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James Shigeta

Highest Rated:   100% American Masters (2008)
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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
92% Die Hard
  • Takagi
1988
No Score Yet Tomorrow's Child
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Enola Gay
  • Field Marshal Abehata
1980
54% Midway
  • Vice Adm. Chuichi Nagumo
1976
45% 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 Babylon 5
1993-1998
  • Taro Isogi
  • 1994
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
  • Sam Wing
  • 1982
  • 1977

Quotes from James Shigeta's Characters