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Longtime L.A. news anchor Mario Machado dead

Mario Machado, a longtime Los Angeles television news anchor and reporter who also played a newsman in a number of films and television shows, has died at a West Hills convalescent facility, said his daughter Michelle.

He was 78.

Machado, who worked for many years at KCBS-TV Channel 2, its predecessor KNXT and other local stations, died Saturday of complications of pneumonia, his daughter said. He had been ill for some time with Parkinson’s disease.

Born April 22, 1935, in Shanghai to a Portuguese father and Chinese-Portuguese mother, Machado appeared in such films as “Oh, God!” in 1977, “Rocky III” in 1982 and the 1971 TV movie “Brian’s Song.”

He also played reporter Casey Wong in three “RoboCop” films.


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