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.
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.
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.
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.