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Dale Ishimoto

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Years active  1957–1998
Children  Greg Shikata
Spouse  Miiko Taka (m. 1944–1958)
Role  Actor
Name  Dale Ishimoto

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Born  April 3, 1923 (1923-04-03) Delta, Colorado, U.S.
Died  March 4, 2004, Culver City, California, United States
TV shows  Rambo: The Force of Freedom
Movies  Beverly Hills Ninja, Beach Red, Ninja III: The Domination, Midway, King Rat
Similar People  Miiko Taka, Cornel Wilde, Jack Smight, Dennis Dugan, Bryan Forbes

Dale Ishimoto (April 3, 1923 – March 4, 2004) was an American actor of Japanese descent. He was born in Delta, Colorado in 1923 and was raised in Guadalupe, California.


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Military service

After being sent to the Gila River internment camp in Arizona, Ishimoto volunteered to fight in World War II, joining the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. After two years, he was awarded a Purple Heart and given a medical discharge.

Entertainment career

After starting a business in Chicago, he moved back to California, where he grew up, and started his acting career by acting at the Altadena Playhouse. He became a "familiar figure" for playing "villainous Japanese soldiers".

Over the course of his career, he acted in a wide variety of movies, such as a Japanese army captain in Beach Red (1967), a Korean doctor in MASH (1970), a karate instructor in Superchick (1973), and as Vice Admiral Boshiro Hosogaya in Midway (1976).

He became famous in the late 1990s for his appearances in television commercials for Nissan in which he portrayed Yutaka Katayama, the company's former president.

Personal life

Ishimoto married Miiko Taka in Baltimore in 1944, and they had one son and one daughter. They divorced in 1958.


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