Tamlyn Naomi Tomita, born January 27, 1966,[1] is a 52-year-old Japanese-born American actress and singer. She is known for her role in The Karate Kid, Part II, she had a guest role on Glee and has a recurring role on Teen Wolf.

Personal Life

Tomita was born in Okinawa, Japan to Shiro and Asako Tomita[1] and raised in Los Angeles, California.[2] She won the title of Queen at the Nisei Week Pageant in Los Angeles in 1984, and Miss Nikkei International in 1985. Tomita attended UCLA with a major in History, before she left to pursue acting.[3] She is one-quarter Filipina .

Tomita was named "Most Beautiful" by People Magazine in 1991.[2]


Tomita made her film debut in The Karate Kid, Part II in 1986, had a recurring role on Santa Barbara for a year till 1988, and had a recurring role on The Burning Zone for a year till 1997.

She also had a recurring on JAG for a year till 2003, was on General Hospital for six episodes for a year till 2009, was on Law & Order: LA for ten episodes for a year till 2011, and was on Day of Our Lives in 2012.

Tomita guest starred on Glee for three episodes for a year till 2012, and guest starred on True Blood in 2013.

Her album, "Sweet Surprise," was released in 1991.[4]

Tomita joined the Season 3b cast of Teen Wolf in 2014. She portrays Noshiko Yukimura, the mother of Kira - Scott McCall's love interest - and has appeared in seventeen episodes between 3b and Season 6a.


