Yuji Okumoto

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Actor

Birth Date: April 20, 1959

Age: 65 years old

Birth Place: Los Angeles, California

Japanese-American actor Yuji Okumoto won a number of key roles throughout his early career in the 1980s, including parts in hits "True Believer" and "The Karate Kid, Part II," and has settled nicely into smaller supporting and cameo roles since. Raised in Hollywood, Okumoto fell into acting while at school and afterwards began working with various theater companies in California. His first major screen part came in 1986 as gang leader Chozen in the hit sequel "The Karate Kid, Part II." His charisma and presence in this role helped land him the part of Shu Kai Kim, a young Korean imprisoned for a gangland crime, in the James Woods-Robert Downey Jr. legal-conspiracy thriller "True Believer."

In the early '90s he began to work more in television, notably as Art Nam on the evening soap "Knots Landing." Appearances on prime-time dramas were punctuated by supporting work in some major Hollywood films, including David Fincher's mind-bending thriller "The Game" and Peter Weir's comedy-drama "The Truman Show." This mix of television and small roles in blockbusters continued for Okumoto into the 2000s, with a part in the Michael Bay epic "Pearl Harbor," roles on such sitcoms as "Just Shoot Me!," and a part on the police procedural "Bones," as well as a high-profile role alongside Ken Watanabe in the 2010 corporate-espionage thriller "Inception."

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The Paper Tigers

Actor
Wing
Movie
2020

The Paper Tigers

Producer
Movie
2020

Robot Warriors

Actor
Chou-Sing
Show
2018

Driven

Actor
Judge Takasugi
Movie
2018

Ultra Low

Actor
Yuji
Movie
2018

Ultra Low

Executive Producer
Movie
2018

Beta Test

Actor
The Surgeon
Movie
2016

Seppuku

Actor
Thomas
Movie
2016

Awesome Asian Bad Guys

Actor
Yuji
Movie
2014

GrimmStream

Guest Star
Sheriff Gaffen
Series
2011
89%

New GirlStream

Guest Star
Mr. Yukimura
Series
2011
95%

NCIS: Los AngelesStream

Guest Star
Series
2009

Black Coffee

Actor
David
Movie
2009

The MentalistStream

Guest Star
Series
2008

Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board

Actor
Pete
Movie
2007

The UnitStream

Guest Star
Series
2006
84%

Only the Brave

Actor
Sgt. Yukio "Yuk" Nakajo
Movie
2006

BonesStream

Guest Star
Bruce Takedo
Series
2005
90%

The District

Guest Star
Series
2000

I'll Remember April

Actor
Matsuo Yomma
Movie
2000

Guilty as Charged

Actor
Davis
Movie
2000

Partners

Actor
One Eye
Movie
2000

Johnny Tsunami

Actor
Pete
Movie
1999

Fortress 2: Re-Entry

Actor
Sato
Movie
1999

Martial Law

Guest Star
Series
1998

V.I.P.

Guest Star
Series
1998

Mean Guns

Actor
Hoss
Movie
1997

Kindred: The Embraced

Guest Star
Show
1996

The Sentinel

Guest Star
Series
1996

Blast

Actor
FBI Agent
Movie
1996

JAGStream

Guest Star
Series
1995

Vanishing Son

Guest Star
Show
1995

Hard Justice

Actor
Jimmy Wong
Movie
1995

Blue Tiger

Actor
Lt. Sakagami
Movie
1994

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of SupermanStream

Guest Star
Series
1993
86%

Walker, Texas RangerStream

Guest Star
Series
1993

Robot Wars

Actor
Chou-Sing
Movie
1993

Brain Smasher... A Love Story

Actor
Wu
Movie
1993

American Yakuza

Actor
Kazuo
Movie
1993

Nemesis

Actor
Yoshiro Han
Movie
1992

Murder in Paradise

Actor
Movie
1990

True Believer

Actor
Shu Kai Kim
Movie
1989

Aloha Summer

Actor
Kenzo Konishi
Movie
1988

The Karate Kid Part IIStream

Actor
Chozen
Movie
1986
45%

Murder, She WroteStream

Guest Star
Series
1984

HunterStream

Guest Star
Jimmy
Series
1984

Knots Landing

Guest Star
Series
1979

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