Sessue Hayakawa

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was a Japanese and American Issei (Japanese immigrant) actor who starred in American, Japanese, French, German, and British films.Obituary Variety, November 28, 1973, page 62. Hayakawa was the first and one of the few Asian actors to find stardom in the United States as well as Europe. Between the mid-1910s and the late 1920s, he was as well known as actors Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks. Sessue Hayakawa: Silent Cinema and Transnational Stardom by Daisuke Miyao, published 2007. Sessue Hayakawa: The Legend He starred in over 80 movies and has two films in the U.S. National Film Registry. His international stardom transitioned both silent films and talkies.

Of his English-language films, Hayakawa is probably best known for his role as Colonel Saito in the film The Bridge on the River Kwai, for which he received a nomination for Academy Award Best Supporting Actor in 1957. He also appeared as the pirate leader in Disney's Swiss Family Robinson in 1960. In addition to his film acting career,...
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