'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.

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    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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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.

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.

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

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