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Gedde Watanabe

Highest Rated:   93% That Thing You Do! (1996)
Lowest Rated:   0% Mulan II (2003)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
35% The Last Word
  • Gardener
$1.8M 2017
14% 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
85% Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Hotel Manager
$63M 2008
22% Two for the Money
  • Milton
$22.9M 2005
49% 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
67% Gremlins 2: The New Batch
  • Katsuji
1990
63% UHF
  • Kuni
1989
No Score Yet The Spring
  • Matty
1989
40% Vamp
  • Duncan
1986
35% Gung Ho
  • Kazhihiro
1986
58% Volunteers
  • At Toon
1985
86% Sixteen Candles
  • Long Duk Dong
1984

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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 Home Improvement
1991-1999
  • Nobu
  • 1999
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 1999
  • 1997
No Score Yet Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Oh
  • 1996

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