James Shigeta

James Shigeta

Highest Rated: 80% The Crimson Kimono (1959)

Lowest Rated: 17% Lost Horizon (1973)

Birthday: Jun 17, 1933

Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

After serving in the Korean War, Hawaiin-born James Shigeta built a successful career as a nightclub singer and supper club performer under the European-sounding name of 'Guy Brion' before being invited to record albums in Japan. After spending years learning the language and performing in movies, radio shows, and stage productions, Shigeta returned to the United States in 1959 for an appearance on "The Dinah Shore Chevy Show." His suave, classy demeanor and smooth voice made him an instant star, and he soon landed roles in films like the interracial romantic drama "The Crimson Kimono," notable for its then-radical use of an Asian actor to play a detective. After portraying a nationalistic young Chinese man in the 1960 western "Walk Like a Dragon," Shigeta landed a lead role in the World War II drama "Bridge to the Sun." His portrayal of a Japanese diplomat victimized over his marriage to an American woman won critical praise, leading to his biggest role yet, the lovelorn Wang Ta in the feature film adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Flower Drum Song." Shigeta appeared in numerous TV series throughout the '60s and '70s, landing a recurring role as Dr. Osaka on the award-winning medical series "Medical Center." Later in his career, he portrayed doomed businessman Joseph Takagi in the surprise hit "Die Hard" and lent his voice to the 1998 Disney film "Mulan."

Highest rated movies

The Crimson Kimono
Flower Drum Song
The Yakuza
Brother
Midway
The People I've Slept With
Lost Horizon

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
27% 37% The People I've Slept With Charles Yang (Character) - 2012
47% 79% Brother Sugimoto (Character) $447.8K 2000
No Score Yet 68% Drive Mr. Lau (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 29% Space Marines Ambassador Nakamura (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 27% Blood for Blood Mao Mak (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die Det. Whoo (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cage II Tin Lum Yin (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 85% China Cry Dr. Sung (Character) $1.3M 1990
No Score Yet 27% Cage Tin Lum Yin (Character) $430.9K 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Samurai Takeo Chisato (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Moneychangers Wizard Wong (Character) - 1976
47% 71% Midway Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Killer Who Wouldn't Die David Lao (Character) - 1976
59% 72% The Yakuza Goro (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Matt Helm Unknown (Character) - 1975
17% 45% Lost Horizon Brother To-Lenn (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Questor Tapes Dr. Chen (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Young Lawyers Lee Ahn (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Manila, Open City Unknown (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nobody's Perfect Diver Toshi O'Hara (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Escape to Mindanao Lt. Takahashi (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Walks in Laredo Lester Kato (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 55% Paradise, Hawaiian Style Danny Kohana (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 56% Carol for Another Christmas The Doctor (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 78% Bridge to the Sun Hidenari Terasaki (Character) - 1961
60% 72% Flower Drum Song Wang Ta (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Walk Like a Dragon Cheng Lu (Character) - 1960
80% 72% The Crimson Kimono Detective Joe Kojaku (Character) - 1959

TV

Credit
33% No Score Yet Threat Matrix Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet 94% Beverly Hills, 90210 Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cybill Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet 94% Babylon 5 Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1992
No Score Yet 0% Jake and the Fatman Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mission: Impossible Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Simon & Simon Unknown (Guest Star) 1984 1987
No Score Yet 100% Greatest American Hero Colonel Shawn Liang (Guest Star) 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet 100% The Rockford Files Clement Chin (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Woman Bernie Kim (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet 92% Little House on the Prairie Sam Wing (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Prosecutor (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet 100% Kung Fu Unknown (Guest Star) 1974-1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Spy Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ben Casey Father Michael Hsueh (Guest Star) 1964-1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Ward Toyama (Guest Star) 1965
92% 100% The Outer Limits Unknown (Character) 1963-1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lieutenant Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1963