranger #1 / Warden Yung (voice) 2 episodes
2000 Malcolm in the Middle Ice Cream Man Episode: "Traffic Jam"
2000 American Tragedy Judge Lance Ito Miniseries
2000 JAG Senator Theodore Fujiwara / Capt. Morimoto 2 episodes
2001 The Division Unknown character Episode: "Secrets and Lies"
2001 Max Steel (voice) Episode: "Seraphim"
2001 Citizen Baines Grant Tanaka 4 episodes
2001 The Wild Thornberrys: The Origin of Donnie Sun Bear (voice) Television film
2001 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Japanese Scientist / Japanese Business Guy (voice) Episode: "Smell of Vengeance: Part 1/Fiend Is Like Friend Without the 'r'/Smell of Vengeance: Part 2"
2001 Jackie Chan Adventures Gang Leader (voice) Episode: "Mother of All Battles"
2001 Heavy Gear: The Animated Series Kusunoki Tachi (voice) 5 episodes
2001 Justice League Japanese Ambassador / Asian Technician (voice) Episode: "Secret Origins"
2001 Family Law Judge Paul Hamawaki 2 episodes
2001–2003 Samurai Jack Father / Old Man / Dad / Grand Master (voice) 3 episodes
2002 Even Stevens Tex Nagita Episode: "The King Sloppy"
2002 Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future Dagg / Ling / Equinox (voice) 3 episodes
2003 Days of Our Lives Nobu Episode: "#9569"
2003 What's New, Scooby-Doo? (voice) Episode: "Big Appetite in Little Tokyo"
2003 Nip/Tuck Dr. Hiroshi Episode: "Adelle Coffin"
2003 The Lyon's Den Judge Episode: "Ex"
2003 One on One Yoon Episode: "East Meets East Coast"
2003–2005 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Mr. Wong / Bald Tourist / Luau Host / Mayor Kim (voice) 7 episodes
2004 Everwood Edward Ogawa Episode: "Your Future Awaits"
2004 The Librarian: Quest for the Spear Head Monk Television film
2004 Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama Nakasumi (voice) Television film
2004–2006 Still Standing Johnny 3 episodes
2005 The Closer Dr. Tanaka Episode: "Pilot"
2005 Strong Medicine Dr. Stan Liem Episode: "Rhythm of the Heart"
2005 Avatar: The Last Airbender Storyteller / Calm Man / Senior Monk / additional characters (voice) 4 episodes
2005 Numbers Antiquities Dealer Episode: "Bones of Contention"
2006 Charmed Lo Pan Episode: "12 Angry Zen"
2006 Monk Judge Rienzo Episode: "Mr. Monk Gets Jury Duty"
2006 Maya & Miguel Maggie's Dad (voice) Episode: "After School"
2006 Hellboy: Sword of Storms Additional voices Television film
2006 Shark Judge Chudacoff Episode: "Déjà Vu All Over Again"
2006 Boston Legal Judge Matsumura 2 episodes
2006–2007 Eloise: The Animated Series Mr. Takahashi (voice) 4 episodes
2006–2009 Curious George The Grocer (voice) 6 episodes
2006–2012 The Young and the Restless Dr. Dennis Okamura 27 episodes
2007 Pandemic Dr. Kenji Ito Miniseries
2007 ER Review Board Doctor #1 Episode: "Dying is Easy"
2007 A.T.O.M. Master Kwan 2 episodes
2007 Fugly Doctor Television film
2008 The Spectacular Spider-Man Ted Twaki / Car Salesman (voice) Episode: "Reaction"
2008 Chuck Morimoto Episode: "Chuck Versus Tom Sawyer"
2009 Back at the Barnyard Wise One (voice) Episode: "Pig Amok/Sun Cow"
2009 The Secret Saturdays Chong (voice) Episode: "Curse of the Stolen Tiger"
2009 Dollhouse Dr. Makido Episode: "Belonging"
2009 Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas The Grocer (voice) Television film
2009, 2016 NCIS Mr. Rin / Benjamin Franklin 2 episodes
2010–2011 Law & Order: LA Judge Bradley Rumford 2 episodes
2010–2012 The Bold and the Beautiful Judge Clayton 4 episodes
2011 $h*! My Dad Says Mortimer Foo Episode: "The Better Father"
2011 Hawaii Five-0 Judge Kamalei Episode: "Loa Aloh"
2011 Fairly Legal Joseph Chang Episode: "My Best Friend's Prenup"
2011–2015 The Penguins of Madagascar Shingen (voice) 2 episodes
2012 New Girl Judge Episode: "Jess & Julia"
2012 The Legend of Korra Additional voices Episode: "The Voice in the Night"
2012 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Picnicker (voice) Episode: "Heart of Evil"
2013 Ben and Kate Mr. Su Episode: "Father-Daughter Dance"
2013 Franklin & Bash Judge Marcus Koh Episode: "Out of the Blue"
2013 Raising Hope Mr. Lee Episode: "Burt Bucks"
2015 General Hospital Judge Chan Episode: "#13256"
2015 Major Lazer Store Owner (voice) Episode: "Fizzy Fever"
2015 The Grinder Joseph Yao Episode: "Giving Thanks, Getting Justice"
2015–2016 Dr. Ken Jerry 2 episodes
2016 24: Legacy Senator Episode: "12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m."
2017 Doubt Dr. Benjamin Lau Episode: "Then and Now"
2017 Madam Secretary Choden Gyatso Episode: "Swept Away"
2017 Be Cool, Scooby-Doo Mr. Kagawa (voice) Episode: "The Curse of Kaniaku"
2017 Dice Judge Smith Episode: "The Trial"
2018 Designated Survivor Japanese Finance Minister Omono Episode: "In the Dark"
2018 The Cool Kids Norman Episode: "Thanksgiving at Murray's"


Year Title Role
2007 Driver '76 Mr. Zhou
2007 Spider-Man 3 Dragon Tail Leader / Additional Voices


  1. ^ a b c "Clyde Kusatsu". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Actor Kusatsu to Speak at SFV JACL Installation". Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  3. ^ Verrier, Richard (August 16, 2013). "Clyde Kusatsu elected president of SAG-AFTRA's L.A. local". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ "INTERVIEW: Clyde Kusatsu on His Three TNG Appearances". Retrieved 2018-04-23.

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