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Sessue Hayakawa (June 10, 1889 – November 23, 1973) was a Japanese and American Issei (Japanese immigrant) actor who starred in American, Japanese, French, German, and British films. Hayakawa was the first and one of the few Asian actors to find stardom in the United States as well as Europe. Between the mid-1910s and the late 1920s, he was as well known as actors Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks. He was one of the highest paid stars of his time; making $5,000 a week in 1915, and $2 million a year via his own production company during the 1920s. He starred in over 80 movies and has two films in the U.S. National Film Registry. His international stardom transitioned both silent films and talkies.

Of his English-language films, Hayakawa is probably best known for his role as Colonel Saito in the film The Bridge on the River Kwai, for which he received a nomination for Academy Award Best Supporting Actor in 1957. He also appeared as the pirate leader in Disney's Swiss Family Robinson in 1960. In addition to his film acting career, Hayakawa was a theatre actor, film and theatre producer, film director, screenwriter, novelist, martial artist, and an ordained Zen master.   Description above from the Wikipedia article Sessue Hayakawa, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Sessue Hayakawa (June 10, 1889 – November 23, 1973) was a Japanese and American Issei (Japanese immigrant) actor who starred in American, Japanese, French, German, and British films. Hayakawa was the first and one of the few Asian actors to find stardom in the United States as well as Europe. Between the mid-1910s and the late 1920s, he was as well known as actors Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks. He was one of the highest paid stars of his time; making $5,000 a week in 1915, and $2 million a year via his own production company during the 1920s. He starred in over 80 movies and has two films in the U.S. National Film Registry. His international stardom transitioned both silent films and talkies.

Of his English-language films, Hayakawa is probably best known for his role as Colonel Saito in the film The Bridge on the River Kwai, for which he received a nomination for Academy Award Best Supporting Actor in 1957. He also appeared as the pirate leader in Disney's Swiss Family Robinson in 1960. In addition to his film acting career, Hayakawa was a theatre actor, film and theatre producer, film director, screenwriter, novelist, martial artist, and an ordained Zen master.   Description above from the Wikipedia article Sessue Hayakawa, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 34

Birthday 1889-06-10

Day of Death 1973-11-23

Place of Birth Nanaura, Chiba, Japan

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1966 The Daydreamer as The Mole
1965 The Love Goddesses as Himself (archive footage)
1960 Swiss Family Robinson as Kuala, Pirate Chief
1960 Hell to Eternity as General Matsui
1959 Green Mansions as Runi
1958 The Geisha Boy as Mr. Sikita
1957 The Bridge on the River Kwai as Col. Saito
1955 House of Bamboo as Inspector Kito
1953 47 Vendettas as Sakon Tachibana
1950 Three Came Home as Colonel Suga
1950 Harukanari haha no kuni
1949 Tokyo Joe as Baron Kimura
1942 Gambling Hell as Ying Tchaï
1938 Tempête sur l'Asie as Prinz Ling
1937 Forfaiture as Prince Hu-Long
1937 Yoshiwara as Ysamo, Kuli
1937 The Daughter of the Samurai as Iwao Yamato
1931 Daughter of the Dragon as Ah Kee
1924 The Great Prince Shan as Prince Shan
1921 Screen Snapshots (Series 1, No. 20) as Himself
1920 The Devil's Claim as Akbar Khan / Hassan
1919 The Tong Man as Luk Chen
1919 The Dragon Painter as Tatsu - the Dragon Painter
1919 The Man Beneath as Dr. Chindi Ashutor
1919 The Courageous Coward
1918 His Birthright as Yukio
1917 The Secret Game as Nara-Nara
1917 The Call of the East as Arai Takada
1917 The Bottle Imp
1916 The Victoria Cross
1915 The Cheat as Hishuru
1914 The Last of the Line as Tiah - Gray Otter's Son
1914 The Typhoon as Tokorama
1914 The Wrath of the Gods as Lord Yamaki

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