Emily Kuroda

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Emily Kuroda
Emily Keiko Kuroda

(1952-10-30) October 30, 1952 (age 69)
Years active1982-present
Spouse(s)Alberto Isaac (1980-present)
RelativesPaul Kuroda (brother); Douglas Kuroda (brother)

Emily Kuroda (born October 30, 1952) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Mrs. Kim on TV's Gilmore Girls, but she has had a long career on stage and screen and is a veteran of East West Players,[1] Los Angeles's premier Asian American theater group.

Early life and education[edit]

Kuroda, a Japanese-American, was born in Fresno, California, the daughter of Kay and William Kuroda.[2] She began acting and directing in high school and majored in drama at California State University, Fresno[3] before launching her career on stage and screen.


Kuroda has performed in numerous plays including Luis Alfaro's Straight as a Line at Playwrights' Arena, directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera, Chay Yew's Red at East West Players,[3] Winter People at the Boston Court, and Ken Narasaki's Innocent When You Dream at the Electric Lodge,[4] which was directed by her husband, Alberto Isaac. She appeared in Narasaki's No-No Boy at the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica CA, also directed by Isaac, alongside her Gilmore Girls daughter, Keiko Agena. Other theatres include New York's Public Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Rep, Singapore Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, LA Women's Shakespeare Company, Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival, and Lodestone Theatre Ensemble.

Kuroda completed seven years as Mrs. Kim in Warner BrothersGilmore Girls as well as the Netflix revisit in 2016. She also played opposite Flavor Flav in 13 episodes of Under One Roof. Recent television credits include a recurring role on Drop Dead Diva as (Margaret Cho's mother), Medium, Grey's Anatomy, In Case of Emergency, Six Feet Under, The King of Queens, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Practice, General Hospital, Port Charles, L.A. Law, ER, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, The Division, The Agency, Presidio Med, Arliss, and the television special About Love (Emmy nominated). Feature films include RED, PEEP WORLD, Minority Report, Stranger Inside, 2 Days in the Valley, Dad, Broken Words, Worth Winning and Shopgirl. She has also appeared in independent Asian American films, including The Sensei, Yellow and Stand Up for Justice.

She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and the Actors' Equity Association.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Kuroda is married to actor/director Alberto Isaac.[3] She has two brothers, Paul Kuroda (an award-winning photographer in Oakland, California) and her younger brother Douglas Kuroda, an electrician in Fresno, California.



Year Title Role Notes
1986 American Geisha Kikusen
1989 Solo Taki Short
1989 Worth Winning Cory Chu
1989 Dad Vicki
1990 Why Me? News Anchorwoman
1991 Late for Dinner Nurse Ruth
1993 Broken Words Grandmother
1998 Yellow Mrs. Lee
1999 The Suburbans Mrs. Lee Lee
2001 Stranger Inside Min
2003 Day of Independence Choir Member Short
2004 Stand Up for Justice Mrs. Matsuoka Short
2005 Pawns of the King Keiko Short
2005 Shopgirl Japanese Woman Short
2006 My Prince, My Angel Shen's Mother Short
2008 The Sensei Flora Nakano
2009 Hotel for Dogs Social Worker
2009 Aussie and Ted's Great Adventure Mei Mei
2009 Love 10 to 1 Ma
2010 The Man Who Invented the Words Short
2010 Peep World Nail Salon Owner
2010 RED Mrs. Chan
2010 A Super Duper Exotic Erotic Fetish Sexy Must See Story... A Tragedy of Oriental Proportions! Short
2011 Lost Rites Jun-Li Short
2012 Family Restaurant Female Customer/Still Photographer Short
2013 Family Gathering Co-Producer Short
2013 Yellow Face Gish Jen
2013 Uncle Bart Mrs. Park Short
2014 Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy Special Thanks Documentary
2015 Maybe Someday Mrs. Kibble
2016 Justice Angel Fang
2017 Take the 10 Patti


