Clyde Kusatsu
Hawaii,[1] U.S.
OccupationActor, trade unionist
Years active1973–present
Spouse(s)Gayle Kusatsu (1976-present)

Clyde Kusatsu is an American actor and trade union leader of Japanese descent.[1] Since 2013, he has served as the National Vice President of SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles Local.[2]

Life and career

Clyde Kusatsu was born in Hawaii and attended Iolani School where he began acting and in Honolulu summer stock. After graduating with a theatre degree from Northwestern University, he started to make his mark on the small screen in the mid-1970s, and got his first TV role on Kung Fu where he also guested for four episodes during its run. M*A*S*H was another show early in his career where he was cast in three roles in four episodes during its run. With his quiet, wry line delivery, Kusatsu made a memorable debut and hilarious sparring partner to Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor) as Rev. Chong on several episodes of All in the Family. During this period Kusatsu was also a member of East West Players, the oldest Asian-American theatre company in Los Angeles.

Kusatsu has been a regular on several television series, beginning with Bring 'Em Back Alive on CBS (1982–83) and the Hawaii-set medical drama Island Son on CBS(1989–90), playing the Richard Chamberlain character's best friend, Dr. Kenji Fushida. His many television movies have included the film adaptation of Farewell to Manzanar (1976) about Japanese-American internment during World War II. (Kusatsu also guest-starred on an episode of Lou Grant about Japanese internment in the U.S.). Other television films and mini-series have been "And The Sea Will Tell", and "American Tragedy" playing Judge Lance Ito. He had a memorable role in the Baa Baa Black Sheep episode "Prisoners of War" as a downed Japanese fighter pilot in the Pacific (1976); Golden Land (1988), a Hollywood-set drama based on a William Faulkner story; and the AIDS docudrama And the Band Played On (1993). Kusatsu also had a recurring role as Vice Admiral Nakamura on Star Trek: The Next Generation. In comedy he also portrayed Principal Shimata in several episodes of the 1990s ABC situation comedy Family Matters, the usual foil of that series' main protagonist Steve Urkel. He later starred in Margaret Cho's short-lived ABC series All American Girl (1994–1995), the first Asian-American family sitcom in the U.S.

In films, he has worked with Toshiro Mifune in Midway (1976) and again in John Frankenheimer's Black Sunday (1977) and The Challenge (1981). Kusatsu had roles in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993), In the Line of Fire (1993), and in American Pie (1999). Other recent films have been Shopgirl as Mr. Agasa, and in Sydney Pollack's The Interpreter (2005) as Lee Wu, chief of security for the United Nations Headquarters. He also had a pivotal role opposite Glenn Close in Bruce Beresford's World War II drama Paradise Road (1997).

In the world of daytime dramas he had the recurring role of Dr. Dennis Okamura on The Young and the Restless on CBS as well as guest appearances on The Bold and Beautiful, General Hospital, and Days of Our Lives. He also appeared as four different characters on Magnum, P.I., including the Vietnamese Colonel Ki character who severely wounds Thomas Magnum (Tom Selleck), and in another two episodes he irritated Magnum with his John Wayne impression as HPD Detective Gordon Katsumoto, the role that was created for him.[citation needed] Interestingly, in the reboot of the same TV series this role is now played by Tim Kang. For Science fiction fandom, in the CBS Movie of the Week, he was the original Wong in "Dr. Strange" (1978). Kusatsu has, in effect, become one of the most recognizable actors in the television and film industry whenever an ethnic character is needed.

In 2012 the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Actors (AFTRA), the two labor unions for actors, merged into SAG-AFTRA, and in 2013 Kusatsu became the first elected President of the new SAG-AFTRA local chapter in Los Angeles. At their convention, he was also elected the first National Vice President Los Angeles and was re-elected to that office in 2019. He continues to act, most recently in The Grinder and as the father-in-law to Ken Jeong's character in Dr. Ken, as well as continuing his career in film, commercials, and voice-over animation, such as The Grocer in Curious George. Most recently Kusatsu guest-starred on the second season of Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story.



