Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthJanuary 27, 1966
FactTamlyn's father, the late Shiro Tomita, was interned at Manzanar during World War II as a child, and became a Sergeant with the Los Angeles Police Department who helped to form the nation's first Asian task force in 1977.


Who is actress Tamlyn Tomita?

Tamlyn Naomi Tomita was born on 27 January 1966, in Okinawa, Japan, and is an actress and singer, perhaps still best known for making her on-screen debut in the film “The Karate Kid Part II”. She’s since appeared in numerous popular films and television series, including “The Day After Tomorrow”, and “Glee”.

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The Net Worth of Tamlyn Tomita

How rich is Tamlyn Tomita? As of mid-2018, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $3 million, mostly earned through a successful career in acting since 1986. As she continues her career, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.

Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings

While Tamlyn was born in Okinawa, her family later moved to California. Her father was a Japanese-American who was interned at Manzanar, California during World War II. He later joined the Los Angeles police force, becoming a sergeant and forming the first Asian Task force; however, her father passed away in 1990 from cancer. Tamlyn attended Granada Hills High School, and prior to becoming an actress, she was active in various pageants.

She would win the Nisei Week Pageant in Los Angeles and Miss Nikkei International held in 1985. She also tried her hand at singing, signing with the label Polydor and releasing a single as well as an album. While travelling as Queen of Nisei Week to Hawaii, she was selected to be a part of a casting call for “The Karate Kid Part II’ which she won, and the film would become her big break, leading to her starring in a number of independent films.

Later Work

Tomita then had a big role in the film “Come See the Paradise” which was released in 1990, and then became a part of the drama “The Joy Luck Club” in which she starred opposite Ming-Na Wen. She also became a part of the independent film “Picture Bride” and the comedy “Four Rooms”, alongside Antonia Banderas. She would go on with roles in more major Hollywood productions including “The Day After Tomorrow” in the role of Janet Tokada, and she also starred in the Brazilian film “Gaijin 2: Love Me As I Am”.

Aside from her film work, she also made regular appearances on television, appearing in the soap opera “Santa Barbara” as the character Ming Li. She also made guest appearances in numerous popular television shows, such as “Seven Days”, “Quantum Leap”, “Murder, She Wrote”, “The Shield”, and “The Mentalist”. Her career has also had recurring roles in shows such as “How to Get Away with Murder”, “Teen Wolf”, and “Law & Order: Los Angeles”. In 2008, she returned to soap operas with a role in “General Hospital”, and later had a recurring role in “Days of Our Lives”.

Recent Projects

In 2016, Tamlyn was cast in regular role in the series “Berlin Station”, which she appeared in for 10 episodes. The following year she became a star of the medical drama “The Good Doctor”, a medical series based on the 2013 South Korean series of the same name. One of her most recent films is “The Good Neighbor”, a thriller film starring James Caan, and she’s also appeared in a few independent projects, including short films such as “Seppuku” and “real Artists”.

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Relationships and Marriage

Tomita is one of the actresses who prefer to keep their romantic life out of the spotlight, and as such there have been very few confirmed relationships – in 2006, she was rumored to have been together with fellow actor Greg Watanabe who was her co-star in the film “Only the Brave”, but they died down eventually. Recently, her social media pages showed that she is already married and she posts pictures of her as well as her husband regularly on Instagram. While details of her husband and how they met have not been revealed, many see that they are enjoying a happy relationship.

Tamlyn Tomita on Social Media

Similar to numerous actresses and people in the entertainment industry, Tamlyn is very active on social media through Twitter and Facebook. She uses her accounts as a means to promote some of her recent projects, and connect with her fans. She’s been seen appearing at various events, and continues to connect online with cast members from her most popular films including “The Karate Kid Part II”.


Her Facebook page shows several pictures, including photos of her in the past prior to the time she found popularity as an actress. She can also be seen appearing with fellow cast members of her recent projects, including “The Good Doctor”.

