Reiko Sato: American actress (1931 - 1981)
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Reiko Sato
American actress

Reiko Sato

Reiko Sato
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Intro American actress
Was Actor Stage actor
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 19 December 1931, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, U.S.A.
Death 28 May 1981, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, U.S.A. (aged 49 years)
Reiko Sato
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Reiko Sato (December 19, 1931 – May 28, 1981) was an American dancer and actress.

Early life

Reiko Sato was born in Los Angeles, California. She and her family were interned at the Gila River War Relocation Center during World War II. Her mother was Chieko Sato, a real estate investor; Reiko also had many siblings. She graduated from Belmont High School 1949, later attending Los Angeles City College. She continued her studies in Ballet.


Sato is best known for playing seamstress Helen Chao in the feature film Flower Drum Song. She also had a dramatic role in The Ugly American, receiving personal coaching from actor Marlon Brando. She had been on contract with Fox and Universal, but nothing materialized, and she retired from Hollywood.

She had performed as the original princess of Ababu in the Broadway production of Kismet, as well as the movie. She was also in the broadway play, Destry Rides Again, having two roles.

Final years

Reiko Sato spent her final years involved in various organizations promoting equality for Asian-American performers. She lived on Mulholland Drive. After her death in 1981 she was cremated. Half of her ashes were sent to a Buddhist Temple. The other half were "spirited away" to Marlon Brando's private island.


  • The Ugly American (1963) as Rachani, Deong's Wife
  • Flower Drum Song (1961) as Helen Chao
  • Hell to Eternity (1960) as Famika
  • Kismet (1955) as 1st Princess of Ababu
  • House of Bamboo (1955) (uncredited) as Charlie's Girl
  • Woman on the Run (1950) as Susie
  • Mother Didn't Tell Me (1950) as Suki
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