Monday, April 14, 2014

Actress Tamlyn Tomita

Tamlyn Tomita first came to people's attention as a love interest for Daniel LaRusso (played by Ralph Macchio) in the 1986 sequel to The Karate Kid.

Since then, she has appeared in other movies, such as  the 1993 adaptation of Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club (in which she played the American-born daughter of a Chinese immigrant) and the 2004 climate-change sci-fi disaster flick The Day After Tomorrow (as a meteorologist), but she has also been a ubiquitous presence on various TV shows, playing various one-shot and passing roles in series such as "Quantum Leap" and "The Mentalist."

Fun fact:  Tamlyn Tomita was born on the Japanese island of Okinawa to a Japanese-American father and a part-Filipino mother.  Ironically, Okinawa is where her breakthrough movie The Karate Kid - Part II was set. 

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