Posts Tagged ‘Pat Morita’

December 7, 1941: A Date Which Still Lives in Infamy

Friday, December 7th, 2012

On December 7, 1941, Japanese warplanes attacked the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The following day, The United States declared war on Japan, ushering in America’s involvement in World War II. Many of our interviewees recalled exactly where they were when they learned of the bombing of Pearl Harbor:

Leonard Nimoy on how he learned of the attack:

Ed McMahon on finding out about the bombing of Pearl Harbor from radio:

In the days after December 7, 1941, the federal government ordered 120,000 Japanese-Americans to leave their homes on the West Coast and enter internment camps. George Takei details his experience as a four-year-old boy, forced to leave his Los Angeles home to travel to multiple camps:

And Pat Morita, at nine years old and in the hospital with spinal tuberculosis, was escorted by FBI agents from the hospital to a relocation camp in Arizona:

December 7, 1941: a date that indeed lives in infamy, not only for marking the beginning of the United States’ involvement in armed combat overseas, but also for initiating a period of grave mistreatment of fellow citizens within our own borders.

Click to watch our full interviews with Leonard Nimoy, Ed McMahon, George Takei, and Pat Morita.

Celebrate Movember with TV Legends’ Best Mustaches!

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

We’re nearing the end of Movember, a month when men around the globe raise funds and awareness for men’s health by seeking sponsors to support their mustache-growing efforts. Funds raised in the U.S. support prostate cancer and other cancers affecting men, and in the process, Mo Bros, as they’re called, sport some pretty fantastic mustaches. Inspired by all of the mustached men around, we’ve assembled the Archive of American Television’s Most Memorable Mustaches:

Host Geraldo Rivera

Actor Roscoe Orman

Actor Dennis Franz

Producer Quincy Jones

Actor Dick Van Dyke

Journalist Walter Conkite

Actor Eric Braeden

Cartoonist, and voice of Snoopy Bill Melendez

Executive Ted Turner

Writer/Show creator Vince Gilligan

Actor Pat Morita

Comic Book Creator Stan Lee

Actor Sherman Hemsley

Host Alex Trebek (although he was clean-shaven for our interview, he certainly had one of of TV’s most memorable mustaches)

To make a donation for Movember, click here.

- by Adrienne Faillace

No Heart Attacks, Please, but “Sanford and Son” is Turning 40!

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Based on the BBC’s Steptoe and Son, Sanford and Son is the creation of producers Bud Yorkin and Norman Lear. Comedian Redd Foxx starred as widower and junk dealer, “Fred G. Sanford,” an Archie Bunker-type curmudgeon, Demond Wilson played his grown son, “Lamont,” and the two lived together and ran the family business in South Central L.A. Fred’s wife had passed away decades before, and his trademark move on the program was to feign a heart attack, grab his chest, and call out, “I’m coming to join you, Elizabeth!” The show aired on NBC from January 14, 1972, to March 25, 1977.

The Archive is honored to have interviewed many of the talented individuals involved with Sanford and Son. Co-creator Norman Lear described to us how he cast the show:

Musician and producer Quincy Jones shared how he composed the show’s theme song:

And actor Pat Morita discussed playing Sanford and Son’s “Ah Chew:”

Learn more about Sanford and Son at our show page.

Watch the intro to Sanford and Son: