James Saito

James Saito

Highest Rated: 90% Always Be My Maybe (2019)

Lowest Rated: 17% The Sea of Trees (2015)

Birthday: Mar 6, 1955

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

James Tomio Saito was born on March 6, 1955 in Los Angeles, CA. Determined to become a great performer, Saito studied at the legendary HB Studios under the likes of Uta Hagen and Carol Rosenfeld, and kicked off his career with small roles on some of the most popular television series of the time: "M*A*S*H" (CBS 1972-1983), "The Waltons" (CBS 1972-1981), and "Soap" (ABC 1977-1981) among them. Saito made his feature film debut in the musical biopic "The Idolmaker" (1980), and appeared not long afterward in the cult classic "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension" (1984), although his scenes were ultimately cut. Around this time, Saito also began exploring stage work, beginning with a 1996 production of "Rashomon." Saito's big break would come in the form of the adolescent-directed action comedy "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (1990), in which he played the sword-wielding big bad Shredder, a well-known character from the source comics and cartoon series. Shortly afterward, Saito won attention for his role in a Broadway production of "The King and I." From there, he appeared in parts of varying size in the likes of "Die Hard With a Vengeance" (1995), "The Devil's Advocate" (1997), "The Thomas Crown Affair" (1999), and "Pearl Harbor" (2001). Back on the stage, Saito earned an Obie Award for his work in a 2007 production of "Durango." Next, Saito landed his first regular role on a television program, playing Dr. Frank Chen on the dramedy series "Eli Stone" (ABC 2008-09), after which he nabbed a recurring part on the soap opera "One Life to Live" (ABC 1968-2012). Saito again found attachment to a string of big name movies, namely Noah Baumbach's "While We're Young" (2014), Tim Burton's "Big Eyes" (2014), and the Woody Harrelson-starring "Wilson" (2017), before returning to the small screen for the Al Pacino-led biography drama "Paterno" (HBO 2018) and the superhero series "Cloak & Dagger" (Freeform 2018-). On the latter, Saito was cast as Dr. Bernard Sanjo, a friend of the titular character Tyrone "Cloak" Johnson.

Highest rated movies

Always Be My Maybe
Henry Fool
Life of Pi
Robot Stories
Big Eyes
The Thomas Crown Affair
Love Hard Wilson




57% 91% Love Hard Bob Lin (Character) - 2021
No Score Yet 97% Algorithm: Bliss Dr. Stein (Character) - 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Christmas Bow Grandpa Joe (Character) - 2020
90% 80% Always Be My Maybe Harry (Character) - 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Herschell Gordon Lewis' BloodMania Screenwriter,
- 2017
47% 30% Wilson Warren Kudo (Character) $653.0K 2017
17% 43% The Sea of Trees Dr. Takahashi (Character) $14.0K 2015
72% 68% Big Eyes Judge (Character) $14.5M 2014
No Score Yet 71% From the Rough Won-Sik (Character) - 2013
86% 84% Life of Pi Older Insurance Investigator (Character) $125.0M 2012
20% No Score Yet Ghosts of the Heartland John Lu (Character) - 2007
74% 54% Robot Stories Roy/Groper (Character) $131.0K 2002
70% 77% The Thomas Crown Affair Paul Cheng (Character) $69.3M 1999
89% 82% Henry Fool Mr. Deng (Character) $1.3M 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tomorrow Man Dr. Lorechi (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Silent Cries Japanese Soldier (Character) - 1993
41% 81% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The Shredder/Oroko Saki (Character) $133.1M 1990
No Score Yet 57% Hot Dog ... The Movie Kendo Yamamoto (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Farewell to Manzanar Richard Wakatsuki (Character) - 1976


100% 69% Dash & Lily Arthur (Character) 2020
84% 75% Grey's Anatomy Herschel Roberts (Guest Star) 2020
75% 64% Altered Carbon Tanaseda Hideki (Character) 2020
58% 86% Prodigal Son Dr. Higa (Guest Star) 2019-2020
68% 64% Modern Love Kenji (Character) 2019
87% 77% The Terror Unknown (Guest Star) 2019
87% 66% Cloak and Dagger Dr. Bernard Sanjo (Character) 2018-2019
95% 89% Elementary Dr. Ken Fukata (Guest Star) 2018
54% 62% Instinct Akiro Sato (Guest Star) 2018
77% 76% House of Cards Dr. Krebs (Guest Star) 2016
No Score Yet 79% Madam Secretary Japanese Foreign Minister Shimbakura (Guest Star) 2014
No Score Yet 74% Hawaii Five-0 Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
92% 76% Person of Interest Glen (Guest Star) 2012
78% 93% 30 Rock Chef (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet 88% Blue Bloods Dennis Eng (Guest Star) 2010
60% No Score Yet Eli Stone Dr. Chen (Character) 2008-2009
84% 80% The Unit Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet 84% Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
76% 77% Star Trek: Voyager Nogami (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Airwolf Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
97% 100% Hill Street Blues Bob Ashahina (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1985
No Score Yet 75% MacGyver Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet 100% Street Hawk Joe Ching (Guest Star) 1985
71% 91% Miami Vice Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Hart Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet 93% M*A*S*H South Korean (Guest Star) 1977-1978 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
No Score Yet 100% Soap Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Waltons Unknown (Guest Star) 1981