Scarface actor Mario Machado, who was also a Los Angeles television news anchorman in the 1960s and 1970s, has died at the age of 78.
His daughter, Michelle said that her father died Saturday from complications of pneumonia at a Los Angeles convalescent facility.
KCBS-TV says Machado was of Chinese and Portuguese descent and was LA’s first Asian-American newscaster. Over a decades-long career, he was a newsman, producer, TV show host and soccer commentator. He worked at KCBS-TV, its predecessor and at what is now KCAL-TV.
He also played a newsman in TV shows and movies, including the “Robocop” films, “Oh, God!” and “Scarface.”
Machado served as Commissioner of the American Soccer League in 1986.
Between 1976 and 1984 he published Soccer Corner Magazine, for fellow enthusiasts of the sport.
He was one of the founding members of AYSO with his friend Hans Stierle, and in 1971 he helped change AYSO policy to allow girls to play.
In recognition for his contributions to the sport, Machado was inducted into the AYSO Hall of Fame in 1999.