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James Shigeta



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
27% The People I've Slept With
  • Charles Yang
2010
100% American Masters
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Slanted Screen
  • Actor
2006
47% Brother
  • Sugimoto
2001
No Score Yet Qigong: Ancient Chinese Healing for the 21st Century
  • Actor
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 Cage 2: Arena of Death
  • Tim Yum Lin
1994
No Score Yet Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die
  • Actor
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 Outer Limits - "Nightmare"
  • Actor
1963
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
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
  • Sam Wing
No Score Yet Babylon 5
1993-1998
  • Taro Isogi

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