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James Shigeta

James Saburo Shigeta (June 17, 1929 – July 28, 2014) was an American actor, singer, and musician of Japanese descent. He was noted for his roles in The Crimson Kimono (1959), Walk Like a Dragon (1960), Flower Drum Song (1961), Bridge to the Sun (1961), Die Hard (1988), and Mulan (1998). In 1960, he won the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer – Male, along with three other actors. In his early career, Shigeta often played romantic male lead roles, which were almost nonexistent for an actor of Asian descent during his time, making him a trailblazer in Asian American representation in media. The Goldsea Asian-American Daily magazine listed him as one of the "Most Inspiring Asian-Americans Of All Time". Before his Hollywood career he found success as a pop singer and performer abroad, especially in Japan and Australia.


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Born:
Jun 17, 1929 In Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
72
First Appeared:
In the series The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1956-10-05
Latest Project:
Movie The People I've Slept With 2009-08-13
Known For
Poster of Mulan
Poster of Die Hard
Poster of Midway
Poster of The Bing Crosby Show
Filmography
Movie The People I've Slept With Charles Yang 2009-08-13
Movie Hollywood Chinese Himself 2007-03-18
Movie The Slanted Screen Himself 2006-01-03
Series Avatar: The Last Airbender Unknown 2005-02-21
Series Threat Matrix Unknown 2003-09-18
Movie Brother Sugimoto 2000-09-09
Movie Qigong: Ancient Chinese Healing for the 21st Century Narrator 1999-01-01
Movie Mulan General Li (voice) 1998-06-18
Movie Drive Mr. Lau 1997-08-06
Movie Space Marines Ambassador Nakamura 1996-01-01
Series Babylon 5 Taro Isogi 1994-01-26
Movie Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die Det. Whoo 1994-05-06
Movie Cage II: The Arena of Death Tin Lum Yin 1994-12-14
Series seaQuest DSV Vietnamese President Chi 1993-09-12
Series Renegade Unknown 1992-09-19
Series Beverly Hills, 90210 Unknown 1990-10-04
Movie China Cry: A True Story Dr. Sung 1990-11-02
Movie Cage Tin Lum Yin 1989-09-01
Movie Die Hard Joseph Yoshinobu Takagi 1988-07-15
Movie Slaying the Dragon Unknown 1988-11-04
Movie Yorktown: A Time to Heal Admiral Nogura 1987-07-25
Series Jake and the Fatman Unknown 1987-09-26
Series Murder, She Wrote Unknown 1984-09-30
Series Airwolf Unknown 1984-01-22
Series The Hitchhiker Unknown 1983-11-01
Series Masquerade Makko 1983-12-15
Series T. J. Hooker Unknown 1982-03-13
Movie The Renegades Jimmy Lee 1982-08-11
Series Matt Houston Unknown 1982-09-26
Series Simon & Simon Unknown 1981-11-24
Series Magnum, P.I. Unknown 1980-12-11
Movie Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb Abehata 1980-11-23
Movie Samurai Takeo Chisato 1979-04-29
Series The Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew Mysteries Unknown 1977-01-30
Movie The Killer Who Wouldn't Die David Lao 1976-04-04
Movie Midway Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo 1976-06-18
Series S.W.A.T. Unknown 1975-02-24
Series Ellery Queen Unknown 1975-09-11
Movie The Questor Tapes Dr. Chen 1974-01-23
Series Little House on the Prairie Unknown 1974-09-11
Movie The Yakuza Goro 1974-12-21
Series Police Woman Unknown 1974-09-13
Series The Rockford Files Clement Chin 1974-09-13
Movie Lost Horizon Brother To-Lenn 1973-03-17
Series Emergency! Unknown 1972-01-22
Series The Streets of San Francisco Unknown 1972-09-23
Series Kung Fu Unknown 1972-10-14
Movie The Young Lawyers Lee Ahn 1969-10-28
Movie Nobody's Perfect Diver Toshi O'Hara 1968-01-12
Movie Manila, Open City Captain Murakami 1968-01-13
Series Hawaii Five-O Unknown 1968-09-20
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Movie Death Walks in Laredo Lester Koto 1967-02-18
Movie The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Chinese Junk George Ti Ming 1967-09-08
Movie Paradise, Hawaiian Style Danny Kohana 1966-06-15
Series Mission: Impossible Unknown 1966-09-17
Series The Bing Crosby Show Unknown 1964-09-14
Movie A Carol for Another Christmas The Doctor 1964-12-28
Series The Lieutenant Unknown 1963-09-14
Series Burke's Law Unknown 1963-09-20
Series The Outer Limits Unknown 1963-09-16
Series Kraft Mystery Theatre Unknown 1961-06-14
Movie Cry for Happy Harue 1961-03-03
Series Dr. Kildare Unknown 1961-09-27
Movie Bridge to the Sun Hidenari Terasaki 1961-10-17
Series Ben Casey Unknown 1961-10-02
Movie Flower Drum Song Wang Ta 1961-11-09
Movie Walk Like a Dragon Cheng Lu 1960-06-01
Movie The Crimson Kimono Detective Joe Kojaku 1959-10-21
Series Naked City Unknown 1958-09-30
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Series The Dinah Shore Chevy Show Unknown 1956-10-05