Mario Machado Dead: Scarface Actor Dies at 78

Celebrity News May. 6, 2013 AT 2:45PM
Mario Machado (seen here in RoboCop 3) died May 4, 2013. Mario Machado (seen here in RoboCop 3) died May 4, 2013.

Mario Machado, L.A.'s first-ever Asian-American newscaster and an actor in movies including Scarface and Robocop, died Saturday, May 4. He was 78.

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His daughter Michelle told the Los Angeles Times that her father had passed away from complications of pneumonia at a convalescent facility in West Hills, Calif. He had also suffered for some time with Parkinson's disease.

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Born in April 1935 in Shanghai, China, Machado first made his mark as a news anchor at local stations including KNXT and KCBS-TV in the 1960s. His work as a producer and a reporter earned him 10 Emmy Award nominations and eight wins. A former soccer player, he also covered the North American Soccer League for CBS and hosted the show Star Soccer from England on PBS.

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In the 1970s, '80s, and '90s, he added several acting credits to his resume, appearing in movies including Rocky III, Scarface, and St. Elmo's Fire. He also had a well-known role as Casey Wong in the RoboCop franchise.

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