You may remember Noriyuki (Pat) Morita best as Matsuo Takahashi ("Arnold" to his friends), the malt-shop owner who bought the name along with the restaurant on television's "Happy Days" or as Mr. Kesuke Miyagi, the wax on, wax off sensei in the "Karate Kid" movies. I remember his later years, when with speaking engagements and projects like "Beyond Barbed Wire" and "Only The Brave", this child of the internment camps worked to bring the story and the dignity of wartime Japanese Americans before his people — Japanese and Otherwise American. (Oh, and Canadian as well. We were no better than our neighbors to the south.)
I'm glad I had a chance to get to know something of the man beyond the wise-cracking comic and the over-the-top characters he often played. But Norrie, we hardly knew ye. Rest well.