Scarface Actor Dies; Mario Machado Was 78

By: Sean Patterson - May 6, 2013

Mario Machado, a Los Angeles TV reporter famous for portraying reporters in movies, has died at the age of 78.

According to a Los Angeles Times report, Machado died at a convalescent facility in the West Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. His daughter stated that he had died from complications of pneumonia, and that he had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

Machado was born in Shanghai in 1935 and was educated in the U.S. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1956 and became a U.S. citizen in 1965. Machado made an name for himself as a TV reporter for local Los Angeles news stations such as KCBS and KNXT in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. He was one of the first Chinese-American on-air news reporters in the U.S. Machado was also the host of Medix, a medical investigation show for which he recieved Emmy Award nominations.

Machado also became famous for playing news reporters in movies. He played the role of Casey Wong in the RoboCop movies, the co-host of the fictional call-in news program Mediabreak. Machado also played the role of a reporter in the movies Brian’s Song, Rocky III, and Scarface. He continued his on-screen appearances into the 90s, when he appeared in an episode of Beverly Hills, 90210 as an awards host.

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  • http://Yahoo Robert S shepherd

    I think they should get rid of every one in the WHIT HOUSE incluiding Obummer. Start all over with people not born with a silver spoon in there mouth. People who know how us tax payers have to live out here. And not give away most of are money to people in other countrys that hate us anyway

    • D-Mizzle

      You are a full-fledge retard! Get a life moron.

    • lola

      President Obama was the son of a single mother who got through Harvard on a Scholarship. He wrote some books that brought in several million dollars but he never had a silver spoon. He was raised by his white grandparents in Hawaii in a regular neighborhood like anybody else. There were no mansions, no maids, no butlers and no silver spoons. He is a President stuck with the problems left to him by one of the worst presidents in our nation’s history. It is obvious you are uneducated and probably poor, so am I. But I did not let that stop me from climbing up out of the ghetto I came from. You are just having a pity party and nobody feels sorry for you. Obviously you are not aware of the reasons we support other countries so just start reading newspapers and history books and perhaps you can figure it out.

      • elreyJones

        Obama is a criminal and leads a government that is nothing but Conquistadors, Bolsheviks, and criminals. Obama is all three. His overspending alone should have landed him in prison years ago. He has bankrupted the nation but is now trying to let foreign invaders take over America. He is a puppet to the international Bolshevik bankers. Obama is a disaster for America and the World. Too many people openly dislike him not for his mulato heritage but simply for the reasons I have stated above. Obama is a criminal. Period.

        • William Smityh


          Go read a book and quit whacking off to Hannity.

        • cindii

          Michael Savage, is that you? LoL!

          • cindii

            That was for elrayjones

          • cindii

            Mr. Machada, rest in peace. Your work and presence will be greatly missed :-(.

        • abby

          must be hard for you fighting NOT to pay more taxes from your wealth. Rather then spewing such pity party comments. You are NOT the solution rather the problem for this country.

    • ReadingisFUNdamental

      I think it would be nice for people to stop criticizing Obama if they can’t even spell. 😀

      • cindii

        Mr. Machado

    • amazed

      I agree with the person that commented on the spelling problem. Maybe they should have had the no child left behind act before this person graduated, if they did. If you feel you could have done better, why not put your money where your mouth is. Being president is not as easy as you think it is.

      • http://Webpronews lover of obama

        Only reason you have aproblem with obama because he is black.
        If you would have paid attention Bush mess it up. Obama trying to clean it up. You are shock a black handsome man won.And he has a pretty wife. The woman looks good. God is telling you he is still in charge. Put the blame where it should
        go. You never accept when you are wrong. so why should now be any different. You took humans and made them to wait on you. But God got the final say. The hell you build is the hell you will live in AMEN