General Info

Full NameTamlyn Tomita
Date Of BirthJanuary 27, 1966
Height1.57 m
ProfessionActor, Singer
EducationUniversity of California, Los Angeles

Family

ParentsShiro Tomita, Asako Tomita

Accomplishments

MoviesThe Karate Kid Part II, The Joy Luck Club, The Day After Tomorrow, Come See the Paradise, Four Rooms, Picture Bride, Robot Stories, Life Tastes Good, Babylon 5: The Gathering, Only the Brave, Tekken, The Eye, Vietnam, Texas, Why Am I Doing This?, AWESOME ASIAN BAD GUYS, The Good Neighbor, The Last M...
TV ShowsThe Burning Zone, Berlin Station

Social profile links

Facts

#Fact
1Tamlyn's father, the late Shiro Tomita, was interned at Manzanar during World War II as a child, and became a Sergeant with the Los Angeles Police Department who helped to form the nation's first Asian task force in 1977.
2Is of Filipino and Okinawan descent.
31984 Nisei Week Queen in Los Angeles
4She graduated from Granada Hills High School in Los Angeles and had been majoring in history at UCLA before leaving for show business.
5Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world. [1991]

Pictures

Movies

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
First World Problems2017TV Movie post-production
The Ningyo2017Short post-productionKiyohime Bikuni
The Living Worst2017post-productionCheetah
The Oak Tree and Onigiri2016Short completedMisako
Real Artists2017ShortAnne Palladon
Teen Wolf2014-2017TV SeriesNoshiko Yukimura
Berlin Station2016TV SeriesSandra Abe
Seppuku2016ShortLinda
The Unbidden2016Lauren Lee
The Good Neighbor2016Heather Cromwell
Chasing Life2015TV SeriesDr. Mae Lin
Daddy2015/ISharlene Hong
Zoo2015TV SeriesMinako Oz
How to Get Away with Murder2014-2015TV SeriesJudge Carol Morrow
NCIS: Los Angeles2014TV SeriesHomeland Security Agent Shana Rollins
Resurrection2014TV SeriesDr. Toni Willis
Operation Marriage2014ShortLee
Teacher of the Year2014Vivian Lew
Awesome Asian Bad Guys2014Tamlyn / Pamlyn (2013)
True Blood2013TV SeriesMs. Suzuki
Bones2013TV SeriesDr. Alice Crawford
Hollywood Heights2012TV SeriesSarah Medeiros
Touch2012TV SeriesKazuko Osugi
Glee2011-2012TV SeriesJulia Chang
White Room: 02B32012ShortFive
Days of Our Lives2012TV SeriesDr. Ellen Yu
Make It or Break It2012TV SeriesDr. Lin
The Protector2011TV SeriesKatrina
Law & Order: LA2010-2011TV SeriesMiwako Nishizawa
The Chicago Code2011TV SeriesProsecutor
The Charles Kim Show2011ShortTamlyn Tomita
A Super Duper Exotic Erotic Fetish Sexy Must See Story... A Tragedy of Oriental Proportions!2010ShortHelen
Starlight Inn2010ShortGrace Kim
Nómadas2010/II
Memphis Beat2010TV SeriesNoreen Drake
The Mikado Project2010Viola
Tekken2010Jun Kazama
Heroes2007-2010TV SeriesIshi Nakamura
Private Practice2009TV SeriesKatie's Lawyer
Eureka2006-2009TV SeriesKim Anderson Kim Yamazaki
General Hospital2008-2009TV SeriesGiselle
CSI: Miami2009TV SeriesDr. Sarah Fordham
Criminal Minds2009TV SeriesDr. Linda Kimura
The Mentalist2009TV SeriesLauri Medina
Why Am I Doing This?2009Donna
Monk2009TV SeriesEileen Hill
Stargate: Atlantis2006-2008TV SeriesChinese Ambassador Shen Xiaoyi Shen Xiaoyi
Finding Madison2008Beth
Twenty Good Years2008TV Series
Saving Grace2008TV SeriesTori Chen
The Eye2008Mrs. Cheung
Two Sisters2008TV MovieShakti
Women's Murder Club2007TV SeriesSachiko Johannes
Pandemic2007TV MovieMelissa Lo
Peace2006ShortSandy Sakai
Stargate SG-12006TV SeriesShen Xiaoyi
Only the Brave2006Mary Takata
Commander in Chief2006TV SeriesRandy
True Love & Mimosa Tea2005ShortRebecca Nakasone
Gaijin - Ama-me Como Sou2005Maria Yamashita Salinas
North Shore2004-2005TV SeriesXao
Jane Doe: Now You See It, Now You Don't2005TV MovieHelen Morriston
Strong Medicine2004TV SeriesDr. Nash