Year Title Role Notes
1974 Airport 1975 Passenger Uncredited
1976 Alex & the Gypsy X-Ray Technician
Midway Commander Watanabe Yasumasa
1977 Black Sunday Freighter Captain
Oh, God! Supermarket Employee Uncredited
The Choirboys Francis Tanaguchi
1978 Go Tell the Spartans Colonel Minh
1979 The Frisco Kid Mr. Ping
Meteor Yamashiro
1981 ...All the Marbles Clyde Yamashito
1982 The Challenge Go
Lookin' to Get Out Parking Attendant
1984 Gimme an 'F' Japanese Businessman
1985 Volunteers Souvanna
1986 Shanghai Surprise Joe Go
1989 Turner & Hooch Kevin Williams
Wired Thomas Noguchi
Gross Anatomy Interviewing Professor
1990 Bird on a Wire Mr. Takawaki
1991 The Perfect Weapon Detective Wong
Pizza Man Yasuhiro Nakasone
1993 Silent Cries Saburo Saigo
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story History Teacher
Hot Shots! Part Deux Prime Minister Soto Uncredited
Made in America Bob Takashima
In the Line of Fire Jack Okura
Rising Sun Shoji Tanaka
Dream Lover Judge Kurita
1995 Top Dog Ken Callahan
1996 Spy Hard Noggin
1997 Paradise Road Sergeant "The Snake" Tomiashi
1998 Godzilla Japanese Tanker Skipper
1999 American Pie English Teacher
2001 Recess: School's Out Mr. Yamashiro (voice)
Dr. Dolittle 2 Bee (voice)
2002 A Ribbon of Dreams Fred
2003 The Singing Detective Japanese Doctor
The United States of Leland Judge
Bachelorman Mr. Yi
Hollywood Homicide Coroner Chung
2004 Gas Mr. Sang
Paparazzi Dr. Hanson
2005 Pretty Persuasion Judge Carl Munro
The Interpreter Police Chief Lee Wu
Extreme Dating Joe
Shopgirl Mr. Agasa
Rumor Has It Conference Attendee
2007 Drive-Thru Fred Fukizaki
Broken Angel Dondi
2008 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Mr. Lee
2009 Love Happens Cab Driver
Why Am I Doing This? Himself
2010 Sex Tax: Based on a True Story Judge
A Nanny for Christmas Mr. Halligan
2012 Any Day Now Dr. Nakahura
2013 The Face of Love Sushi Chef
The Moment Dr. Nunakawa
47 Ronin Drunk Official
2017 Kong: Skull Island USAF Colonel Uncredited


