Image of Mako


1933-12-10 Kobe, Japan

Image of Mako


Mako was born in Kobe, Japan, the son of noted children's book author and illustrator Taro Yashima. His parents moved to the United States when he was a small child. He joined them there after World War II, in 1949, joining the military in the 1950s. He became a naturalized American citizen in 1956. When Mako first joined his parents in the USA, he studied architecture. During his military service, he discovered his theatrical talent, and trained at the Pasadena Community Playhouse. Mako was married to actress Shizuko Hoshi with whom he had two daughters (both are actresses) and three grandchildren.


Rise: Blood Hunter Poe 2007-04-28
TMNT Splinter (voice) 2007-03-23
The Slanted Screen Himself 2006-01-03
Cages 2005-10-07
Memoirs of a Geisha Sakamoto 2005-12-06
Bulletproof Monk Mr. Kojima 2003-03-28
Cruel Game Straw Hat 2002-11-27
Pearl Harbor Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto 2001-05-21
Samurai Jack: The Premiere Movie Aku 2001-08-10
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie Mr. Yamaguchi (voice) 2000-11-17
Conan Unchained: The Making of 'Conan' The Wizard (archive footage) 2000-05-30
共犯者 1999-04-10
Alegría: An Enchanting Fable Old Momo 1999-01-10
中国の鳥人 Shen 1998-06-10
Seven Years in Tibet Kungo Tsarong 1997-09-12
The Sea Wolf 1997-01-01
Riot Mr. Lee 1997-04-27
Balance of Power Todo Matsumoto 1996-06-25
Sworn to Justice Mr. Young 1996-10-01
Midnight Man Buun Som 1995-05-09
Crying Freeman Shido Shimazaki 1995-04-23
Highlander III: The Sorcerer Nakano 1994-11-29
Red Sun Rising Buntoro Iga 1994-09-01
A Dangerous Place Sensei 1994-11-14
Rising Sun Yoshida-san 1993-07-30
RoboCop 3 Kanemitsu 1993-01-21
Nightingale Narrator (voice) 1992-10-04
My Samurai 1992-01-01
Sidekicks Mr. Lee 1992-12-17
The Perfect Weapon Kim 1991-03-15
ストロベリーロード Frank Machida 1991-04-27
Taking Care of Business Mr. Sakamoto 1990-08-16
Fatal Mission Trang 1990-07-25
Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes Sgt. Moritaki 1990-08-06
Murder in Paradise Capt. Kilalo 1990-01-19
Pacific Heights Toshio Watanabe 1990-09-28
An Unremarkable Life Max Chin 1989-10-12
The Wash Nobu Matsumoto 1988-08-17
Tucker: The Man and His Dream Jimmy 1988-08-12
Silent Assassins Oyama 1988-05-18
Armed Response Akira Tanaka 1986-10-01
Behind Enemy Lines Capt. Vinh 1986-04-01
Kung Fu The Movie The Manchu 1986-02-01
Conan the Destroyer Akiro 'The Wizard' 1984-06-29
Hawaiian Heat Maj. Taro Oshira 1984-09-14
The Last Ninja Aitaro Sakura 1983-07-07
Testament Mike 1983-11-04
Girls of the White Orchid Mori 1983-11-28
The Nightingale Gardener / Minister 1983-05-10
Conan the Barbarian The Wizard / Narrator 1982-04-02
The Bushido Blade Enjiro 1981-06-19
Under the Rainbow Nakomuri 1981-07-31
An Eye for an Eye James Chan 1981-08-14
The Big Brawl Herbert 1980-08-18
Hito Hata: Raise the Banner Oda 1980-12-06
When Hell Was in Session Maj. Bai 1979-10-08
Pacific Overtures Reciter/Shogun/Jonathan Goble 1976-09-06
Farewell to Manzanar Fukimoto 1976-03-11
The Killer Elite Yuen Chung 1975-12-19
Prisoners Sgt. Nguyen 1975-07-01
Judge Dee and the Monastery Murders Tao Gan 1974-12-29
The Green Hornet Low Sing 1974-03-21
The Island at the Top of the World Oomiak 1974-12-16
Yokahama Mama Rooster (voice) 1972-12-24
If Tomorrow Comes Tadashi 1971-12-07
沈黙 SILENCE Kichijiro 1971-11-13
Fools Psychiatrist 1970-12-23
The Challenge Yuro 1970-02-10
The Hawaiians Mun Ki 1970-06-17
The Great Bank Robbery Secret Agent Fong 1969-06-24
The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell Calvin Coolidge Ishimura 1968-05-08
The Sand Pebbles Po-han 1966-12-20
The Ugly Dachshund Kenji 1966-02-16
McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force Japanese Submarine Captain (uncredited) 1965-07-09
Never So Few Soldier in Hospital 1959-12-07