|Born||April 3, 1923|
Delta, Colorado, U.S.
|Died||March 4, 2004 (aged 80)|
Culver City, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Miiko Taka (1944-1958)|
After being sent to the Gila River internment camp in Arizona, 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.
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".
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. He also appeared in one episode of Wanted:Dead or Alive"
- The King and I (1956) - Crewman (uncredited)
- Tokyo After Dark (1959) - Reporter (uncredited)
- Battle of the Coral Sea (1959) - Japanese Guard (uncredited)
- Never So Few (1959) - Scout (uncredited)
- The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1960) - Japanese Pilot (uncredited)
- The Great Impostor (1961) - Korean Soldier (uncredited)
- Operation Bottleneck (1961) - Matsu
- Battle at Bloody Beach (1961) - Blanco
- A Majority of One (1961) - Taxi Driver (uncredited)
- Sea Hunt (1961) - Season 4, Episode 17
- The Nun and the Sergeant (1962) - Pak
- PT 109 (1963) - Commander (uncredited)
- McHale's Navy (1964) - Japanese Captain
- Moro Witch Doctor (1964) - Manuel Romblon
- King Rat (1965) - Yoshima
- Walk, Don't Run (1966) - Plainclothesman (uncredited)
- The Sweet and the Bitter (1967) - Dick Kazanami
- Beach Red (1967) - Captain Tanaka
- MASH (1970) - Korean Doctor (uncredited)
- The Games (1970) - Japanese Doctor
- Superchick (1973) - Karate Instructor
- When the North Wind Blows (1974) - Yermak
- Sharks' Treasure (1975) - Ishi
- Midway (1976) - Vice Admiral Boshiro Hosogaya
- Enter the Ninja (1981) - Komori
- Cracking Up (1983) - Japanese Mechanic
- Cannonball Run II (1984) - Japanese Businessman (uncredited)
- Ninja III: The Domination (1984) - Okuda
- Come See the Paradise (1990) - Mr. Ogata
- Beverly Hills Ninja (1997) - Old Japanese Man
- Inconceivable (1998) - Mr. Akiyama (final film role)
- Shearer, John (1997-07-20). "Question?". Chattanooga Free Press. p. A2.
- "Japanese American Internee Data File: Dale Ishimoto". National Archives and Records Administration. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
- Scott, John L. (October 3, 1967). "Japanese Actor No Longer Villain". Los Angeles Times. p. C1.
- 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.
- "Actress Miiko Taka of Movies Wins Divorce". Los Angeles Times. November 18, 1958. p. B1.
- "Miiko Taka Gets Divorce". The New York Times. November 17, 1958.
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