Year Title Role Notes
1973-74 Kung Fu Lama Campo Kushog / Han Su Lok / Po San / Ying's Son 5 episodes
1973-82 M*A*S*H Kwang Duk / Capt. Paul Yamato / Sgt. Michael Yee 4 episodes
1974 Tenafly Airline Attendant Episode: "Man Running"
Ironside Parking Attendant Episode: "Friend or Foe"
Get Christie Love! Police Sketch Artist Episode: "Deadly Betrayal"
Mannix Japanese Attache Episode: "Enter Tami Okada"
1975 Harry O Coroner Episode: "The Acolyte"
Ellery Queen Mateo Episode: "The Adventure of the Blunt Instrument"
1976 The Blue Knight Eng Episode: "The Great Wall of Chinatown"
Farewell to Manzanar Teddy Wakatsuki Television film
Spencer's Pilots Jesse Episode: "The Code"
Delvecchio Examiner Episode: "Board of Rights"
Alice Herb Tanaguchi Episode: "Mother-in-Law: Part 1"
Baa Baa Black Sheep Captain Tenyu Araki Episode: "Prisoners of War"
Hawaii Five-O Jerry Quan Episode: "Yes, My Deadly Daughter"
1976-78 All in the Family Reverend Chong 3 episodes
1977 Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected Kenji Episode: "The Mask of Adonis"
The Rockford Files Nguyen Episode: "New Life, Old Dragons"
1977-81 Quincy, M.E. Dr. Randolph Mitzubi / Hokaido 2 episodes
1977-82 Lou Grant Ken Watanabe / Ralph Tumora 2 episodes
1978 Dr. Strange Wong Television film
Taxi Paul Episode: "Come as You Aren't"
1979 Supertrain Shimaju Fukuda Episode: "The Green Girl"
1980 Hello, Larry Hotel Clerk Episode: "The Rock Star: Part 2"
A Perfect Match Dr. Tommy Chang Television film
Benson Stan Episode: "Thick as Thieves"
1980-87 Magnum, P.I. Detective Gordon Katsumoto / Dr. Long Tang / Colonel Ki / Colonel Ky in Flashback / Naval Medical Examiner 8 episodes
1981 Knots Landing Dr. Akura 2 episodes
1982 The Powers of Matthew Star Lee Episode: "Experiments"
1982-83 Bring 'Em Back Alive Ali 14 episodes
1982-84 Simon & Simon Mr. Tao / Gerald 2 episodes
1983 We Got It Made Marcel Episode: "Mickey Goes Topless"
Webster Doctor Episode: "Travis"
Masquerade Sushi Episode: "Girls for Sale"
1984 Velvet Doctor Yashima Television film
Cagney & Lacey Raulino Episode: "Unusual Occurrence"
Crazy Like a Fox Nick Episode: "Pilot"
1985 Three's a Crowd Mr. Katsumura Episode: "A Case of Sour Grapes"
Dallas Dr. Albert Matsuda Episode: "Bail Out"
T. J. Hooker Tran Tam Episode: "Outcall"
Hunter Detective Lieutenant Raymond Lau Episode: "Night of the Dragons"
Jem (voice) Episode: "Battle of the Bands"
1985-86 MacGyver Sam / Anek 2 episodes
1986 Remington Steele San Francisco Episode: "Steele, Inc."
The Fall Guy Billy Lok Episode: "Trial by Fire"
Trapper John, M.D. Dr. Sung Kang Episode: "Heart and Seoul"
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Detective Episode: "The Creeper"
Intimate Encounters Professor Ikeda Television film
Together We Stand Chao Episode: "Betrothal"
ALF Skydiver Episode: "Jump"
1987 Dynasty Dr. Chen Episode: "A Love Remembered"
Shell Game Daniel Cho Episode: "Pai Gow"
Sidekicks Dr. Tosh Episode: "The Patusani Always Rings Twice"
L.A. Law Judge T.S. Masuoka Episode: "Sparky Brackman R.I.P. ????-1987"
Stingray Attending Surgeon Episode: "Anytime, Anywhere"
The Highwayman Chairman Morotana Episode: "The Highwayman"
The Facts of Life Budget Bob Episode: "Down and Out in Malibu: Part 2"
Laguna Heat Coroner Television film
Mistress Miki Television film
1988 Wiseguy Kenneth 'Kenny' Sushia 3 episodes
Tour of Duty LTC Tho Episode: "Angel of Mercy"
