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Harold Sakata

Full name: Harold Toshiyuki Sakata
Nickname(s): Oddjob
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8 (173 cm)
Weight: 179 lbs (81 kg)
Born: July 1, 1920 in Hōlualoa, Hawaiʻi, United States
Died: July 29, 1982 in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, United States
Affiliations: Nuuanu YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Weightlifting

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Though his name is almost unknown, Harold Sakata is probably the best recognized American weightlifter of all-time, but not for his weightlifting. Born Toshiyuki Sakata in Hawai’i, Sakata began a career as a professional wrestler shortly after the 1948 Olympics, using the name “Tosh Togo.” In the early 60s a movie producer saw him perform and launched him on a career as an actor that would later include guest appearances on American television shows such as Hawaii Five-O and Police Woman. Sakata is best remembered, however, for his role as the evil villain "Oddjob" in the James Bond movie, Goldfinger. During the filming of the movie, Sakata was once asked to put some realism into a karate chop and ended up putting star Sean Connery out of action for several days. Sakata himself suffered painful burns, but no permanent injuries, from the final electrocution scene at the end of the movie. Goldfinger was his first movie but he continued acting until his death in 1982.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 28 London Weightlifting Men's Light-Heavyweight United States USA 2 Silver

Men's Light-Heavyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank K S/F
1948 Summer 28 London Weightlifting United States USA Final Standings 2 380.0
1948 Summer 28 London Weightlifting United States USA Snatch 3 117.5
1948 Summer 28 London Weightlifting United States USA Snatch Lift #1 AC 112.5 o
1948 Summer 28 London Weightlifting United States USA Snatch Lift #2 AC 117.5 x
1948 Summer 28 London Weightlifting United States USA Snatch Lift #3 AC 117.5 o
1948 Summer 28 London Weightlifting United States USA Clean & Jerk 2 152.5
1948 Summer 28 London Weightlifting United States USA Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 142.5 o
1948 Summer 28 London Weightlifting United States USA Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 150.0 o
1948 Summer 28 London Weightlifting United States USA Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 152.5 o
1948 Summer 28 London Weightlifting United States USA Military Press 3T 110.0
1948 Summer 28 London Weightlifting United States USA Military Press Lift #1 AC 105.0 o
1948 Summer 28 London Weightlifting United States USA Military Press Lift #2 AC 110.0 x
1948 Summer 28 London Weightlifting United States USA Military Press Lift #3 AC 110.0 o
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