Tamlyn Tomita on April 5, 2010
|Born||Tamlyn Naomi Tomita
January 27, 1966
Tamlyn Naomi Tomita (born January 27, 1966) is a Japanese-born American actress and singer. She made her screen debut in The Karate Kid Part II (1986), and later was leading and supporting roles in films Come See the Paradise (1990), The Joy Luck Club (1993), Picture Bride (1994), Four Rooms (1995), Robot Stories (2003), The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and Gaijin 2: Love Me as I Am (2005).
Tomita also has played several recurring roles on television series, include 24, Glee, Teen Wolf and How to Get Away with Murder. She starred on the Epix drama series Berlin Station (2016), and in 2017 began starring in the ABC medical drama The Good Doctor.
Tomita was born in Okinawa, the daughter of Shiro and Asako Tomita. Her father was a distinguished Japanese-American man who was interned at Manzanar, California, during part of World War II, then later became a Los Angeles police officer, rising to the rank of sergeant and helping to form the first Asian Task force in that Department. Her father died of cancer in 1990. Tomita graduated from Granada Hills High School in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles.
Before becoming an actress, Tomita won the title of Queen at the Nisei Week Pageant in Los Angeles in 1984, and Miss Nikkei International in 1985. In 1987, Tomita made her Japanese singing debut on the label Polydor. She released a single and an album.
In 1984, Tomita got her big break by traveling as Queen of Nisei Week to Hawaii, where she was selected as part of a casting call by director John G. Avildsen to make her acting debut in The Karate Kid Part II. She later had major roles in a number of independent movies. Her biggest role was in the 1990 drama film Come See the Paradise. In 1993, she co-starred opposite Ming-Na Wen in the ensemble cast drama The Joy Luck Club and the next year she had a role in the 1994 independent film Picture Bride. In 1995 Tomita appeared alongside Antonio Banderas in the Robert Rodriguez-directed segment of the vignette anthology comedy Four Rooms.
In the 21st Century, Tomita has had roles in other independent films and co-starred in several major Hollywood productions, including playing Janet Tokada in The Day After Tomorrow. In 2005, she starred in the Brazilian drama film Gaijin 2: Love Me as I Am and also had leading roles in the independent films Robot Stories in 2003 and Only the Brave in 2006. Tomita also appeared in The Eye and Tekken.
Tomita appeared as a character named Ming Li on the NBC daytime soap opera Santa Barbara from May to September 1988. In 2008, she made her return to daytime soaps with recurring role on the ABC's General Hospital. In 2012 she had another recurring role on NBC's Days of Our Lives.
From 1996 to 1997, Tomita was regular cast member in the short-lived UPN drama series, The Burning Zone as well as the pilot movie for Babylon 5. During her career she guest starred on Seven Days, Quantum Leap, Living Single, Murder, She Wrote, Chicago Hope, Will & Grace, Nash Bridges, The Shield, Strong Medicine, Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis, The Mentalist, Private Practice, True Blood, Zoo, Tour of Duty, and many other dramas and comedies. She had recurring roles on Crossing Jordan, JAG, 24, Eureka, Heroes, Law & Order: Los Angeles, Glee, Teen Wolf, Resurrection, How to Get Away with Murder, and Chasing Life.
|1986||The Karate Kid Part II||Kumiko|
|1987||Hawaiian Dream||Karren Saito|
|1990||Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes||Sally||Television film|
|1990||Come See the Paradise||Lily Yuriko Kawamura / McGann|
|1993||The Joy Luck Club||Waverly|
|1994||Notes on a Scale|
|1995||Four Rooms||Wife||Segment "The Misbehavers"|
|1997||The Killing Jar||Diane Sanford|
|1998||Living Out Loud||Bob's Wife|
|1999||Life Tastes Good||Julie Sado|
|2000||Betty Anderson||Detective Miyamoto||Short film|
|2003||Day of Independence||Choir Member||Short film|
|2004||The Perfect Party||Mom|
|2004||The Day After Tomorrow||Janet Tokada|
|2005||Gaijin 2: Love Me as I Am||Maria Yamashita Salinas|
|2005||True Love & Minosa Tea||Rebecca Nakasone||Short film|
|2006||Only the Brave||Mary Takata|
|2006||Peace||Sandy Sakai||Short film|
|2007||Pandemic||Melissa Lo||Short film|
|2008||Two Sisters||Shakti||Television film|
|2008||The Eye||Mrs. Cheung|
|2009||Why Am I Doing This?||Donna|
|2010||The Mikado Project||Viola|
|2010||Starlight Inn||Grace Kim||Short film|
|2011||The Charles Kim Show||Herself||Short film|
|2012||White Room: 02B3||Five||Short film|
|2014||Awesome Asian Bad Guys||Tamlyn / Pamlyn (2013)|
|2014||Teacher of the Year||Vivian Lew|
