Emmy-winning TV news anchor Mario Machado — who also played a newsman in television and movies for more than 30 years — died Saturday of complications from pneumonia, his daughter confirmed to The Los Angeles Times. He was 78.
Born on April 22, 1935 in Shanghai, Machado was Los Angeles’ first Asian-American anchor, beginning his career in the ‘60s and rising to prominence at KCBS-TV, among others.
“Mario was very easy to work with and appreciative of good writing and production,” his then-producer Joe Saltzman told KCBS-TV.
Machado won eight Emmys for his work. Additionally, he announced CBS’ North American Soccer League games into the early ‘70s.
Machado’s first credited acting role was as a technician on the Mission: Impossible TV series. Several years of work credited as “1st newscaster,” “commentator,” and others followed. He was in Quincy M.E., The Rockford Files, and The Brady Bunch, as well as the original Brian’s Song, Rocky III (as “interviewer”), and the RoboCop films, playing reporter Casey Wong.
Machado is survived by his four children.
UPDATE: KCBS-KCAL gave the following statement to EW: “Mario Machado was a pioneer in our industry and a valued contributor to The Big News and other groundbreaking programs at our stations. Our thoughts are with his family and friends as we mourn his passing.”