Yoshio Yoda, who starred in each episode of ’60s sitcom McHale’s Navy, died Jan. 13. He was 88.
The actor and businessman was born in Tokyo and studied regulation at Keio College earlier than immigrating to the U.S., per an acquaintance’s suggestion that he pursue appearing, in line with his death notice within the Los Angeles Instances. In 1958, he left his research and enrolled within the College of Southern California’s movie college, graduating with a level in cinema arts.
Yoda took the chance to develop into an display screen actor in 1961 when MGM requested the varsity for somebody who was bilingual in English and Japanese. This led to his casting in 1962 conflict movie The Horizontal Lieutenant, which then opened the door to his casting as McHale’s Navy‘s Fuji Kobiaji, a Japanese prisoner of conflict who rose by the ranks.
After McHale’s Navy, Yoda discovered some extra work as an actor and affiliate producer earlier than finally turning into a businessman. Throughout his time in Honolulu, he was Assistant Vice President of Toyota Hawaii. He finally retired and moved to Fullerton, California, the place he lived till his demise.
McHale’s Navy was set on a Pacific island base throughout World Warfare II that starred Ernest Borgnine as Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale. It aired 138 episodes on ABC from 1962 to 1966 and spawned a number of subsequent movies that additionally starred Yoda.
In keeping with Leisure Weekly, Yoda’s demise now leaves actor Bobby Wright, who performed radio operator Willy Moss, because the only surviving cast member.