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Also Known As: Goro Suzuki Died: January 11, 1979
Born: October 28, 1917 Cause of Death: Throat cancer
Birth Place: Oakland, California, USA Profession: actor, dancer, singer

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A genial, sleepy-eyed character player especially adept at the relaxed wisecrack, Soo is best remembered for his hilarious Detective Sgt. Nick Yemana on one of the best sitcoms of the 1970s, "Barney Miller." His career, though, began three decades earlier, and the actor gradually managed to develop roles which were more than stock ethnic types, whose humor was based on the situations of life rather than the limitations of caricature.

A genial, sleepy-eyed character player especially adept at the relaxed wisecrack, Soo is best remembered for his hilarious Detective Sgt. Nick Yemana on one of the best sitcoms of the 1970s, "Barney Miller." His career, though, began three decades earlier, and the actor gradually managed to develop roles which were more than stock ethnic types, whose humor was based on the situations of life rather than the limitations of caricature.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Return From Witch Mountain (1978) Mr Yokomoto
2.
 She Lives (1973) Dr Osikawa
3.
 The Green Berets (1968) Colonel Cai
4.
 Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967) Oriental #1
5.
 The Oscar (1966) Sam
6.
 Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed? (1963) Yoshimi Hiroti
7.
 Flower Drum Song (1961) Sammy Fong
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Interned in a camp for Japanese-Americans in Utah during WWII
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Performed stand-up comedy on a nightclub circuit in the Midwest in the late 1940s; first met Danny Arnold, who would later produce the TV series, "Barney Miller"
1958:
Career breakthrough, playing in "Flower Drum Song" on Broadway
1961:
Feature film debut, "Flower Drum Song", recreating his stage role of Sammy Fong
1964:
Played Rockwell "Rocky" Sin on the ABC comedy series, "Valentine's Day"
1968:
Last film for a decade, "The Green Berets"
1969:
First TV-movie, "The Monk"
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Played recurring role of Woody Yamada on the NBC sitcom, "The Jimmy Stewart Show"
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Played Sergeant Nick Yemana on the ABC sitcom, "Barney Miller" up until his death
1978:
Returned to features for his last film credit, "Return from Witch Mountain"
1979:
Retrospective episode of "Barney Miller", done as a tribute to Soo and which included many of his character Nick Yemana's finest moments, aired on May 17, several months after the actor's death
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Notes

"I've quit this business a hundred times, and as soon as I do, the phone rings. Maybe it's because I am, seriously, one of a kind in this industry. That's not braggadocio; there's no one of my race who's doing what I do--making people laugh without using either dirty or heavily ethnic routines." --Jack Soo, during the run of "Barney Miller"

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