James Shigeta passed away yesterday. I wasn’t sure if I was going to note this, but the A/V Club ran an excellent obit for him that I believe deserves attention.
He was the lead in the film version of “Flower Drum Song”. If you look at his IMDB page, he had bit parts in basically everything during the 1970′s: the original “Mission: Impossible”, “Rockford”, “SWAT”, “Kung Fu”, “Emergency”, “Ironside”, the original “Hawaii 5-0″, etc.
He was perhaps best known (at least to my brother) as Joseph Takagi in the first “Die Hard”.
Also, the NYT is reporting the passing of Theodore VanKirk, the last surviving crew member of the Enola Gay.