Year Title Role Notes
1982 Remington Steele Akemi Episode: "Your Steele the One for Me"
1983 Tales of the Gold Monkey Geisha Girl Episode: "Naka Jima Kill"
1985 CBS Storybreak Voice Episode: "Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China"
1987 Gung Ho Yukiko Saito 2 episodes
1988 Matlock Receptionist Episode: "The Investigation: Part 1"
1988 MacGyver Karen Matsuga Episode: "The Spoilers"
1988-1989 L.A. Law Ronnie Page 6 episodes
1989 The Preppie Murder Reporter TV Movie
1990 Lifestories Room Nurse Episode: "Don Chapin"
1990 Midnight Patrol: Adventures in the Dream Zone Voice 13 episodes
1990 She Said No Regina TV Movie
1990 Donor ICU Nurse TV Movie
1991 Columbo Linda Episode: "Caution: Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health"
1990-1991 Knots Landing Woman/Cleaning Lady/Banker 3 episodes
1991 Life Goes On Dr. Kito Episode: "Dr. Kito"
1991 Dynasty: The Reunion Nurse Lin TV Movie
1991-1992 Doogie Howser, M.D. Anesthesiologist/Janet Masuda 2 episodes
1992 Sisters Reporter/Nurse 2 episodes
1992 Ladykiller Jack's Secretary TV Movie
1992-1993 The Jackie Thomas Show Waitress 2 episodes
1993 Shadowhunter ADR Loop Group TV Movie
1993 About Love Jeannette Kim TV Movie
1993 Melrose Place Nurse Episode: "Carpe Diem"
1994 A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Lethal Lifestyle Dr. Nancy Lee TV Movie
1995 Awake to Danger TV Movie
1995 Never Say Never: The Deidre Hall Story O.R. Nurse TV Movie
1996 ER Dottie, Hospital Day-Care Worker Episode: "Take These Broken Wings"
1996 Party Girl Mikoto Episode: "Pilot"
1997 Heartless Dr. Alice Morisaki TV Movie
1998 Profiler Dr. Garson Episode: "Bloodlust"
1998 The Young and the Restless Nurse Candice Katsumoto 6 episodes
1999 Working Executive Storyteller #3 Episode: "Romeo and Julie"
1999 Party of Five Nurse Wolfe Episode: "Rings of Saturn"
1999 L.A. Heat Mrs. Kwan Episode: "F Is for Framed"
1999 The Practice Miss Hines - Dental Hygienist Episode: "Free Dental"
1999 Snoops KDLA Reporter Episode: "The Grinch"
2000 Chicago Hope Dr. Bates Episode: "Simon Sez"
2000 Shasta McNasty Nurse Episode: "The Sugar Pill"
2000 Family Law Dr. Braun Episode: "Affairs of the State"
2001 The King of Queens Lily Episode: "Sight Gag"
2001 Curb Your Enthusiasm Restaurant Employee Episode: "The Shrimp Incident"
2001-2002 The Agency 3 episodes
2003 The Handler Dr. Kim Anderson Episode: "Under Color of Law"
2004 Six Feet Under Dr. Key Episode: "Grinding the Corn"
2006 Clark and Michael Driving Range Woman
2000-2007 Gilmore Girls Mrs. Kim/Performer 43 episodes
2007 In Case of Emergency Mrs. Tuckman Episode: "Forbidden Love"
2007 State of Mind Doctor Episode: "Passion Fishing"
2008-2009 Under One Roof Su Ho 13 episodes
2009 Grey's Anatomy Kendall Sully Episode: "Stand By Me"
2010 Medium Morgue Attendant Episode: "Bring Your Daughter to Work Day"
2010-2011 Drop Dead Diva Mrs. Lee 2 episodes
2012 Dakota Cleaning Woman Episode: "Down $1,170"
2012 BFFs Jessica's Mother 2 episodes
2012 Slanted Auntie Linda Episode: "Paying Your Dues"
2012 Scruples Cecile TV Movie
2013 Bloodline Gloria TV Movie
2014 Sequestered Rufang 12 episodes
2007-2014 The Bold and the Beautiful Dr. Kimborough/Archive Footage 6 episodes
2014-2015 Just Us Guys Mrs. K 5 episodes
2016 Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Mrs. Kim TV Mini-Series; Episode: "Winter", "Spring"
2018 The Resident Penny Oh Episode: "The Germ"
2019 The Good Doctor Sunny Lee Episode: "Xin"


Year Title Role Notes
Straight as a Line
Red East West Players
Winter People Boston Court
Innocent When You Dream Electric Lodge
No-No Boy Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica, California

Awards and other recognitions[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
Drama-Logue Awards Ikebana, The Maids, Minimata, The Golden Gate, and Visitors from Nagasaki Won[6]
City of Los Angeles Commendation About Love Won
Back Stage West Garland Award Outstanding Performance Straight As a Line Won
1999 Los Angeles Times Top 10 Straight as a Line Won
2000 Los Angeles Ovation Award Best Lead Actress in a Play Straight As a Line Nominated[3]
2001 Los Angeles Times Top 10 Red Won
2004 Entertainment Today Award Best Actress Winter People Won
2006 East West Players' Rae Creevey Award Won[7]
2006 Playwrights' Arena Award Outstanding Contribution to Los Angeles Theatre Won


  1. ^ Asia Pacific Arts magazine interview with Emily Kuroda Archived July 26, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Emily Kuroda Biography (1952-)". Filmreference.com. 2010. Retrieved October 24, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d Los Angeles Times, A Place She Can Call Home, September 30, 2001
  4. ^ Program for Innocent When You Dream, Timescape Arts Group[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Emily Kuroda: Resume". Archived from the original on April 17, 2016. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  6. ^ "Gilmore Girls: Emily Kuroda Returns to the Stage for 'The Trojan Women'". Archived from the original on June 16, 2008. Retrieved February 26, 2010.
  7. ^ Playbill, July 24, 2006 Archived June 4, 2011, at the Wayback Machine

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