Gedde Watanabe

Highest Rated: 93% That Thing You Do! (1996)
Lowest Rated: 0% Mulan II (2003)
Birthday: Jun 26, 1955
Birthplace: Ogden, Utah, USA
The character that Gedde Watanabe is most remembered for is no doubt Long Duk Dong, the spastic foreign exchange student in Sixteen Candles (1984) whose drunken fall from a tree and laughable bastardization of the English language had ninth graders of the day rolling in theater aisles. Though a few major roles followed soon after, Watanabe ultimately fell victim to the comic typecasting machine, rendering his talents muted in favor of the stereotypical "humorous foreign-guy" roles in which he would repeatedly stumble through the cursed paces of his former footprints.It seems ironic that the actor who is remembered for these roles is a native not of Japan or some far away shore, but of Ogden, UT. Though his roles have expanded in their nature somewhat in recent years, Watanabe, a fine comic actor with a certain warm sincerity, has appeared frequently in major releases, though usually a little further down the credit list. Studying acting at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, CA, Watanabe also possesses a notable talent for crooning, appearing early on as an original cast member of Sondheim's Pacific Overtures in the 1970s.After his breakout role in Candles, Watanabe continued to riff on his likeable but mechanical Japanese-guy persona with humorous roles in UHF (1989) and, perhaps most notably, Gung-Ho (1986) and the short-lived television series of the same name that followed. Bit parts in television and film followed fairly frequently, often appearing in such television series as ER and doing voice-over work for such animated series as The Simpsons and Batman: Beyond. The late '90s showed promise for Watanabe with a couple of small yet stereotype-busting roles in Guinevere and EdTV (both 1999).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
39% The Last Word Gardener $1.8M 2017
15% 47 Ronin Troupe Leader (Kabuki Actor) $20.6M 2013
15% Not Forgotten Agent Nakamura 2009
No Score Yet Don't You Forget About Me Actor 2009
No Score Yet All Ages Night Actor 2009
No Score Yet Scooby Doo & the Samurai Sword Kenji 2009
83% Forgetting Sarah Marshall Hotel Manager $63M 2008
22% Two for the Money Milton $22.9M 2005
48% Alfie Wing $13.4M 2004
0% Mulan II Ling 2003
10% Slackers Japanese Proctor $4.9M 2002
No Score Yet L.A. Law: The Movie Cyril 2002
No Score Yet Thank You, Good Night Actor 2001
86% Guinevere Ed 1999
86% Mulan Ling 1998
25% Booty Call Chan 1997
93% That Thing You Do! Play-Tone Photographer 1996
No Score Yet Nick and Jane Enzo 1996
73% Boys on the Side Steve 1995
No Score Yet Perfect Alibi Det. Onoda 1995
69% Gremlins 2: The New Batch Katsuji 1990
64% UHF Kuni 1989
No Score Yet The Spring Matty 1989
33% Vamp Duncan 1986
33% Gung Ho Kazhihiro 1986
58% Volunteers At Toon 1985
86% Sixteen Candles Long Duk Dong 1984

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
Voice
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
Yosh
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet My Wife and Kids
2001-2005
Dr. Phil Ling
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Proud Family
2001-2005
Voice
  • 2001
No Score Yet Home Improvement
1991-1999
Nobu
  • 1999
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 1999
  • 1997
No Score Yet Mad About You
1992-1999
Brockwell's Speechwriter
  • 1996
88% Seinfeld
1989-1998
Oh
  • 1996
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
1988
Guru Prem
  • 1990
No Score Yet Newhart
1982-1990
Tagadachi
  • 1990

QUOTES FROM Gedde Watanabe CHARACTERS