Biography

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Ken Watanabe (born October 21, 1959) is a Japanese stage, film, and television actor. To English-speaking audiences he is known for playing tragic hero characters, such as General Tadamichi Kuribayashi in Letters from Iwo Jima and Lord Katsumoto Moritsugu in The Last Samurai, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Among other awards, he has won the Japan Academy Prize for Best Actor twice, in 2007 for Memories of Tomorrow and in 2010 for Shizumanu Taiyō. He is also known for his roles in director Christopher Nolan's Hollywood blockbusters Batman Begins and Inception.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Ken Watanabe (born October 21, 1959) is a Japanese stage, film, and television actor. To English-speaking audiences he is known for playing tragic hero characters, such as General Tadamichi Kuribayashi in Letters from Iwo Jima and Lord Katsumoto Moritsugu in The Last Samurai, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Among other awards, he has won the Japan Academy Prize for Best Actor twice, in 2007 for Memories of Tomorrow and in 2010 for Shizumanu Taiyō. He is also known for his roles in director Christopher Nolan's Hollywood blockbusters Batman Begins and Inception.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Ken Watanabe, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 48

Birthday 1959-10-21

Place of Birth Koide, Niigata, Japan

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • 渡辺謙
  • 와타나베 켄
  • Кэн Ватанабэ

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2020 フクシマ50
2019 Pokémon: Detective Pikachu as Detective Yoshida
2019 Godzilla: King of the Monsters as Dr. Ishiro Serizawa
2018 The King and I as The King of Siam
2018 Bel Canto as Katsumi Hosokawa
2018 Isle of Dogs as Head Surgeon (voice)
2017 Transformers: The Last Knight as Drift (voice)
2017 The Memories of Happiness as Taro Miura
2016 Rage as Yohei Maki
2016 The Sea of Trees as Takumi Nakamura
2014 Snow Jack as Reiji Kurata
2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction as Drift (voice)
2014 Godzilla as Dr. Ishiro Serizawa
2013 Unforgiven as Jubee Kamata
2012 Hayabusa: The Long Voyage Home as Junichiro Kawaguchi
2010 A School Behind Bars
2010 Inception as Saito
2010 Shanghai as Tanaka
2009 Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant as Mr. Tall
2009 The Unbroken as Hajime Onchi
2007 Earth as Narrator
2006 Letters from Iwo Jima as General Tadamichi Kuribayashi
2006 Memories of Tomorrow as Masayuki Saeki
2005 Memoirs of a Geisha as The Chairman
2005 Batman Begins as Ra's al Ghul
2005 Ashes and Snow as Japanese Narrator (voice)
2005 Year One in the North as Komatsubara Hideaki
2004 Suna no Utsuwa(7 episodes)
2003 The Last Samurai as Katsumoto
2003 T.R.Y. as Masanobu Azuma
2002 Dawn of a New Day: The Man Behind VHS as Okubo
2001 Drowning Fish as Miyota
2000 Zawa-zawa Shimokita-sawa as Ishida
2000 Space Travelers as Sakamaki ("Crusher")
2000 Ikebukuro West Gate Park(12 episodes) as Yokoyama
1992 Ganryujima: Kojiro and Musashi as Kojiro
1992 Oda Nobunaga
1987 Dokuganryu Masamune(1 episode) as Date Masamune
1987 Masamune Shogun(50 episodes) as 伊達政宗
1987 Chronicle of the Town Magistrate as Mochizuki Koheita
1987 Commando Invasion
1986 The Sea and Poison
1985 Tampopo as Gun
1985 Kekkon Annai Mystery
1984 MacArthur's Children as Tetsuo Nakai
1980 Bruce's Fists Of Vengeance

Directing

1988 Sando and the Diplomat's DaughterDirector
1988 Passage to HellDirector

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