|2014||Operation Marriage||Lee||Short film|
|2016||The Good Neighbor||Heather Cromwell|
|2016||The Unbidden||Lauren Lee|
|2017||Real Artists||Anne Palladon||Short film|
|1987||Tour of Duty||VC Peasant Woman||Episode: "Sitting Ducks"|
|1987–1988||Santa Barbara||Lily Murakami, Ming Li||31 episodes|
|1988||Hiroshima Maiden||Miyeko Matsuda||Television film|
|1988||To Heal a Nation||Maya Ying Lin||Television film|
|1989||The Karate Kid||Additional Characters (voices)||Episode: "My Brother's Keeper"|
|1992||Quantum Leap||Tamlyn Matsuda||Episode: "Temptation Eyes - February 1, 1987"|
|1992||Raven||Kim Tanaka||Episode: "Return of the Black Dragon"|
|1993||Babylon 5: The Gathering||Lt. Cmdr. Laurel Takashima||Television film|
|1994||Time Trax||Toshi||Episode: "Return of the Yakuza"|
|1994||Vanishing Son II||Lanchi||Television film|
|1994||One West Waikiki||Taylor Chun||Episode: "'Til Death Do Us Part"|
|1994||Highlander: The Series||Midori Koto||Episode: "The Samurai"|
|1994||Living Single||Mary||Episode: "Bristle While You Work"|
|1994||Vanishing Son IV||Lanchi||Television film|
|1994||Murder, She Wrote||Det. Sharon Matsumoto||Episode: "Death in Hawaii"|
|1995||Vanishing Son||Lan Chi||Episode: "Single Flame"|
|1995||Sisters||Kiri Adams||2 episodes|
|1996, 1998||Chicago Hope||Tina - Sutton's Ex #3, Jennifer Watanabe||2 episodes|
|1996–1997||The Burning Zone||Dr. Kimberly Shiroma||11 episodes|
|1997||The Sentinel||Suzane Tomaki||Episode: "Smart Alec"|
|1997||Raven: Return of the Black Dragons||Kim Tanaka||Television film|
|1999||Seven Days||Michelle||Episode: "Walter"|
|1999||Will & Grace||Naomi||Episode: "I Never Promised You an Olive Garden"|
|1999||The Last Man on Planet Earth||Agent Kara Hastings||Television film|
|2000||Runaway Virus||Monique Chao||Television film|
|2000||Nash Bridges||Amy Chin||2 episodes|
|2000||The Michael Richards Show||Ming||Episode: "USA Toy"|
|2001||FreakyLinks||Emma Reed||Episode: "Subject: The Final Word"|
|2001||Walking Shadow||Rikki Wu||Television film|
|2001||Providence||Mary Cassidy||Episode: "Civil Unrest"|
|2001||Crossing Jordan||Dr. Grace Yakura||3 episodes|
|2002||The Shield||Wanda Higoshi||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2002||For the People||Dr. Chaney||Episode: "Come Blow Your Whistle"|
|2002–2003||JAG||Lt. Cmdr. Tracy Manetti||7 episodes|
|2002–2003||24||Jenny Dodge||5 episodes|
|2003||The Agency||Elizabeth—Female Kidnapper||2 episodes|
|2003||Threat Matrix||Special Agent Nicole Hill||Episode: "Under the Gun"|
|2004||Strong Medicine||Dr. Nash||Episode: "Goodbye/Rest in Peace"|
|2004–2005||North Shore||Xiao||2 episodes|
|2005||Jane Doe: Now You See It, Now You Don't||Helen Morrison||Television film|
|2006||Commander in Chief||Randy||Episode: "No Nukes Is Good Nukes"|
|2006||Stargate SG-1||Shen Xiaoyi||2 episodes|
|2006, 2008||Stargate Atlantis||Shen Xiaoyi||2 episodes|
|2006–2007, 2009||Eureka||Kim Anderson||5 episodes|
|2007||Women's Murder Club||Sachiko Johannes||Episode: "Maybe Baby"|
|2007–2008, 2010||Heroes||Ishi Nakamura||3 episodes|
|2008–2009||General Hospital||Giselle||6 episodes|
|2008||Saving Grace||Tori Chen||Episode: "Have a Seat, Earl"|
|2008||Twenty Good Years||Episode: "Come Fly with Me"|
|2009||Monk||Eileen Hill||Episode: "Mr. Monk Fights City Hall"|
|2009||The Mentalist||Lauri Medina||Episode: "Bloodshot"|
|2009||Criminal Minds||Dr. Linda Kimura||Episode: "Amplification"|
|2009||CSI: Miami||Dr. Sarah Fordham||Episode: "Seeing Red"|
|2009||Private Practice||Katie's Lawyer||Episode: "Strange Bedfellows"|
|2010||Memphis Beat||Noreen Drake||Episode: "I Want to Be Free"|
|2010–2011||Law & Order: LA||Miwako Nishizawa||10 episodes|
|2011||The Chicago Code||Prosecutor||Episode: "Bathhouse & Hinky Dink"|
|2011||The Protector||Katrina||Episode: "Bangs"|
|2012||Days of Our Lives||Dr. Ellen Yu||6 episodes|
|2012||Make It or Break It||Dr. Lim||Episode: "Listen to the Universe"|
|2012||Touch||Kazuko Osugi||Episode: "Gyre, Part 1"|
|2012||Hollywood Heights||Sarah Medeiros||2 episodes|
|2013||Bones||Dr. Alice Crawford||Episode: "The Doll in the Derby"|
|2013||True Blood||Ms. Suzuki||2 episodes|
|2014–2017||Teen Wolf||Noshiko Yukimura||16 episodes|
|2014||Resurrection||Dr. Toni Willis||5 episodes|
|2014–2015||How to Get Away with Murder||Judge Carol Marrow||2 episodes|
|2014||NCIS: Los Angeles||Homeland Secuirty Agent Shana Rollins||Episode: "Leipei"|
|2015||Chasing Life||Dr. Mae Lin||5 episodes|
|2015||Zoo||Minako Oz||Episode: "The Silence of the Cicadas"|
|2016||Berlin Station||Sandra Abe||10 episodes|
|2017–present||The Good Doctor||Allegra Aoki||Main Cast|
|2002||James Bond 007: Nightfire||Makiko Hayashi|
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