Here's what we were able to verify about their marriage and his life.
Noriyuki Pat Morita: June 28, 1932 in Isleton, California.
Source: Almanac of Famous People, 8th ed. Gale Group, 2003.
Died:Pat Morita: According to his wife, Evelyn, Morita's death at age 73 at his home in Las Vegas, on November 24, 2005, was due to natural causes.
However, his daughter Aly said he died at a local hospital due to heart failure. His manager, Arnold Soloway, said that Pat was awaiting a kidney transplant when he died of kidney failure at a local hospital.
Los Angeles, Honolulu, and Las Vegas planned memorial services for Pat Morita. Pat was buried at Palm Green Valley Mortuary and Cemetery in Las Vegas, Nevada.
How Pat and Evelyn Met:
Residence:Pat and Evelyn lived in Las Vegas, just 5 minutes from the Strip. Although they gave up their Ala Moana apartment in Waikiki, they said they still loved Hawaii.
In the early 1960s Pat started his career as a stand up comedian known as The Hip Nip. He performed in nightclubs and bars. His career evolved into being an actor in both films and television. He also did voice over work in animated features and was a screenwriter.
- Erin Morita: Born abt. 1954. Her mother is Kathleen Yamachi.
- Aly Morita: Her mother is Yuki Morita.
- Tia Morita: Her mother is Yuki Morita.
Previous Marriages:Pat Morita had two previous marriages:
- Kathleen Yamachi: Pat's marriage on June 13, 1953 to Kathleen Yamachi was soon after he finished high school. They had one daughter and were married for 14 years before they divorced in 1967. Reportedly his decision to quit his job and become a stand-up comedian destroyed his marriage to Kathleen.
- Yukiye Kitahara: Pat married Yuki on December 28, 1970. They had two daughters. The couple had to deal with several setbacks during their marriage.
- First, their $300,000, uninsured, Tarzana, California home was badly damaged in a mudslide. They and their daughters escaped with just the clothes they were wearing.
- Second, Tia, their youngest daughter, was diagnosed with a kidney disease.
- Third, in 1980, Pat and Yuki separated, and Pat moved to Hawaii. In 1982, they reunited, but later divorced in 1989.
Quotes About the Marriages of Pat Morita:Pat on love: "I dont know of any other creature, outside of pure animal lust, that falls in love and has their heart broken and falls in love again.
Source: "A Conversation with Pat Morita". Homesalerealty.com.
Pat on deciding to be a comedian: "It was absolutely nutty, against the grain of the family, every wrong you could have picked."
Source: "Interview." Detroit Free Press. 01/01/1988.
Charles Goodin, on Pat's first marriage: "So, despite having a good job with security, a four-bedroom home and a wife, child, mother-in-law and three household pets depending on him, he decided that he wanted something more out of life."
Source: Charles C. Goodin. "Noriyuki Pat Morita: In the Footsteps of a Sensei." Furyu.com. 1999. Issue 6.