Year Title Role Notes
1986 The Karate Kid, Part II Kumiko
1987 Tour of Duty VC Peasant Woman ("Sitting Ducks")
Hawaiian Dream Karren Saito
Santa Barbara Ming Li/Lily Murakami 1987 - 1988 (31 episodes)
1988 To Heal a Nation Maya Ying Lin TV movie
Hiroshima Maiden Miyeko TV movie
1990 Come See the Paradise Lily Yuriko Kawamura/McGann
Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes Sally TV movie
Vietnam, Texas Lan
1992 Raven Kim Tanaka ("Return of the Black Dragon")
Quantum Leap Tamlyn Matsuda ("Temptation Eyes - February 1, 1985")
1993 The Joy Luck Club Waverly - The Daughter
Babylon 5: The Gathering Lt. Cmdr. Laurel Takashima TV movie
1994 Notes on a Scale
Murder, She Wrote Det. Sharon Matsumoto ("Death in Hawaii")
Vanishing Son IV Lanchi TV movie
Living Single Mary ("Bristle While You Work")
Highlander Midori Koto ("The Samurai")
One West Waikiki Taylor Chun ("'Til Death Do Us Part")
Vanishing Son II Lanchi TV movie
Picture Bride Kana
Time Trax ("Return of the Yakuza")
1995 Sisters Kiri Adams ("A Perfect Circle" and "Renaissance Woman")
Four Rooms Wife segment ("The Misbehavers")
Vanishing Son Lan Chi ("Single Flame")
1996 The Burning Zone Dr. Kimberly Shiroma 1996 - 1997 (11 episodes)
Chicago Hope Jennifer Watanabe
Tina, Sutton's Ex #3
1996 ("Ex Marks the Spot")
1998 ("McNeil and Pray")
1997 Raven: Return of the Black Dragons Kim Tanaka TV movie
The Sentinel Suzanne Tomaki ("Smart Alec")
Touch Prosecutor
The Killing Jar Diane Sanford
1998 Living Out Loud Bob's Wife
Soundman'" Butch's Wife
Hundred Percent Thaise
1999 Will & Grace Naomi ("I Never Promised You an Olive Garden")
Seven Days Michelle ("Walter")
The Last Man on Planet Earth Agent Kara Hastings TV movie
Life Tastes Good Julie Sado
2000 The Michael Richards Show Ming ("USA Toy")
Betty Anderson Detective Miyamoto short
Nash Bridges Amy Chin ("ManHunt" and "Blow Out")
Requiem Fong short
Runaway Virus Monique Chao TV movie
2001 Crossing Jordan Dr. Grace Yakura ("The Dawn of a New Day", "You Can't Go Home Again" and "Digger: Part 1")
Providence Mary Cassidy ("Civil Unrest")
Walking Shadow Rikki Wu TV movie
FreakyLinks Emma Reed ("Subject: The Final Word")
Destiny TV movie
2002 007: Nightfire Makiko Hayashi voice and video game
For the People Dr. Chaney ("Come Blow Your Whistle")
The Shield Wanda Higoshi ("Pilot")
JAG Lt. Cmdr. Tracy Manetti 2002 - 2003 (7 episodes)
24 Jenny Dodge 2002 - 2003 (5 episodes)
2003 Threat Matrix Special Agent Nicole Hill ("Under the Gun")
The Agency Elizabeth - Female Kidnapper ("Our Man in Korea" and "Our Man in Washington")
Robot Stories Marcia
2004 Strong Medicine Dr. Nash ("Goodbye/Rest in Peace")
The Day After Tomorrow Janet Tokada
The Perfect Party Mom
North Shore Xao 2004 ("Illusions")
2005 ("The End")
2005 True Love & Mimosa Tea Rebecca Nakasone short
Gaijin - Ama-me Como Sou Maria Yamashita Salinas
Jane Doe: Now You See It, Now You Don't Helen Morriston TV movie
2006 Peace Sandy Sakai short
Independent Lens Vivian documentary ("My Life... Disoriented")
Stargate SG-1 Shen Xiaoyi ("The Scourge" and "Crusade")
Only the Brave Mary Takata
Commander in Chief Randy ("No Nukes Is Good Nukes")
Stargate: Atlantis Chinese Ambassador Shen Xiaoyi/Shen Xiaoyi 2006 ("No Man's Land")
2008 ("Remnants")
Eureka Kim Anderson/Kim Yamazaki 2006 - 2009 (5 episodes)
2007 Women's Murder Club Sachiko Johannes ("Maybe Baby")
Pandemic Melissa Lo TV movie
2008 Finding Madison Beth
Twenty Good Years ("Come Fly with Me")
Saving Grace Tori Chen ("Have a Seat, Earl")
The Eye Mrs. Cheung
Two Sisters Shakti TV movie
General Hospital Giselle 2008 - 2009 (6 episodes)
Heroes Ishi Nakamura 2008 ("Chapter Twelve 'Our Father")
2010 ("Chapter Fifteen 'Pass/Fail'")
2009 Private Practice Katie's Lawyer ("Strange Bedfellows")
CSI: Miami Dr. Sarah Fordham ("Seeing Red")
Criminal Minds Dr. Linda Kimura ("Amplification")
The Mentalist Lauri Medina ("Bloodshot")
Why Am I Doing This? Donna
Monk" Eileen Hill ("Mr. Monk Fights City Hall")
2010 Nómadas
Memphis Beat Noreen Drake ("I Want to Be Free")
The Mikado Project Viola
Tekken Jun Kazama
Super Duper Exotic Erotic Fetish Sexy Must See Story... A Tragedy of Oriental Proportions! Helen short
Starlight Inn Grace Kim short
Law & Order: LA Miwako Nishizawa 2010 - 2011 (10 episodes)
2011 The Protector Katrina ("Bangs")
The Chicago Code Prosecutor ("Bathhouse & Hinky Dink")
The Charles Kim Show Tamlyn Tomita short
Glee Julia Chang 2011 ("Asian F" and "The First Time")
2012 ("Goodbye")
2012 Hollywood Heights Sarah Medeiros ("Jetsetter" and "Fresno")
Touch Kazuko Osugi ("Gyre, Part 1")
White Room: 02B3 Five short
Make It or Break It ("Listen to the Universe")
Days of Our Lives Dr. Ellen Yu (8 episodes)
2013 True Blood Ms. Suzuki ("Who Are You, Really?" and "Dead Meat")
Bones Dr. Alice Crawford ("The Doll in the Derby")
2014 Teen Wolf Noshiko Yukimura 2014 - 17 (17 episodes)
Operation Marriage Lee
Resurrection Dr. Toni Willis (5 episodes)
Teacher of the Year Vivian Lew
Awesome Asian Bad Guys Tamlyn/Pamlyn
NCIS: Los Angeles Homeland Security Agent Shana Rollins ("Leipei")
How to Get Away with Murder Judge Carol Morrow 2014 ("He Deserved to Die") - 2015 ("Hello Raskolnikov")
2015 Daddy Sharlene Hong
Chasing Life Molly
("Life, Actually" and "One Day")
("The Last W" and "Episode #2.10")
Zoo Minako Oz ("The Silence of the Cicadas")
2016 The Unbidden Lauren Lee post-production




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