Mario Machado was Los Angeles’ first Asian-American anchor, with a career spanning both television and film. He started as a TV anchor in the ’60s and attained international recognition in film.Machado died this weekend from complications of pneumonia, Entertainment Weekly reports.
He was 78 years old and is survived by 4 children.
Machado started on TV as an anchor with CBS (at a time when it was still called KCBS-TV), and went on to play one in huge films like “Scarface,” “RoboCop” and “Rocky III.”
“Mario was very easy to work with and appreciative of good writing and production,” his former producer Joe Saltzman said for KCBS-TV.
For his work as a newscaster, Machado won 8 Emmy Awards, as well as the respect of all his colleagues in the industry.