"But quote unquote 'Japs ain't funny.' So how am I going to get work as a comedian if 'Japs ain't funny'? I gotta be funny first, but might happen to look like a Japanese guy....I think the best things in life begin from sometimes the worst things in life -- but not without effort, not without hopes and dreams."
About This Interview
In his nearly three-and-a-half hour Archive interview, Pat Morita (1932-2005) talks about his early years, including his childhood internment in a camp in California for Japanese-Americans during World War II. Mr. Morita discusses how he turned to comedy performance at the age of 30, and quickly rose to his television debut on Hollywood Palace. After performing on stage and television, he landed a regular role on Happy Days as Arnold. He talks about appearing on Sanford and Son and speaks fondly of his mentor, the late Redd Foxx. He also recalls his work on the "Karate Kid" feature films and his current life and career. Karen Herman conducted the interview in Las Vegas, NV on October 13, 2000.