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.