Sad news, Cinematical readers. Long time Asian-American actor Mako passed away on Friday from esophageal cancer. He was 72 years old, and was active in the industry right up until his death. As a matter of fact, his death came only a day or so after director Kevin Monrue announced Mako would be performing as the voice of ninja sensei Splinter, the giant mutagen-grown rat in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Monrue is directing a new CGI version of the popular franchise, and Mako would have been a fantastic fit.
Mako appeared in many movies, a number of television shows, and had recorded a fair bit of voice acting during his diverse, four decade career. For a full list of his work, which included an Oscar-nominated performance as Po-han in The Sand Pebbles, you can check out his IMDB page. I bet you'll be surprised at just how much he was in, and how many of his works you saw. I know I was, and I'm reasonably familiar with the man. Thanks for everything you gave us, Mako.