Mako Iwamatsu

Mako Iwamatsu

Date Of Birth: Dec 10, 1933
Birth Place: Kobe, Japan
Date Of Death: Jul 26, 2006
Cause Of Death: esophageal cancer

Popularity: 452nd All Time, 1,091st This Week

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Pioneer of Asian American theater in Los Angeles.

Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Actors Branch).

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THE VOICES OF Mako Iwamatsu

Credits On BTVA: 11 Roles from 9 Titles  [ Only show characters with sound clips ]

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EPA Deane
said at 8:10 AM on Thu Mar 1 2018
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"I'm begging you, Prince Zuko! It's time for you to look inward and begin asking yourself the big questions. Who are YOU, and what do YOU Want?"
said at 7:40 AM on Sun Dec 10 2017
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It was awesome that for the series finale of Samurai Jack, Genndy Tartakovsky used the original series opening narration provided by Mako in order to give him a credit for the series finale. It was awesome and really clever how they wove it in to the episode too.

Greg Baldwin of course did a fantastic job finishing the role that he originally started.

Happy Birthday and RIP Mako Iwamatsu.
said at 9:59 AM on Sun Apr 16 2017
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He was a great talent, and awesome as Aku, Iroh, Happy Cat, and Splinter.

Rest in Peace Mako Iwamatsu.
said at 11:48 PM on Tue Mar 28 2017
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said at 12:40 PM on Wed Mar 15 2017
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An actor who work will not be forgotten with his extraordinary work as Splinter, Aku, and the loveable Uncle Iroh
said at 4:05 PM on Sat Dec 10 2016
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Happy birthday and R.I.P. Mako!
said at 6:22 AM on Sat Dec 10 2016
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Happy Birthday and R.I.P. Mako Iwamatsu!
said at 3:21 AM on Sat Dec 10 2016
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Sick of tea? That's like being sick of breathing. Happy Birthday and R.I.P., Mako Iwamatsu!
said at 9:36 PM on Fri Dec 2 2016
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said at 9:44 AM on Sat Nov 5 2016
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R.I.P. Mako, I will always remember you as Iroh, Aku, and Splinter.
said at 2:02 PM on Thu Dec 10 2015
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Happy Birthday and RIP Mako Iwamatsu!

He had to be one of the greatest actors ever, he had a true presence in all of the roles he had done in his career.

I absolutely loved him as Uncle Iroh in Avatar, the perfect wise old mentor and uncle to Zuko. He had such a great philosophy and was also really funny too. Mako's performance and the characterization too helped make Iroh my favourite character in the show. It's such a shame he died before the show concluded, though somewhat fortunate he passed around the time of the beginning of the third and final season when Iroh took a vow of silence, they managed to find a damn good replacement in the form of Greg Baldwin who carried on his legacy well but I still wish Mako could have finished the show....alas.

He was also fantastic as the evil and hammy Aku and the also wise old Master Splinter.

again it's also a shame he passed and now won't be able to have seen the end of Samurai Jack and finish voicing Aku, I hope whoever his replacement is (most likely Greg Baldwin) will continue Mako's legacy and makes him and us all proud.
said at 9:53 AM on Sat Dec 10 2016
RIP Mako!

Your epic performances as Iroh and Aku will always be remembered.
said at 11:02 AM on Sat Feb 21 2015
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Mako, you were such an awesome voice actor. R.I.P.
said at 8:24 PM on Tue Nov 11 2014
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You did good, Mako. Thanks for everything. We miss you.
said at 11:23 AM on Tue Dec 10 2013
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Happy birthday, Mako. RIP
said at 7:08 PM on Fri Feb 22 2013
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R.I.P Mako
said at 11:41 AM on Fri Jun 22 2012
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I love you, Mako! :D
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42.6% (40 votes)
3.2% (3 votes)
Happy Cat
1.1% (1 vote)
94 Total Votes
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