        • david

          IN CASE YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN THE DETAILS! This tells the story, why Bush was so bad at the end of his term. Don’t just skim over this, read it slowly and let it sink in. If in doubt, check it out. The day the democrats took over was not January 22nd 2009, it was actually January 3rd 2007 the day the Democrats took over the House of Representatives and the Senate, at the very start of the 110th Congress. ((((FACT CHECK: ACTUALLY THE DEMS HELD 49 SEATS BUT 2 INDEPENDENTS CAUSUSED WITH THEM). The Democrat Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the first time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995. For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy that everything is “Bush’s Fault”, think about this: January 3rd, 2007 was the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress. At the time: The DOW Jones closed at 12,621..77 The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5% The Unemployment rate was 4.6% George Bush’s Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT MONTHS of JOB GROWTH Remember the day… January 3rd, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee. The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy? BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES! Unemployment… to this CRISIS by (among MANY other things) dumping 5-6 TRILLION Dollars of toxic loans on the economy from YOUR Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac FIASCOES! Bush asked Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Freddie – starting in 2001 because it was financially risky for the US economy. And who took the THIRD highest pay-off from Fannie Mae AND Freddie Mac? OBAMA And who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie? OBAMA and the Democrat Congress So when someone tries to blame Bush.. REMEMBER JANUARY 3rd, 2007…. THE DAY THE DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER!” Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from Congress and the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democrat Party. Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget process for 2008 & 2009 as well as 2010 &2011. In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases. For 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the 2009 budgets. And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete 2009. If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. After that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets. If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself. In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is I inherited a deficit that I voted for and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold since January 20th. There is no way this will be widely publicized, unless each of us sends it on!

  • Lloyd

    Sean….use spell check.

    • Will

      Lloyd, ellipsis have 3 dots not 4. You also used them incorrectly when you should’ve used a comma. Don’t call someone out then make a grammatical error yourself.

  • LM

    What I think is absolutely hilarious is that the average citizen has all these opinions, but none of them are based on fact. The facts cannot be public domain, doesn’t anyone get that, yet? So, anyone who spouts what the President should do or shouldn’t do is merely screaming his or her own ignorance. Until you’re in the Presidential seat, show some support for your country. Obama isn’t half bad as the two Bushes before him. He’s not perfect, but he’s done some pretty good things toward getting us out of the mess he inherited. Instead of addressing what everyone else should do to improve, a better place to start is with yourself.

    • Snake

      Maybe you do not realize SOME of us attend Intel Briefings. Cannot say what we heard but we can voice our knowledgeable opinion what SHOULD have been accomplished. Obombass is the worst ever to sit in the white house – PERIOD!

      • abby

        The hatred spewing people on this board are what a visitor already said… ” a backwoods gun-totin’ dipstick who’d rather put a bullet in you than sit down and talk out differences…or a religious bible-thumper who believes no one else has a right to their beliefs unless it parrots THEIR beliefs… or even worse, a testosterone-filled numb-nuts who believes we should kill everyone who isn’t lilly-white, Christian, Southern or Midwest American and English speaking”.
        Well said and they also claim to be educated and so informed. This is no more then a personal vendetta against the President and a forum to spew hatred.
        Nope, I am not them
        Born and raised into a working class family, emigrant turned US citizen, went to college by babysitting your children, worked in restaurants and cleaned houses to pay for my education. 28 years later I own my business.
        Perhaps he is not the pres we hoped for (no one is) yet he is better then what we had before. I call that progress..
        And now watch them descending on this post

    • Ray Appenzeller

      You are showing your ignorance to many factors involving Obama and his socialist elites. No matter what this incompetent so called president you will stick up for him even though he has been in office for over 4 years now and it is time to stop blaming Bush. Everything is Obama now including more than tripling the debt to almost 21 Trillion dollars by the time he concludes his 2 term. I do not know how you got your head screwed on but it is definitely cross threaded up Obama’s bum so far that you can just taste what he just ate. He has not done one thing that is beneficial nor helping America. He goes overseas or out of the country and tears a new butt hole into America and then comes back proclaiming he is doing all he can for America. This man is a traitor,two faced hypocrite and a liar, he should be impeached and tried for treason! Then exiled to the freaking far side of the moon! He is a cancer and needs to be eradicated!

      • steve

        hey ray, you’re a fucking moron.

      • http://Webpronews lover of obama

        How do you know. You reley on whwt people tell younot facts.Satan is a lier.

    • donald

      have some more kool aid A$$HOLE

  • visitor

    This is just what we need… another blog space where haters, ignorant knee-jerk reactionaries and armchair quarterbacks sit around spewing vitriole at the President.

    If you are not a fan of Obama, that’s fine… but stop using him for a whipping boy. The President doesn’t hold all of the political power.

    The simple fact is that the Congress – both houses – make or break laws in this country.

    Lately, with the corrupt Republican party (NOTHING like the Lincoln-era Republicans who were revered for their actions) deeply influenced by the more corrupt Tea Party movement, they will say or do ANYTHING to keep the President form doing ANYTHING.

    This stubborn mentality is crippling our countgry, and NO ONE is benefitting from their actions.

