James Shigeta

James Shigeta

  • Highest Rated: 100% American Masters (2008)
  • Lowest Rated: 27% The People I've Slept With (2010)
  • Birthday: Jun 17, 1933
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Hawaii-born leading man James Shigeta made his first film appearance in 1959. Generally cast as everything but Hawaiian--Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan--Shigeta alternated between heroes and villains, depending on the requirements of the script (e.g. whether or not the plot is set during World War II). He briefly became a fan-magazine heartthrob when he played the romantic lead in the 1961 filmization of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song and had a memorable supporting role as a Nakatomi executive in Die Hard (1988). Though he was never a television series regular, he frequently popped up as a TV guest star. His final film role was 2009's The People I've Slept With. Shigeta died in 2014 at age 81.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

27% The People I've Slept With Charles Yang $16.9K 2010
100% American Masters Actor 2008
No Score Yet The Slanted Screen Actor 2006
47% Brother Sugimoto 2001
No Score Yet Drive Actor 1998
86% Mulan General Li 1998
No Score Yet Blood for Blood Mao Mak 1995
No Score Yet Space Marines Actor 1995
No Score Yet Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die Actor 1994
No Score Yet Cage 2: Arena of Death Tim Yum Lin 1994
No Score Yet China Cry Dr. Sung 1990
No Score Yet Cage Tin Lum Yin 1989
93% Die Hard Takagi 1988
No Score Yet Tomorrow's Child Actor 1982
No Score Yet Enola Gay Field Marshal Abehata 1980
50% Midway Vice Adm. Chuichi Nagumo 1976
57% The Yakuza Goro 1975
No Score Yet Lost Horizon Brother To-Lenn 1973
No Score Yet Operation Heartbeat Actor 1969
No Score Yet Paradise, Hawaiian Style Danny Kohana 1966
No Score Yet Carol for Another Christmas The Doctor 1964
No Score Yet Bridge to the Sun (Pont vers le soleil) Hidenari Terasaki 1961
No Score Yet Flower Drum Song Wang Ta 1961
No Score Yet Walk like a Dragon Cheng Lu 1960
100% The Crimson Kimono Det. Joe Kojaku 1959
No Score Yet Tre Pistole Contro Cesare Actor

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet American Masters
2001
Appearing
  • 2009
No Score Yet Beverly Hills, 90210
1990-2000
Ben Ben Sosna
  • 1999
No Score Yet Babylon 5
1993-1998
Taro Isogi
  • 1994
No Score Yet seaQuest DSV
1993-1996
Chi
  • 1994
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Luc Lee John Sugahara
  • 1992
  • 1987
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
1980-1988
Dr. Richard Enoka Mr. Obotu
  • 1986
  • 1983
No Score Yet Airwolf
1984-1987
  • 1985
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
Sam Wing
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1978
  • 1977
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
1974-1980
Clement Chen
  • 1978
No Score Yet Kung Fu
1972-1975
Lin Pei Former Shaolin Master
  • 1975
  • 1974
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Soong
  • 1971
  • 1969
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Shiki
  • 1970
No Score Yet It Takes a Thief
1968-1970
Prince Phon Sing
  • 1968
No Score Yet Perry Mason
1957-1966
Ward Toyama
  • 1965

QUOTES FROM James Shigeta CHARACTERS

Takagi
You want money? What kind of terrorists are you?
Hans Gruber
Who said we were terrorists?
Takagi
What kind of terrorists are you?
Hans Gruber
Mr.Takagi, who ever said we were terrorists?