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Clyde Kusatsu

Clyde Kusatsu

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    • September 13th, 1948
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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Filmography

Acting (48 Credits)

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2013The Face of Love as Sushi Chef
201347 Ronin as Drunk Official
2009Love Happens as Cab Driver
2006Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms as Additional Voices (voice)
2005The Interpreter as Police Chief Lee Wu
2005Shopgirl as Mr. Agasa
2005Extreme Dating as Joe
2005Rumor Has It... as Conference Attendee
2005Kim Possible: So the Drama as Nakasumi (voice)
2005Pretty Persuasion as Judge Carl Munro
2004The Librarian: Quest for the Spear as Head Monk
2004Paparazzi as Dr. Hanson
2003Hollywood Homicide as Coroner Chung
2003The United States of Leland as JudgeWatch Free
2001Recess: School's Out as Mr. Yamashiro (voice)
2001Dr. Dolittle 2 as Bee (voice)
1999American Pie as English Teacher
1998Babylon 5: Thirdspace as Bill Morishi
1998Godzilla as Japanese Tanker Skipper
1997Paradise Road as Sergeant Tomiashi, 'The Snake'
1996Spy Hard as Noggin
1995Top Dog as Capt. Callahan
1994Star Trek: The Next Generation - All Good Things as Adm. Nakamura
1994Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?
1993Rising Sun as Tanaka
1993Made in America as Bob Takashima
1993In the Line of Fire as Jack Okura
1993Dream Lover as Judge Kurita
1993Dragon as History Teacher
1991The Perfect Weapon as Detective Wong
1990Bird on a Wire as Mr. Takawaki
1990Captain Planet and the Planeteers
1989Gross Anatomy as Interviewing Professor
1989Wired as Coroner Thomas Noguchi
1989Turner & Hooch as Kevin Williams
1986Shanghai Surprise as Joe Go
1985Volunteers as Souvanna
1982The Challenge as Go
1982Lookin' to Get Out as Parking Attendant
1981...All the Marbles as Clyde Yamashito
1979The Frisco Kid as Mr. Ping
1979Meteor as Yamashiro
1978Dr. Strange as Wong
1978Go Tell the Spartans as Col. Minh
1977The Choirboys as Francis Tanaguchi
1977Black Sunday as Freighter CaptainWatch Free
1977Oh, God! as Supermarket Employee (uncredited)
1976Midway as Cmdr. Watanabe

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