Manu Tupou (1935–2004)

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Manu Tupou was born on January 5, 1935 in Lomaloma, Lau, Fiji. He was an actor and writer, known for Payback (1999), Magnum, P.I. (1980) and The Process (1998). He died on June 5, 2004 in Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

Payback Pawnbroker
Magnum, P.I. Charlie
The Process Writer
A Man Called Horse Yellow Hand


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 1999/I Payback
 1994 The Takeover (Video)
 1994 Love Affair
 1993 Batman: The Animated Series (TV Series)
- The Demon's Quest: Part I (1993) ... Ubu (voice)
 1992 Baywatch (TV Series)
Mitch's Hawaiian Friend
- Big Monday (1992) ... Mitch's Hawaiian Friend
 1991 Bare Essentials (TV Movie)
Emile / Rental Boats
 1990 Circuitry Man
 1990 Murder in Paradise (TV Movie)
 1988 Chief Zabu
Chief Henri Zabu
 1987 Into the Homeland (TV Movie)
 1986 The A-Team (TV Series)
Chief Sikahama
- The Crystal Skull (1986) ... Chief Sikahama
 1986 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
- Jagga the Hunk (1986) ... Jaggawala
 1984 Hawaiian Heat (TV Movie)
 1984 Challenge of the GoBots (TV Series)
Additional Voices (voice)
 1982 Voyagers! (TV Series)
 1982 Tales of the Gold Monkey (TV Series)
- Honor Thy Brother (1982) ... Mapuhe
 1982 Born to the Wind (TV Series)
Cold Maker
 1981 Magnum, P.I. (TV Series)
 1980 Vega$ (TV Series)
Luke Kichi
- Aloha, You're Dead: Part 2 (1980) ... Luke Kichi (as Manu Topu)
- Aloha, You're Dead: Part 1 (1980) ... Luke Kichi
 1980 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Prester John
- Jungle Man/Mary Ann and Miss Sophisticate (1980) ... Prester John
 1979 Barney Miller (TV Series)
Philip Azari
- The Slave (1979) ... Philip Azari
 1979 Operation Petticoat (TV Series)
Chief Mamalaka
- Hail to the Chief (1979) ... Chief Mamalaka
- Don't Drink the Shimbaka! (1979) ... Chief Mamalaka
 1979 Hurricane
 1971-1979 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Eddie Chu / Cappy Pahoa / Nahashi / ...
- The Year of the Horse (1979) ... Eddie Chu
- A Death in the Family (1978) ... Cappy Pahoa
- Ready, Aim..... (1977) ... Nahashi (as Manu Topou)
- The Clock Struck Twelve (1972) ... Abraham Meleha
- A Matter of Mutual Concern (1971) ... Tasi
 1977 Young Dan'l Boone (TV Series)
Running Deer
- The Salt Licks (1977) ... Running Deer
 1976 Police Story (TV Series)
Tom Shazaki
- Thanksgiving (1976) ... Tom Shazaki
 1974 The ABC Afternoon Playbreak (TV Series)
- Heart in Hiding (1974) ... Jascha
 1974 The Castaway Cowboy
 1970 A Man Called Horse
Yellow Hand
 1969 The Extraordinary Seaman
Seaman 1 / C Lightfoot Star
 1966 Hawaii
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Other Works:

Indians (1969). Written by Arthur Kopit. Music by Richard Peaslee. Choreographed by Julie Arenal. Directed by Gene Frankel. Brooks Atkinson Theatre: 13 Oct 1969- 3 Jan 1970 (96 performances + 16 previews). Cast: Stacy Keach (as "Buffalo Bill"), Manu Tupou (as "Sitting Bull") [Broadway debut], Tom Aldredge (as "Senator Logan"), ... See more »

Alternate Names:

Manu Topou | Manu Topu

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Landed his first role in the early 1960s. Manu was in New York on his way to attend college at Oxford, England. During the layover, he read of an audition for the part of a Hawaiian prince in the movie Hawaii (1966). He got the part.

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