Throwback Thursday – Nobu McCarthy on Barney Miller

This clip from a late 1976 episode of Barney Miller, entitled “Christmas Story,” has Japanese actress and former Miss Tokyo Nobu McCarthy as a hooker/mugging victim, giving her report to Sgt. Ron Harris (and catching the eye of  Sgt. Nick Yemana, who doesn’t find out her occupation until after he makes a date with her).

Born Nobu Atsumi in Canada in 1934, she probably chose to keep her first husband’s surname because she had it when she made her acting debut in the 1958 film The Geisha Boy. Her film career lasted until her death in 2002, while she was on location in Brazil, making Gaijin 2: Love Me as I Am. More details of her death and career in this article at

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  1. Avatar of The-Dean

    I remember that episode fairly vividly. Barney Miller was one of the best written sitcoms of its era, maybe ever, and had a great cast. Nobu was a real treat on that episode.