We all remember the bulky, treestump-looking, James Bond villain, “Odd Job” who was bodyguard to Auric Goldfinger and notorious for decapitating people by throwing his steel brimmed top hat in the same motion as one would fling a frisbee.
“Odd Job” was portrayed by the 1948 Olympic Silver medalist, Harold Sakata who was born on Hawaii from Japanese descent. He won silver for light-heavyweight weightlifting and went on to become a wrestler named Tosh Togo.
But, of course, his favorite role was “Odd Job” and that name stuck to him beyond the Goldfinger movie. He went on to play in other movies and commercials.
Sakata died of cancer on July 29, 1982.