Yoshio Yoda, who portrayed Fuji, the sweet-natured Japanese prisoner of conflict befriended by the irreverent gang of American sailors on the middle of the 1962-66 ABC World War II-set sitcom McHale’s Navy, died Jan. 13 in Fullerton, CA. He was 88.

Yoda, who additionally went be the identify James Yoshio Yoda throughout his post-acting profession as an government of Toyota Hawaii, was born in Tokyo and studied regulation at Keio University in Japan earlier than deciding on an appearing profession. After transferring to the United States, Yoda enrolled on the University of Southern California’s movie faculty.

In 1961, when producers for the MGM movie The Horizontal Lieutenant contacted the varsity in search of a younger actor who was bilingual in Japanese and English, the varsity really helpful Yoda. He landed the function, and his efficiency led on to his involvement within the McHale’s Navy sequence and two characteristic movie variations.

As Seaman third Class Fujiwara Takeo Kobiashi, affectionately often known as Fuji by his newfound American associates, Yoda portrayed a deserter from the Imperial Japanese Navy who is kind of adopted by the rules-busting PT-73 crew led by Lieut. Quinton McHale (performed by star Ernest Borgnine). Stationed on the Pacific island base of Taratupa, the crew saved Fuji hidden from the sour-faced by-the-book Capt. Wally Binghamton (Joe Flynn).

After the cancellation of McHale’s Navy in 1966, Yoda appeared in a 1969 episode of Love, American Style earlier than pivoting to a company profession. Prior to his retirement to Fullerton, he was an assistant vice chairman with Toyota Hawaii in Honolulu.

He was predeceased by his son, Edward Yuji Yoda. At Yoda’s request, no providers shall be held.

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