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Clyde Kusatsu is a Japanese-American actor and voice actor. He voiced Pasang, the storyteller, the calm man, and additional characters across four episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and later provided an additional voice in one episode of The Legend of Korra.

Avatar: The Last Airbender credits

Pasang

Character information: Pasang

Calm man

Character information: Calm man

Storyteller

Additional voices

The Legend of Korra credits

Additional voices

Selected other credits

Television work

Filmography

Other credits

Biographical information

Personal life

Kusatsu was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he attended Iolani School. He began acting in Honolulu summer stock, and after studying theater at Northwestern University, started to make his mark on the small screen in the mid-1970s. Usually mustachioed, with a dapper, professional air, he has most often played doctors, but his repertoire has included a generous sampling of teachers (usually college professors), businessmen, detectives, church ministers and other intelligent, middle-class types. Kusatsu is married to Gayle Kusatsu; they have two sons, Kevin and Andrew.

Career

Kusatsu has been a regular on several series, but neither the 1982 adventure Bring 'Em Back Alive nor the Hawaiian-set 1989 medical drama Island Son, in which he played one of Richard Chamberlain's colleagues, lasted very long. His many television movie credits include the 1976 film adaptation of Farewell to Manzanar, about Japanese-American internment during World War II, And The Sea Will Tell, and American Tragedy, playing Judge Lance Ito. He had a role in the 1976 "Baa Baa Black Sheep" episode Prisoners of War as a downed Japanese fighter pilot in the Pacific. Kusatsu has also performed in Lou Grant, as a guest star in an episode on Japanese internment in the U.S.; Golden Land, a 1988 Hollywood-set drama based on a William Faulkner story; and the 1993 AIDS drama And the Band Played On. He appeared in four M*A*S*H episodes and later starred in the short-lived mid-1990s ABC series All American Girl, the first familiar East Asian sitcom in the U.S.

Trivia

  • He has played a judge in fourteen different productions and a doctor in at least twenty-four.
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