Born and raised in Hollywood, CA, Yuji Okumoto began his acting career over 25 years ago. After graduating from Hollywood High School, Yuji attended Cal State University in Fullerton, where he took his first acting class. While performing in the Arthur Kopit play Indians, he was approached and signed by an agent. His first acting job was on the CBS soap, The Young and the Restless. Yuji’s first big screen break came in 1985, when he landed a part in the film The Check is in the Mail starring Brian Dennehy and Anne Archer. Other early films were two classic 80’s teen comedies . The first being Real Genius where he played a nerdy sidekick to Val Kilmer. Better off Dead came next where he badgered John Cusack with a hilarious Howard Cosell imitation.
Yuji’s breakout role came in 1985 when he was cast to play Ralph Macchio's nemesis in The Karate Kid, Part II. His role as Chozen is a classic bad-guy role that people to this day still love to hate.