Harold Sakata (Harold Sakata)

Harold  Sakata

Actor. A native of Holualoa, Hawaii, he is best remembered for his role as henchman ‘Oddjob’ in the James Bond spy film, “Goldfinger” in 1964. His character’s weapon of choice was a razor-rimmed bowler hat, that could pass for a frisbee. The film also starred German actor Gert Frobe in the title role. Other credits include the films, “Seventeenth Heaven” (1965), “Operation Gold” (1966), “The Poppy Is Also A Flower” (1966), “Dimension 5” (1966), “The Phynx” (1970), “Sarge” (1971), “The Wrestler” (1974), “Impulse” (1974), “Mako: The Jaws Of Death” (1976), “The Happy Hooker Goes To Washington” (1977), “Record City” (1978), “Death Dimension” (1978), “Goin’ Coconuts” (1978), “The Billion Dollar Threat” (1979), “The Ninja Strikes Back” (1982), “Invaders Of The Lost Gold” (1982), and “Mad Mission III: Our Man From Bond Street” (1984), released after his death. On television, Sakata played the role of ‘Cheng’ in the short-lived series, “Highcliffe Manor” in 1979, and that of ‘Ramoo’ in the “Gilligan’s Island” episode, “The Hunter”, which aired on January 16, 1967. He also appeared in “The Amazing Spider-Man”, “Hawaii Five-O”, “The Blue Knight”, “Police Woman”, “The Rockford Files”, “Quincy, M.E.”, and “Kraft Suspense Theatre.” Born Toshiyuki Sakata of Japanese descent, he was also an avid sportsman from a very young age. He became interested in wrestling and won a silver medal in that sport in the light heavyweight division at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, England. He later became a professional wrestler under the name of ‘Tosh Togo,’ and became known for throwing salt in the eyes of his opponent. He was later discovered by James Bond film producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, and went onto the role that made him famous. He passed away from cancer in Honolulu, Hawaii, at the age of 62.

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Born

  • July, 01, 1920
  • USA
  • Hawaii

Died

  • July, 29, 1982
  • USA
  • Hawaii

Cemetery

  • National Memorial Cemetery
  • Hawaii
  • USA

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