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'Scarface' actor dies: He was a newsman, on and off the big screen

'Scarface' actor Mario Machado has died. He had many roles in television news, including serving as LA's first Asian-American newscaster. On the big screen, he played a newsman in 'Scarface,' 'Rocky III,' and others.

By Associated Press / May 6, 2013

Mario Machado, seen here in a 1977 file photo, was a Los Angeles television news anchor in the 1960s and 1970s who also appeared in movies such as 'Rocky III' and 'Scarface.'

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LOS ANGELES

A Los Angeles television news anchor in the 1960s and 1970s who also appeared in movies such as "Rocky III" has died. Mario Machado was 78.

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His daughter, Michelle, tells the Los Angeles Times that Mr. Machado died Saturday from complications of pneumonia at a Los Angeles convalescent facility.

KCBS-TV says Machado was of Chinese and Portuguese descent and was LA's first Asian-American newscaster. Over a decades-long career, he was a newsman, producer, TV show host and soccer commentator. He worked at KCBS-TV, its predecessor and at what is now KCAL-TV.

He also played a newsman in TV shows and movies, including the "Robocop" films, "Oh, God!" and "Scarface."

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