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Sessue Hayakawa

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.

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Jun 10, 1889 In Nanaura, Chiba, Japan
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie O Mimi san 1914-02-05
Latest Project:
Series Asian Americans 2020-05-11
Known For
Poster of Asian Americans
Poster of The Bridge on the River Kwai
Poster of Tokyo Joe
Poster of Daughter of the Dragon
Series Asian Americans Self 2020-05-11
Movie Why Be Good?: Sexuality & Censorship in Early Cinema Unknown 2007-05-23
Movie Lover's Duet Tajima 1967-09-30
Movie The Daydreamer The Mole 1966-06-01
Movie The Love Goddesses 1965-03-03
Series Taikouki Takeda Shingen 1961-01-03
Movie The Big Wave The Old Man 1961-04-02
Movie Hell to Eternity General Matsui 1960-08-01
Movie Swiss Family Robinson Kuala, Pirate Chief 1960-12-21
Movie Green Mansions Runi 1959-03-19
Movie The Geisha Boy Mr. Sikita 1958-11-02
Movie The Bridge on the River Kwai Col. Saito 1957-10-11
Movie House of Bamboo Inspector Kito 1955-07-01
Movie 47 Vendettas Sakon Tachibana 1953-03-31
Movie Three Came Home Colonel Michio Suga 1950-02-20
Movie The Motherland Far Far Away Unknown 1950-03-05
Movie Tokyo Joe Baron Kimura 1949-10-26
Movie Gambling Hell Ying Tchaï 1942-12-09
Movie Tempête sur l'Asie Prinz Ling 1938-04-20
Movie The Daughter of the Samurai Iwao Yamato 1937-02-04
Movie Yoshiwara Ysamo, Kuli 1937-06-23
Movie Forfaiture Prince Hu-Long 1937-11-24
Movie Daughter of the Dragon Ah Kee 1931-09-05
Movie Around the World with Douglas Fairbanks Himself 1931-12-12
Movie The Great Prince Shan Prince Shan 1924-05-01
Movie I Have Killed Hideo 1924-10-25
Movie Sen Yan’s Devotion Unknown 1924-07-01
Movie The Battle 1923-12-23
Movie Night Life in Hollywood Self 1922-11-15
Movie The Vermilion Pencil Tse Chan / The Unknown / Li Chan 1922-03-19
Movie The First Born Unknown 1921-01-30
Movie Screen Snapshots (Series 1, No. 20) Himself 1921-02-22
Movie The Swamp 1921-10-30
Movie Black Roses Unknown 1921-05-22
Movie Where Lights Are Low Unknown 1921-09-04
Movie The Devil's Claim Akbar Khan / Hassan 1920-05-02
Movie Li Ting Lang Unknown 1920-07-24
Movie An Arabian Knight 1920-08-22
Movie The Courageous Coward 1919-03-31
Movie A Heart in Pawn Tomaya 1919-03-20
Movie The Man Beneath Dr. Chindi Ashutor 1919-07-05
Movie Bonds of Honor Unknown 1919-10-04
Movie The Dragon Painter Tatsu - the Dragon Painter 1919-09-28
Movie The Tong Man Luk Chen 1919-12-14
Movie The White Man's Law Unknown 1918-05-06
Movie Hidden Pearls Unknown 1918-02-18
Movie The Honor of His House Unknown 1918-04-01
Movie The Bravest Way Unknown 1918-06-16
Movie His Birthright Yukio 1918-09-08
Movie The Temple Of Dusk Unknown 1918-10-20
Movie Banzai The American General 1918-10-01
Movie Forbidden Paths 1917-07-12
Movie The Bottle Imp Unknown 1917-03-25
Movie The Call of the East Arai Takada 1917-10-15
Movie The Secret Game Nara-Nara 1917-12-03
Movie The Victoria Cross Unknown 1916-12-14
Movie The Secret Sin Unknown 1915-10-21
Movie The Cheat Hishuru Tori [Haka Arakau] 1915-12-13
Movie O Mimi san Unknown 1914-02-05
Movie The Wrath of the Gods Lord Yamaki 1914-06-08
Movie The Typhoon Tokorama 1914-10-10
Movie The Last of the Line Tiah - Gray Otter's Son 1914-12-24