‘Scarface’ Actor Dies: Machado Also Award-Winning Newsman

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
May 6, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Scarface actor dies: Mario Machado, also a long-time news anchor who won eight Emmy Awards, perished on May 5.

Machado worked for many years at KCBS-TV and its predecessor KNXT, according to the Los Angeles Times, which got word from Machado’s daughter that he died at age 78 from pneumonia.

Machado played an interviewer in “Scarface” and also had roles in other movies and television series, including “RoboCop” and “Rocky III.”

Machado was Los Angeles’ first asian-American newscaster, according to CBS

In recent years, Machado, who had Portuguese and Chinese descent, had been gathering oral histories of Chinese who left the country after the communist revolution.

His producer for an experimental KNXT program recalled Machado favorably. 

“Mario was very easy to work with and appreciative of good writing and production,” Joe Saltzeman said.

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.