Who's the Boss? Kim Lee Episode: "The Two Tonys"
Run Till You Fall Fujimoto Television film
Murphy's Law Derva Episode: "The Room Above the Indian Grocery"
Thirtysomething Dr. Richards Episode: "The Mike Van Dyke Show"
1989 Annie McGuire Ambassador Kukla Episode: "Soft Hearted Annie"
The Hogan Family Sam Matsuda Episode: "Secretarial Poole"
The Road Raiders Shimoto Television film
Small Wonder Mr. Saito Episode: "Thy Neighbor's Wife"
The Smurfs Additional voices Episode: "Smurfs That Time Forgot"
1989-90 Island Son Dr. Kenji Fushida 19 episodes
1989-94 Star Trek: The Next Generation Admiral Tujiro Nakamura 3 episodes
1990 Revealing Evidence: Stalking the Honolulu Strangler Lt. Arioto Television film
Parker Lewis Can't Lose Mr. Loopman Episode: "Pilot"
In the Line of Duty: A Cop for the Killing Matsumo Television film
1991 Dear John Officer #2 Episode: "John and Kirk's Excellent Adventure"
A Different World Kinishiwa Representative Episode: "The Cash Isn't Always Greener"
And the Sea Will Tell Enoki Television film
Good & Evil Tensing Episode: "Pilot"
Lies Before Kisses Lieutenant Hand Television film
Jailbirds Lieutenant Hand Television film
Baby of the Bride Dr. Chang Television film
1991-92 Captain Planet and the Planeteers Dr. Chang (voice) 3 episodes
1991-94 Family Matters Principal Edgar Shimata 3 episodes
1992 The Legend of Prince Valiant Chung Ling-Su (voice) Episode: "The Dawn of Darkness"
Civil Wars Toshio Furukawa Episode: "Denise and De Nuptials"
Raven Ken Tanaka Episode: "Return of the Black Dragon"
Designing Women Lewis Episode: "Trial and Error"
The Streets of Beverly Hills Gudmunssen Television film
1992-99 Beverly Hills, 90210 Coroner / Frank 2 episodes
1993 Class of '96 Professor Ashira Episode: "Midterm Madness"
Sirens Billy Cota Episode: "Everybody Lies"
And the Band Played On Blood Bank Executive Television film
The New Adventures of Superman Public Affairs Officer Episode: "Pilot"
Mighty Max Hanuman (voice) Episode: "The Maxnificent Seven"
1994 The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. Roy Shimamura Episode: "Brooklyn Dodgers"
Deconstructing Sarah Officer Okawa Television film
SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron Islander (voice) Episode: "Volcanus Erupts!/The Origin of Dr. Viper"
All-American Girl Benny Kim 18 episodes
1994-95 Fantastic Four Karnak / Annihilus / Dr. Neville (voice) 4 episodes
1994-97 Walker, Texas Ranger Detective Danny Cho / Dr. Sweeney 2 episodes
1995 Ellen Judge Mitchell Sung Episode: "Three Strikes"
Phantom 2040 Akira (voice) Episode: "Down the Line"
Marker Detective Akida Episode: "Discovery"
The Wayans Bros. Mr. Mitsumoto Episode: "Brazilla vs. Rodney"
Favorite Deadly Sins Saint Peter Television film
1995-99 The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries Mr. Kim / Soh Fishimene (voice) 2 episodes
1996 Maybe This Time Noriyukio Episode: "Break a Leg"
Gargoyles Kai / Dr. Arnada (voice) 2 episodes
Mighty Ducks Tai Quack Do Episode: "Power Play"
Murder One Dr. Yamashita Episode: "Chapter Two, Year Two"
1996-97 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Dr. Zin / Guard (voice) 4 episodes
1997 Touched by an Angel Dr. Robertson Episode: "Forget-Me-Not"
Bruno the Kid Engineer / Chang (voice) 2 episodes
Party of Five Judge Michael A. Katsu Episode: "Past Imperfect"
Total Security Seiji Ingawa Episode: "The Never Bending Story"
