Mario Machado: News Anchor & ‘RoboCop’ Actor Dies At 78

Tue, May 7, 2013 3:05pm EDT by 1 Comment
Mario Machado Dead
Courtesy of LA Times

So sad. Mario Machado, best known for being LA’s first-ever Asian-American newscaster and notable acting roles in films like ‘Robocop’ and ‘Scarface’, passed away at the age of 78 on May 4.

Mario Machado was born in Shanghai, China in April 1935, and immigrated to the United States in 1956. Mario’s television career began in 1967 when he took an on-air reporter job at KHJ-TV in Los Angeles, making him the first Asian-American news anchor in LA. Throughout his career, Mario earned eight Emmy Awards for his work in television and appeared in many films, often playing a newscaster.

News Anchor & ‘RoboCop’ Actor Mario Machado Dies At 78

Mario’s 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. on May 4. The news anchor also suffered from Parkinson’s Disease.

Mario Machado’s Television Career

After taking his first on-air job at KHJ-TV, Mario accepted a position with KNXT where he became a regular reporter on the nightly newscast of The Big News in 1970. Mario then went on to host the daily news and interview show, Noontime, for seven years during the mid-1970s.

He also hosted Medix, a nationally acclaimed medical investigation show, for eight seasons, which earned him several Emmy nominations and awards for “Outstanding Achievement as Host.”

Mario Machado’s Acting Career

Mario also racked up several acting credits in films including ScarfaceBrian’s SongRocky III, and St.Elmo’s Fire. When Mario wasn’t playing the role of a reporter, he also appeared as himself in several films including Blue ThunderWithout Warning, and An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn.

Most notably, Mario played the reoccurring role of reporter Casey Wong in all three RoboCop films.

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