    At the risk of sounding more like the previous spewers than a voice of reason, I fear that if all of the fringes in this country were in change, the rest of the world would unleash terrorim upon us that would make 9-11 seem like a walk in the park.

    We DO NOT to live by the bullet, impose ourselves on the rest of the world, defeat any and all social programs, etc.

    If tolerance, compromise and communication are signs of a corrupt presidency, then please consider me corrupt.

    I’d rather be that than a backwoods gun-totin’ dipstick who’d rather put a bullet in you than sit down and talk out differences…or a religious bible-thumper who believes no one else has a right to their beliefs unless it parrots THEIR beliefs… or even worse, a testosterone-filled numb-nuts who believes we should kill everyone who isn’t lilly-white, Christian, Southern or Midwest American and English speaking.

    Come on people. If you believe in God as you supposedly do, then you realize it was HIS plan for our differences, NOT ours… and if you’re not part of the solution, THEN YOU’RE PART OF THE PROBLEM!

    • robert campbell

      Visitor you make sense,i love your comment people like you needed to teach wisdom in those fools head when some one make a good comment they are the first one the dislike

    • Michigan

      Totally agree!

  • visitor

    I was so irked by these dim-bulbs responding with such hatred that I didn’t even spell-check all of my typing… despite this, I wish people would get of their high-horse and TRY…just TRY to work together instead of being so damned divisive!

  • maxerfist

    lol this article is about an actor dying. how on earth did obama get brought up, and why are you all still arguing about it?

  • mramerica

    Obama isnt a bad president he just isnt a good one by any means. BTW rest in peace Mario Muchado. Everyone has a right to sound off with their opinion on Obama. I think he has spent too much money and Obamacare is one of the silliest things we as a country have ever done. Im hoping for a better choice on the next presidential ballot. Doesnt matter what he runs as democrat or republican. My hope is he will run on the premise of being a good American man. Thank you !

  • http://yahoo eddie deCordova

    alot of Obama haters on here.i’m no fan of Prez,but he has tried and tried.but GOP since day 1 of Obama’s 1 term have’nt done anything to fix The Country.they are against things that at 1 time were GOP ideas.1 reply stated that Obama should be inpeached,but nothing is stated about Bush#2 and Chaney Administration,responsibility for the DEATHS of USA SOLDIERS.Sen.McConnell said it all when he said,they’ll do everything to make Obama a 1 term Prez,now Obama’s on his 2nd.GOP has to learn that what they want and USA Citizen’s want or 2 completely differant things.GOP needs 2 be voted out of office.

    • robert campbell

      eddie you are so right bro,some of these people making comment are idiot.some of them never take a trip out of the US Bush tell them lie to go to war. then use the country money to fight their own family war. but,at the same time is Obama they hate.the worst fool is on educated fool,you don,t hate the guy that make the mess but you hate the one that try to clean it up lol. where is the love America.bad as Bush was when he was returning to texas he said this work with the president because if he succeed then America succeed this president show that some white American still hate black

      • Tee

        You are correct Mr. Campbell. They can say what they want, but they will find everything they choose to make Obama the enemy and the ONLY reason is because he is Black. I expect no less from white America. One of the reasons why we had to have affirmative action come into play. They did not want us to have any rights in order to live a decent life. I could go on and on with this hate for black America, but I will not. I will say this, one day White American will wish it was a black person next door instead of what is. Now go figure that.

    • wayne

      eddie deCordova either you are the dumbest Mother #$%^&* alive or you have taken too many drinks of the kool aid bro.

      The damocrats had control of the country during obumma’s first term. They had the house, the senate & the WH.

      So, re-direct your question at Nancy, Harry & Barry. Ask them why they couldn’t fix the country. Better yet, ask them what happened to the trillions of dollars that were spent on “ready made” jobs, green energy initiatives, failed policies, etc etc

      You are obviously one of the 47% Mitt talked about. A mooch, who is probably on some sort of government assistance.

      So, STFU. Swipe your EBT card & drink your government (taxpayer) paid for kool aid & continue to for Democrat

  • Chuck D

    Did someone die?

  • Chuck D

    I thought somebody died??? Who???

  • Bob

    Article: Actor Dies

    Comments: Obama sucks.
    No he doesn’t.


  • Blaine Holmes

    He was my favorite actor!

  • Rikki Wear

    I was wondering why this was trending so hard. WTF do any of these comments have to do with the actual article of this actor dying?