James Shigeta

James Shigeta

  • Born on
    • June 17th, 1929
  • Died on
    • July 28th, 2014
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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Acting (17 Credits)

2012The People I've Slept With as Charles Yang
2000Brother as Sugimoto
1998Mulan as General Li (voice)
1997Drive as Mr. Lau
1994Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die as Det. Whoo
1990China Cry: A True Story as Dr. Sung
1989Cage as Tin Lum Yin
1988Die Hard as Joseph Yoshinobu Takagi
1976Midway as Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo
1974The Questor Tapes as Dr. Chen
1974The Yakuza as Goro
1973Lost Horizon as Brother To-Lenn
1966Paradise, Hawaiian Style as Danny Kohana
1964Carol for Another Christmas as Japanese Doctor
1961Flower Drum Song as Wang Ta
1961Bridge to the Sun as Hidenari Terasaki
1959The Crimson Kimono as Detective Joe Kojaku

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