Pinky and the Brain Hama / Chef / Doorman (voice) Episode: "Leggo My Ego/Big in Japan"
City Guys Dr. Mortia Episode: "Future Shock"
Extreme Ghostbusters Various characters (voice) 2 episodes
City Guys Dr. Mortia Episode: "Future Shock"
1998 The Closer Ted Kasahara Episode: "Pilot"
Adventures from the Book of Virtues The Rich Man / The Servant (voice) Episode: "Gratitude"
Superman: The Animated Series Dr. Cornell (voice) Episode: "Little Girl Lost: Part II"
Stressed Eric Kanagawa-San (voice) Episode: "Tidy"
Babylon 5: Thirdspace Bill Morishi Television film
The Net Greg Lin Episode: "Kill the Buddha"
Histeria! Hongxi / Peking Man (voice) 2 episodes
Buddy Faro Lt. Wong Episode: "Touched by an Amnesiac"
Chicago Hope Frank Fenton Episode: "Viagra-Vated Assault"
Maggie Assisting Surgeon Episode: "Art History"
Vengeance Unlimited Judge Clyde Kurosawa Episode: "Legalese"
Godzilla: The Series Japanese Border Patrol Agent (voice) Episode: "Competition"
Mickey Mouse Works Additional voices Episode: #1.1"
1998-2002 The Practice Judge Stephen Chin 2 episodes
1999 Rude Awakening Mr. Tranh Episode: "Trude Awakening"
Dharma & Greg Al Episode: "Welcome to the Hotel Calamari"
Any Day Now Judge C. Eastlake Episode: "It's Not You, It's Me"
For Your Love Mr. Sato Episode: "The Couple's Court"
1999-2000 Batman Beyond Mr. Fong / Jimmy Lin / Mr. Tan / Coach (voice) 4 episodes
1999-2002 Providence Pediatrician / Henry Yamada 2 episodes
2000 The West Wing Joe Episode: "Lord John Marbury"
Rugrats Mr. Hasagawa (voice) Episode: "Incredible Shrinking Babies/Miss Manners"
Pepper Ann Mayor Kim (voice) Episode: "The Sellout/The Telltale Fuzzy"
The Pretender Li Ho Episode: "The Agent of Year Zero"
Ally McBeal Dr. Myron Okubo 2 episodes
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Ranger #1 / Warden Yung (voices) 2 episodes
Malcolm in the Middle Ice Cream Man Episode: "Traffic Jam"
American Tragedy Judge Lance Ito Miniseries
JAG Senator Theodore Fujiwara / Capt. Morimoto 2 episodes
2001 The Division Unknown character Episode: "Secrets and Lies"
Max Steel (voice) Episode: "Seraphim"
Citizen Baines Grant Tanaka 4 episodes
The Wild Thornberrys: The Origin of Donnie Sun Bear (voice) Television film
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Japanese Scientist / Japanese Business Guy (voices) Episode: "Smell of Vengeance: Part 1/Fiend Is Like Friend Without the 'r'/Smell of Vengeance: Part 2"
Jackie Chan Adventures Gang Leader (voice) Episode: "Mother of All Battles"
Heavy Gear: The Animated Series Kusunoki Tachi (voice) 5 episodes
Justice League Japanese Ambassador / Asian Technician (voices) Episode: "Secret Origins"
Family Law Judge Paul Hamawaki 2 episodes
2001-03 Samurai Jack Father / Old Man / Dad / Grand Master (voices) 3 episodes
2002 Even Stevens Tex Nagita Episode: "The King Sloppy"
Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future Dagg / Ling / Equinox (voices) 3 episodes
2003 Days of Our Lives Nobu Episode: "#9569"
What's New, Scooby-Doo? Dr. Akira Onodera / Fisherman / Desk Clerk (voices) Episode: "Big Appetite in Little Tokyo"
Nip/Tuck Dr. Hiroshi Episode: "Adelle Coffin"
The Lyon's Den Judge Episode: "Ex"
One on One Yoon Episode: "East Meets East Coast"
2003-05 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Mr. Wong / Bald Tourist / Luau Host / Mayor Kim (voices) 7 episodes
2004 Everwood Edward Ogawa Episode: "Your Future Awaits"
The Librarian: Quest for the Spear Head Monk Television film
Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama Nakasumi (voice) Television film
2004-06 Still Standing Johnny 3 episodes
2005 The Closer Dr. Tanaka Episode: "Pilot"
Strong Medicine Dr. Stan Liem Episode: "Rhythm of the Heart"
Avatar: The Last Airbender Monk Pasang / Calm Man / Storyteller (voices) 4 episodes
Numbers Antiquities Dealer Episode: "Bones of Contention"
2006 Charmed Lo Pan Episode: "12 Angry Zen"
Monk Judge Rienzo Episode: "Mr. Monk Gets Jury Duty"
Maya & Miguel Maggie's Dad (voice) Episode: "After School"
Hellboy: Sword of Storms Additional voices Television film
Shark Judge Chudacoff Episode: "Déjà Vu All Over Again"
Boston Legal Judge Matsumura 2 episodes
2006-07 Eloise: The Animated Series Mr. Takahashi (voice) 4 episodes
2006-09 Curious George The Grocer (voice) 6 episodes
2006-12 The Young and the Restless Dr. Dennis Okamura 27 episodes
2007 Pandemic Dr. Kenji Ito Miniseries
ER Review Board Doctor #1 Episode: "Dying is Easy"
A.T.O.M. Master Kwan (voice) 2 episodes
Fugly Doctor Television film
2008 The Spectacular Spider-Man Ted Twaki / Car Salesman (voices) Episode: "Reaction"
Chuck Morimoto Episode: "Chuck Versus Tom Sawyer"
2009 Back at the Barnyard Wise One (voice) Episode: "Pig Amok/Sun Cow"
The Secret Saturdays Chong (voice) Episode: "Curse of the Stolen Tiger"
Dollhouse Dr. Makido Episode: "Belonging"
Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas The Grocer (voice) Television film
2009-16 NCIS Mr. Rin / Benjamin Franklin 2 episodes
2010-11 Law & Order: LA Judge Bradley Rumford 2 episodes
2010-12 The Bold and the Beautiful Judge Clayton 4 episodes
2011 $h*! My Dad Says Mortimer Foo Episode: "The Better Father"
Hawaii Five-0 Judge Kamalei Episode: "Loa Aloh"
Fairly Legal Joseph Chang Episode: "My Best Friend's Prenup"
2011-15 The Penguins of Madagascar Shingen (voice) 2 episodes
2012 New Girl Judge Episode: "Jess & Julia"
The Legend of Korra Additional voices Episode: "The Voice in the Night"
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Picnicker (voice) Episode: "Heart of Evil"
2013 Ben and Kate Mr. Su Episode: "Father-Daughter Dance"
Franklin & Bash Judge Marcus Koh Episode: "Out of the Blue"
Raising Hope Mr. Lee Episode: "Burt Bucks"
2015 General Hospital Judge Chan Episode: "#13256"
Major Lazer Store Owner (voice) Episode: "Fizzy Fever"
The Grinder Joseph Yao Episode: "Giving Thanks, Getting Justice"
2015-16 Dr. Ken Jerry 2 episodes
2016 24: Legacy Senator Episode: "12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m."
2017 Doubt Dr. Benjamin Lau Episode: "Then and Now"
Madam Secretary Choden Gyatso Episode: "Swept Away"
Be Cool, Scooby-Doo Mr. Kagawa (voice) Episode: "The Curse of Kaniaku"
Dice Judge Smith Episode: "The Trial"
2018 Designated Survivor Japanese Finance Minister Omono Episode: "In the Dark"
The Cool Kids Norman Episode: "Thanksgiving at Murray's"
2019 The Lion Guard Domog (voice) Episode: "Ghost of the Mountain"

Video Games

Year Title Role
2007 Driver '76 Mr. Zhou[3]
2007 Spider-Man 3 Dragon Tail Leader / Additional Voices


  1. ^ a b "Clyde Kusatsu". The New York Times.
  2. ^ McNary, Dave (October 7, 2017). "SAG-AFTRA Re-Elects Clyde Kusatsu as National VP for Los Angeles". Variety.
  3. ^ Sumo Digital; Ubisoft Reflections. Driver 76. Ubisoft. Scene: Ending credits, 2:32:09 in, Voice Actors.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)