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Sessue Hayakawa

Lowest Rated:   80% Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
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Birthplace:   Nanaura, Chiba, Japan
Japanese actor Sessue Hayakawa, born Kitaro Hayakawa, joined a Japanese stage troupe directed by his uncle after a partial loss of hearing denied him access into the navy, which he had dreamed of joining. He moved to the U.S. at age 19 and enrolled at the University of Chicago. After returning to Japan he founded the Japanese Imperial Company, with which he toured the American West in 1913. Silent filmmaker Thomas Ince saw him perform and signed him to a film contract, and in 1914 he appeared in several silents. Within two years he was as popular as any big Hollywood star, particularly after his appearance in The Typhoon (1914), in which he co-starred was his wife, Tsuru Aoki. He went on to frequently appear with Aoki. His acting style has been described as a combination of "the Method" and Zen; his restrained performances contrasted sharply with the exaggerations of other silent actors. He played both exotic heroes and charming villains in many Hollywood films until 1923, when he moved to Europe; there he continued his busy screen career, mostly in France. He also occasionally worked in Japan and the U.S. He lived in France in the '30s and '40s, and during the Nazi occupation he painted to earn a living. He returned to Hollywood in the late '40s and over the next decade-plus appeared in numerous character roles. For his portrayal of a Japanese camp commander in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) he received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination. He retired from the screen in the '60s, returning to Japan; there he became an ordained Zen priest and taught acting. During his lifetime he also wrote a novel, a play, and the screenplay for The Swamp (1921).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Macao, l'enfer du jeu (Gambling Hell)
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet O Mimi San
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet The Daydreamer
  • The Mole
1966
80% Swiss Family Robinson
  • Pirate Chief
1960
No Score Yet Hell to Eternity
  • Gen. Matsui
1960
No Score Yet Green Mansions
  • Runi
1959
No Score Yet The Geisha Boy
  • Mr. Sikita
1958
94% The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • Col. Saito
1957
87% House of Bamboo
  • Inspector Kito
1955
No Score Yet Three Came Home
  • Colonel Suga
1950
No Score Yet Tokyo Joe
  • Baron Kimura
1949
No Score Yet The New Earth
  • Actor
1937
No Score Yet Forfaiture (The Cheat)
  • Actor
1937
No Score Yet Yoshiwara
  • Ysamo
1937
No Score Yet Daughter of the Dragon
  • Ah Kee
1931
No Score Yet An Arabian Knight
  • Ahmed
1920
No Score Yet The Devil's Claim
  • Akbar Kahn
1920
83% The Dragon Painter
  • Tatsu, the Dragon Painter
1919
No Score Yet Tong Man
  • Actor
1919
No Score Yet The Tong Man
  • Actor
1919
No Score Yet Victoria Cross
  • Actor
1916
No Score Yet The Cheat
  • Arakau
1915
No Score Yet The Typhoon
  • Tokorama
1914

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