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American actor

Jack Soo is ...

Born 28 Oct 1917 in Pacific Ocean
Died 11 Jan 1979 in Los Angeles
Age61 years, 2 months
Causeesophageal cancer
Jack Soo
Jack Soo
1977 cast photo from the television series Barney Miller. From left: Max Gail ("Wojo" Wojciehowicz}, Ron Glass (Ron Harris}, Abe Vigoda (Phil Fish), Jack Soo (Nick Yemana). Seated is Hal Linden (Barney Miller).

About Jack Soo

Jack Soo (October 28, 1917 – January 11, 1979) was a Japanese American actor. He is best known for his role as Detective Nick Yemana on the television sitcom Barney Miller.

He is also known as Goro Suzuki.


Soo was diagnosed with esophageal cancer during Barney Miller's fifth season (1978–79). The cancer spread quickly, and Soo died on January 11, 1979, at age 61, at the University of California at Los Angeles Medical Center (now the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center). His last appearance on the show was in the episode entitled "The Vandal," which aired on November 9, 1978.

Because his character (and Soo himself) was so beloved, producers created a special retrospective episode showing clips of his best moments, which aired at the end of the season. The most poignant moment of the show came at the end, when the cast members raised their coffee cups in a final farewell toast to the late actor.

Soo's last words (and the last words in the episode "The Vandal") came after being given a truly thankless chore by Captain Miller (which Nick always seemed to be the beneficiary of in the series), Barney senses Nick's desire to complain and invites him to do so. On the wall, in the background during the entire episode is a spray-painted obscenity aimed at Captain Miller courtesy of the vandal (and which everyone feels the need to comment on during the episode). Nick, having been given the open invitation by Barney for a retort, glances at the obscenity on the wall and then simply says to Barney, "I have nothing to add".