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Clyde Kusatsu

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Clyde Kusatsu (born September 13, 1948) is a U.S. actor. Kusatsu was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he attended ʻIolani School. Kusatsu began acting in Honolulu summer stock, and after studying theatre at Northwestern University, started to make his mark on the small screen in the mid-1970s. Usually mustachioed, with a dapper, professional air, he has most often played doctors, but his repertoire has included a generous sampling of teachers (usually college professors), businessmen, detectives, church ministers and other intelligent, middle-class types. With his quiet, wry line delivery, Kusatsu made a memorably clever and hilarious sparring partner for Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor) on several episodes of All in the Family as the Reverend Chong, refusing to baptize Archie's grandson without the permission of the boy's parents. During this period Kusatsu also worked with the Asian American theatre group East West Players in Los Angeles. Kusatsu was subsequently a regular on several series, but neither the adventure Bring 'Em Back Alive (1982–83) nor the Hawaiian-set medical drama Island Son (1989–90) (in which he played one of Richard Chamberlain's colleagues) lasted very long. His many television movies have included the film adaptation of Farewell to Manzanar (1976), about Japanese American internment during World War II. Other M.O.W.s and mini-series have been "And The Sea Will Tell", and "American Tragedy" playing Judge Lance Ito. He had a memorable role in the "Baa Baa Black Sheep" episode "Prisoners of War" as a downed Japanese fighter pilot in the Pacific (1976). (Kusatsu also guest-starred on an episode of Lou Grant on Japanese internment in the U.S.); Golden Land (1988), a Hollywood-set drama based on a William Faulkner story; and the AIDS drama And the Band Played On (1993). He appeared in four M*A*S*H episodes and later starred in the short-lived A.B.C. series All American Girl (1994–1995), the first East Asian familiar sitcom in the U.S. Feature roles, beginning with Midway (1976), have generally been small, but in the 1990s Kusatsu had roles in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993, as a history teacher) and In the Line of Fire (1993, as a Secret Service agent). He appeared as a high school English teacher in American Pie (1999). Other recent films have been "ShopGirl" as Mr. Agasa, and in Sydney Pollack's The Interpreter (2005) as Lee Wu, head of security for the United Nations Headquarters. He currently plays the recurring role of Dr. Dennis Okamura on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless. Kusatsu starred in Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008) as Mr. Lee. Kusatsu is married to Gayle Kusatsu; they have two sons, Kevin and Andrew. Description above from the Wikipedia article Clyde Kusatsu, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


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Born:
Sep 13, 1948 In Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
45
First Appeared:
In the movie Sex Tax: Based on a True Story
Latest Project:
Movie 47 Ronin 2013-12-25
Known For
Filmography
Movie Sex Tax: Based on a True Story Judge 2020
Movie The Face of Love Sushi Chef 2013-10-25
Movie 47 Ronin Drunk Official 2013-12-25
Movie Love Happens Cab Driver 2009-09-18
Movie The Interpreter Police Chief Lee Wu 2005-04-08
Movie Pretty Persuasion Judge Carl Munro 2005-01-22
Movie Extreme Dating Joe 2005-06-23
Movie Rumor Has It... Conference Attendee 2005-12-23
Movie Shopgirl Mr. Agasa 2005-10-21
Movie The Librarian: Quest for the Spear Head Monk 2004-12-05
Movie Hollywood Homicide Coroner Chung 2003-06-09
Movie Recess: School's Out Mr. Yamashiro (voice) 2001-01-27
Movie American Pie English Teacher 1999-07-09
Movie Godzilla Japanese Tanker Skipper 1998-05-20
Movie Babylon 5: Thirdspace Bill Morishi 1998-07-19
Movie Paradise Road Sergeant Tomiashi, 'The Snake' 1997-04-11
Movie Spy Hard Noggin 1996-05-24
Movie Top Dog Capt. Callahan 1995-04-28
Series Murder One 1995-09-20
Series Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? 1994-02-05
Movie Deconstructing Sarah Officer Okawa 1994-12-16
Movie Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story History Teacher 1993-05-07
Movie Silent Cries Saburo Saigo 1993-03-08
Movie In the Line of Fire Jack Okura 1993-07-08
Movie Rising Sun Tanaka 1993-07-30
Movie Dream Lover Judge Kurita 1993-10-24
Movie The Perfect Weapon Detective Wong 1991-03-15
Movie Lies Before Kisses Lieutenant Hand 1991-03-03
Movie Jailbirds Kasaki 1991-05-16
Movie And the Sea Will Tell Enoki 1991-04-24
Movie Bird on a Wire Mr. Takawaki 1990-05-18
Series Captain Planet and the Planeteers 1990-09-15
Movie Wired Coroner Thomas Noguchi 1989-08-25
Movie Gross Anatomy Interviewing Professor 1989-10-20
Movie Shanghai Surprise Joe Go 1986-08-29
Movie Intimate Encounters Professor Ikeda 1986-09-28
Movie Volunteers Souvanna 1985-08-16
Movie The Challenge Go 1982-07-23
Movie Lookin' to Get Out Parking Attendant 1982-10-08
Movie ...All the Marbles Clyde Yamashito 1981-10-16
Movie Meteor Yamashiro 1979-10-19
Movie Go Tell the Spartans Col. Minh 1978-07-12
Movie Dr. Strange Wong 1978-09-06
Movie The Choirboys Francis Tanaguchi 1977-12-23
Movie Farewell to Manzanar Teddy Wakatsuki 1976-03-11
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