Robert Ito

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Robert Ito
Robert Ito Jack Klugman Quincy 1977.jpg
Ito with Jack Klugman in Quincy, M. E., 1977
Born (1931-07-02) July 2, 1931 (age 88)
Vancouver, B.C., Canada
NationalityCanadian
OccupationActor, voice artist
Years active1965-present

Robert Ito (born July 2, 1931) is a Canadian film and television actor and voice-over artist of Japanese descent[1] who is perhaps best known to television viewers for his roles as Sam Fujiyama on the NBC-TV series Quincy, M.E.[1] and Lawrence 'Larry' Mishima on the CBS-TV night time soap opera series Falcon Crest. He was nominated for a Gemini Award for his performance in Trial at Fortitude Bay.

Career[edit]

Ito was for many years a dancer with the National Ballet of Canada[1] before turning to acting in the mid-1960s. With a long list of performing credits to his name, he is probably best known for his seven-year role on Quincy, M.E. as forensic lab technician Sam Fujiyama. He also appeared three times (as different characters) in the 1970s TV series Kung Fu; first as a Chinese rail worker in the two-hour movie that launched the series, then twice in regular hour-long episodes, once as a Chinese bandit named Captain Lee in the episode "The Way of Violence Has No Mind" and another time as a Japanese Ninja in the episode entitled "The Assassin".[citation needed] He likewise portrayed two different Korean characters in separate episodes of M*A*S*H in 1972 and 1976.

Ito acted in the 1976 World War II film, Midway, as Minoru Genda, the leader of the attack on Midway Island in June 1942. His other film credits include The Terminal Man (1974), Rollerball (1975), Peeper (1976), Special Delivery (1976), Black Sunday (1977), SST: Death Flight (1977), The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984),[1] Pray for Death (1985), Aloha Summer (1988) and The Vineyard (1989). Ito guest starred on the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Coming of Age as TAC officer Lt. Chang and on Star Trek: Voyager as John Kim (Harry Kim's father). Ito starred in The X-Files episodes "Nisei" and "731".[citation needed] In 1999, he appeared in the episode "Hungry Man" on the sitcom The King of Queens.

Animated cartoon voice work[edit]

Ito has voiced characters in many cartoon shows and films, including Avatar: The Last Airbender, Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Animaniacs, Bonkers, Batman: The Animated Series, Jackie Chan Adventures, Fantastic Max, Superman: The Animated Series, SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron, My Little Pony and Friends, Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?, Biker Mice from Mars, Quack Pack, Capitol Critters, ProStars, Justice League, Darkwing Duck, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, Iron Man, The Karate Kid, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures,Rambo and the Forces of Freedom , Savage Dragon, The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan, TaleSpin, Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos, The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries, All Grown Up!, The Mummy: The Animated Series, Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo, The Woody Woodpecker Show (the 1999 version), The Wild Thornberrys, Jonny Quest vs. The Cyber Insects and Gargoyles.

Selected filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Rambo: The Force of Freedom Black Dragon / White Dragon (voice) 27 Episodes
1988 Star Trek: The Next Generation Lt. Chang Episode: "Coming of Age"
1990 TaleSpin Wan-Lo (voice) Episode: "Last Horizons"
1992-1993 Batman: The Animated Series The Ninja / Kyodai Ken 2 Episodes
1993 Animaniacs Mr. Kato Episode: "Taming of the Screwy"
1994 Gargoyles Dr. Sato (voice) Episode: "Deadly Force"
1995-1996 Iron Man Mandarin (voice) 12 Episodes
1995 Jonny Quest vs. The Cyber Insects 427 (voice) Television film
1995 The X-Files Dr. Shiro Zama Episodes "Nisei" and "731"
1996 Quack Pack Dr. William Wu (voice) Episode: "Feats of Clay"
1997 Superman: The Animated Series Awards Presenter, Dr. Teng (voice) 2 Episodes
2000 The Wild Thornberrys Asian Black Bear (voice) Episode: "The Anniversary"
2001 Star Trek: Voyager John Kim Episode: "Author, Author"
2001 The Mummy: The Animated Series Lin Chou Episode: "The Boy Who Would Be King"
2003 Justice League Mr. Hama, Shopper (voice) Episode: "Comfort and Joy"
2006 Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo Mayor, Bookseller (voice) Television film
2007 All Grown Up! Hiro Watanabe Episode: "Trading Places"
2008 Avatar: The Last Airbender Sun Warrior Chief (voice) Episode: "The Firebending Masters"
2010 Mater's Tall Tales Ito San (voice) Episode: "Tokyo Mater"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Robert Ito". The New York Times.

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