The Hip Nip

A Portrait of Pat Morita

Tom Zimberoff

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Noriyuki “Pat” Morita / ©1980 Tom Zimberoff / All Rights Reserved / May not be copied, altered, or reproduced in any manner whatsoever

He was “The Hip Nip.” That’s how Pat Morita billed himself professionally, and that’s how he introduced himself personally. So don’t be offended; it was his shtick.

In addition to standup comedy, Pat gained fame for playing Matsuo Takahashi — Arnold — on TV’s Happy Days and, later, Mister Miyagi in The Karate Kid on the big screen. He earned an Oscar nomination for the latter…

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