Harold Sakata (Oddjob in the film "Goldfinger") won an Olympic silver medal at which sport?
Harold Sakata (born Toshiyuki Sakata July 1, 1920 – July 29, 1982) was an American Olympic weightlifter, professional wrestler, and film actor. He was born in Holualoa, Hawaii and was of Japanese descent.
He won a silver medal for the United States at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London in weightlifting. He lifted a total of 410 kg in the light-heavyweight division. He also worked as a professional wrestler under the name Tosh Togo from 1949 until the 1970s, becoming Canadian Tag Team Champion.
He was also an actor, best remembered for his role as the villain Oddjob in the James Bond film "Goldfinger" (1964). Bond producers Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli took notice of Sakata because of his heavy build—he stood 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) and weighed 284 lb (129 kg)—which, when coupled with his intimidating gaze, made him the perfect choice for the part of Oddjob.
He had no acting background at all, besides pro wrestling, but the film character was to be mute and would require little theatrical skill. Before Sakata had secured the role of Oddjob, another former wrestler, British actor Milton Reid, had auditioned for the role. In 1964 Reid challenged Sakata to a wrestling contest and suggested that the winner ought to get the role. However, given that Reid had been in "Dr. No" and that his character had been killed off, the producers decided to go with Sakata and the wrestling match did not take place.