Yoshio Yoda dies aged 88: McHale’s Navy and Love, American Style actor passes away in California
McHale’s Navy actor Yoshio Yoda has died aged 88, it was announced on Monday.
The beloved actor, who played Takeo Fujiwara in the iconic American television series and two subsequent movies, passed away in Fullerton, California on January 13.
Yoda was born in Tokyo, Japan on March 31, 1934.
He was studying law at Keio University in Japan when he was encouraged to pursue acting by a friend.
Tragic loss: McHale’s Navy actor Yoshio Yoda has died aged 88, it was announced on Monday (pictured 1960s)
Yoda moved to the United States and enrolled in the film school at the University of Southern California in 1958 – eventually graduating with a degree in Cinema Arts.
His road to stardom came when the school was asked for students who were bilingual in Japanese and English – with Yoda then cast in 1962 movie The Horizontal Lieutenant as Sgt. Roy Tada.
The performance led to his casting as Fujii in American sitcom, McHale’s Navy, a role he would play from 1962-1966 across 138 episodes and two movies.
RIP: The beloved actor, who played Takeo Fujiwara in the iconic American television series and two subsequent movies, passed away in Fullerton, California on January 13
Yoda announced that he was to wed Yoko Okazaki, a Japanese fashion model, in June 1964.
After McHale’s Navy ended, he appeared in the 1969 segment of Love American Style, Love and the Letter, and was associate producer on the Golden Globe nominated The Walking Major, in 1971.
After acting, he began going by his middle name of James and worked as an Assistant Vice President of Toyota Hawaii.
He became an American citizen and lived in Honolulu, Hawaii for 15 years.
After retirement he moved to Fullerton, California where he lived until his passing.
Per his request, no services will be held. He was predeceased by his son Edward Yuji Yoda.
iconic: The star is best known his role in the drama alongside Tim Conway and Joe Flynn