The Day After Tomorrow2004Janet Tokada
The Perfect Party2004Mom
Threat Matrix2003TV SeriesSpecial Agent Nicole Hill
Day of Independence2003ShortChoir Member (uncredited)
242002-2003TV SeriesJenny Dodge
The Agency2003TV SeriesElizabeth - Female Kidnapper
JAG2002-2003TV SeriesLt. Cmdr. Tracy Manetti
Robot Stories2003Marcia
007: Nightfire2002Video GameMakiko Hayashi (voice)
For the People2002TV SeriesDr. Chaney
The Shield2002TV SeriesWanda Higoshi
Crossing Jordan2001TV SeriesDr. Grace Yakura
Providence2001TV SeriesMary Cassidy
Walking Shadow2001TV MovieRikki Wu
FreakyLinks2001TV SeriesEmma Reed
Destiny2001TV Movie
The Michael Richards Show2000TV SeriesMing
Nash Bridges2000TV SeriesAmy Chin
Betty Anderson2000ShortDetective Miyamoto
Runaway Virus2000TV MovieMonique Chao
Will & Grace1999TV SeriesNaomi
Seven Days1999TV SeriesMichelle
The Last Man on Planet Earth1999TV MovieAgent Kara Hastings
Life Tastes Good1999Julie Sado
Chicago Hope1996-1998TV SeriesJennifer Watanabe / Tina - Sutton's Ex #3
Living Out Loud1998Bob's Wife
Soundman1998Butch's Wife
Hundred Percent1998Thaise
Raven: Return of the Black Dragons1997TV MovieKim Tanaka
The Sentinel1997TV SeriesSuzanne Tomaki
Touch1997Prosecutor
The Killing Jar1997Diane Sanford
The Burning Zone1996-1997TV SeriesDr. Kimberly Shiroma
Sisters1995TV SeriesKiri Adams
Requiem1995ShortFong
Four Rooms1995Wife (segment "The Misbehavers")
Vanishing Son1995TV SeriesLan Chi
Notes on a Scale1994
Murder, She Wrote1994TV SeriesDet. Sharon Matsumoto
Vanishing Son IV1994TV MovieLanchi
Living Single1994TV SeriesMary
Highlander1994TV SeriesMidori Koto
One West Waikiki1994TV SeriesTaylor Chun
Vanishing Son II1994TV MovieLanchi
Picture Bride1994Kana
Time Trax1994TV SeriesToshi
The Joy Luck Club1993Waverly - The Daughter
Babylon 5: The Gathering1993TV MovieLt. Cmdr. Laurel Takashima
Raven1992TV SeriesKim Tanaka
Quantum Leap1992TV SeriesTamlyn Matsuda
Come See the Paradise1990Lily Yuriko Kawamura / McGann
Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes1990TV MovieSally
Vietnam, Texas1990Lan
The Karate Kid1989TV SeriesAdditional Characters
Santa Barbara1987-1988TV SeriesMing Li / Lily Murakami
To Heal a Nation1988TV MovieMaya Ying Lin
Hiroshima Maiden1988TV MovieMiyeko
Tour of Duty1987TV SeriesVC Peasant Woman
Hawaiian Dream1987Karren Saito
The Karate Kid Part II1986Kumiko

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mighty Warriors of Comedy2006TV Movie documentary special thanks
The Water Ghost1998Short very special thanks

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs2017DocumentaryHerself
The Real Miyagi2015DocumentaryHerself
MIS Human Secret Weapon2012Documentary
Short Notice2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Cove: My Friend is...2010ShortHerself
2008 Asian Excellence Awards2008TV Movie documentaryHerself - Presenter
Independent Lens2006TV Series documentaryVivian
Wendy... Uh... What's Her Name2006Documentary shortHerself - Narrator
2006 Asian Excellence Awards2006TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Four Fingers of the Dragon2003ShortHerself
It's Hot in Here: UPN Fall Preview1996TV Special documentaryHerself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
242006TV SeriesJenny Dodge
JAG2003TV SeriesLt. Cmdr. Tracy Manetti

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2001Asian Media AwardAsian American International Film Festival

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
1989Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress Guest Starring in a Syndicated Family Comedy, Drama or Special

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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