Dale Ishimoto

Dale Ishimoto (April 3, 1923 – March 4, 2004) was an American actor of Japanese descent. He was born in Delta, Colorado in 1923 and was raised in Guadalupe, California.[1]

Dale Ishimoto
Born(1923-04-03)April 3, 1923
DiedMarch 4, 2004(2004-03-04) (aged 80)
Years active1957–1998
Spouse(s)Miiko Taka (1944-1958)

Military serviceEdit

After being sent to the Gila River internment camp in Arizona,[2] Ishimoto volunteered to fight in World War II, joining the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. After two years, he was awarded a Purple Heart and given a medical discharge.[3]

Entertainment careerEdit

After starting a business in Chicago, he moved back to California, where he grew up, and started his acting career by acting at the Altadena Playhouse. He became a "familiar figure" for playing "villainous Japanese soldiers".[3]

Over the course of his career, he acted in a wide variety of movies, such as a Japanese army captain in Beach Red (1967), a Korean doctor in MASH (1970), a karate instructor in Superchick (1973), and as Vice Admiral Boshiro Hosogaya in Midway (1976).

He became famous in the late 1990s for his appearances in television commercials for Nissan in which he portrayed Yutaka Katayama, the company's former president.[4] He also appeared in one episode of Wanted:Dead or Alive"

Personal lifeEdit

Ishimoto married Miiko Taka in Baltimore in 1944,[5] and they had one son and one daughter. They divorced in 1958.[6]



  1. ^ Shearer, John (1997-07-20). "Question?". Chattanooga Free Press. p. A2.
  2. ^ "Japanese American Internee Data File: Dale Ishimoto". National Archives and Records Administration. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  3. ^ a b Scott, John L. (October 3, 1967). "Japanese Actor No Longer Villain". Los Angeles Times. p. C1.
  4. ^ Elliot, Stuart (1997-08-14). "Nissan exults over an offbeat campaign, despite flat sales and a debate on ads that 'entertain.'". The New York Times. p. A2.
  5. ^ "Actress Miiko Taka of Movies Wins Divorce". Los Angeles Times. November 18, 1958. p. B1.
  6. ^ "Miiko Taka Gets Divorce". The New York Times. November 17, 1958.

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