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Ken Watanabe

[ Watanabe, Ken ]
Profile and general info
Name in native language: 渡辺謙 (わたなべ けん)
Family name: Watanabe
Country: Japan
Birth date: Wednesday, October 21, [57 years old]
Birth place: Koide, Niigata, Japan
Agency: K Dash
Bio
Ken Watanabe (WATANABE Ken / 渡辺謙 / わたなべ けん) is a Japanese actor, born on Wednesday, October 21, 1959, in Koide, Niigata, Japan.
  • Profession: Actor
  • Height: 184cm
  • Weight: 80kg
  • Star sign: Libra
  • Blood type: A
  • Family: Wife/actress Minami Kaho, son/actor Watanabe Dai, and daughter/model Watanabe Anne (both from a previous relationship)
Trivia
  • Children: son, actor Dai Watanabe (born August 1st 1984) and daughter, Anne (born 1986).
  • Already extremely tall by Japanese standards, he gained a good amount of weight (about 20 pounds) to be an even more imposing presence for his role as Katsumoto in "The Last Samurai."
  • One of eight actors of Asian descent nominated for an Academy Award in an acting category. The others are Miyoshi Umeki who won Best Supporting Actress for Sayonara (1957), Sessue Hayakawa nominated for The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Mako nominated for The Sand Pebbles (1966), Ben Kingsley who won Best Actor for Gandhi (1982), Haing S. Ngor who won Best Supporting Actor for The Killing Fields (1984), Pat Morita nominated for The Karate Kid (1984), and Rinko Kikuchi nominated for Babel (2006).
  • Was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 1989. Since then he had fallen ill only once in 1994, but is now a fully recovered actor.
Filmography
As an actor:
  • 2010 Hei no naka no chûgakkô
  • 2010 Inception as Saito
  • 2010 Shanghai
  • 2010 Tômawari no ame
  • 2009 Saka no ue no kumo
  • 2009 Shizumanu taiyô
  • 2009 Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant as Mr. Tall
  • 2009 Keiji ichidai: Hiratsuka Hachibei no Shôwa jiken shi
  • 2007 Hoshi hitotsu no yoru
  • 2006 Letters from Iwo Jima as General Kuribayashi
  • 2006 Ashita no kioku
  • 2005 Memoirs of a Geisha as Chairman
  • 2005 Batman Begins as Ra's al Ghul
  • 2005 Batman Begins as Ra's Al Ghul
  • 2005 Kita no zeronen
  • 2004 Suna no utsuwa
  • 2003 The Last Samurai as Katsumoto
  • 2003 Joshi keimusho higashi 3 gô tô 4
  • 2003 Itan no natsu
  • 2003 T.R.Y.
  • 2002 Tô-san no natsumatsuri
  • 2002 Hi wa mata noboru
  • 2001 Chûshingura 1/47
  • 2001 Sennen no koi - Hikaru Genji monogatari
  • 2001 Oboreru sakana
  • 2001 Hôjô Tokimune
  • 2001 Ningen no shômei 2001
  • 2000 Zawa-zawa Shimo-Kitazawa
  • 2000 Supêsutoraberâzu
  • 2000 Hatsuru sokonaki
  • 2000 Ikebukuro West Gate park
  • 1998 Kizuna
  • 1997 Rajio no jikan
  • 1997 Gokenin Zankurô
  • 1996 Sushi kuinê 3: Nigire!! Tôkyô natsu no aji
  • 1996 Tetsuko no heya
  • 1992 Kimitachi ga ite boku ga iru II
  • 1992 Kimitachi ga ite boku ga iru
  • 1991 Bakumatsu jyunjyoden as Ryouma Sakamoto
  • 1990 Takeda Shingen
  • 1987 Dokugan-ryu Masamune
  • 1986 Umi to dokuyaku
  • 1985 Tampopo
  • 1985 Kekkon annai mystery
  • 1984 Setouchi shonen yakyu dan
  • 1984 Sanga moyu
  • 1983 Mibu no koiuta
  • 2009 Half Kenneth
  • 2006 Ashita no kioku
  • 2011 The 34th Annual Japan Academy Awards
  • 2010 Janela Indiscreta
  • 2010 HBO First Look
  • 2010 The 33rd Annual Japan Academy Awards
  • 2009 Tetsuko no heya
  • 2009 Waratte iitomo!
  • 2007 ETV tokushû
  • 2007 Earth
  • 2007 Live Earth
  • 2007 100 Nen Interview
  • 2007 The 79th Annual Academy Awards
  • 2006 Current TV
  • 2005 Sekai ga moshi hyaku nin no mura dattara 3
  • 2005 Tetsuko no heya 30nen special
  • 2005 Ashes and Snow
  • 2005 On the Set: Memoirs of a Geisha
  • 1986 Making of 'Tampopo'
  • 2006 Alberto Iglesias, el músico fiel
As a producer:
  • 2006 Ashita no kioku
  • 2011 The 34th Annual Japan Academy Awards
  • 2010 Janela Indiscreta
  • 2010 HBO First Look
  • 2010 The 33rd Annual Japan Academy Awards
  • 2009 Tetsuko no heya
  • 2009 Waratte iitomo!
  • 2007 ETV tokushû
  • 2007 Earth
  • 2007 Live Earth
  • 2007 100 Nen Interview
  • 2007 The 79th Annual Academy Awards
  • 2006 Current TV
  • 2005 Sekai ga moshi hyaku nin no mura dattara 3
  • 2005 Tetsuko no heya 30nen special
  • 2005 Ashes and Snow
  • 2005 On the Set: Memoirs of a Geisha
  • 1986 Making of 'Tampopo'
  • 2006 Alberto Iglesias, el músico fiel
(misc crew):
  • 2009 Half Kenneth
  • 2006 Ashita no kioku
  • 2011 The 34th Annual Japan Academy Awards
  • 2010 Janela Indiscreta
  • 2010 HBO First Look
  • 2010 The 33rd Annual Japan Academy Awards
  • 2009 Tetsuko no heya
  • 2009 Waratte iitomo!
  • 2007 ETV tokushû
  • 2007 Earth
  • 2007 Live Earth
  • 2007 100 Nen Interview
  • 2007 The 79th Annual Academy Awards
  • 2006 Current TV
  • 2005 Sekai ga moshi hyaku nin no mura dattara 3
  • 2005 Tetsuko no heya 30nen special
  • 2005 Ashes and Snow
  • 2005 On the Set: Memoirs of a Geisha
  • 1986 Making of 'Tampopo'
  • 2006 Alberto Iglesias, el músico fiel
Self:
  • 2011 The 34th Annual Japan Academy Awards
  • 2010 Janela Indiscreta
  • 2010 HBO First Look
  • 2010 The 33rd Annual Japan Academy Awards
  • 2009 Tetsuko no heya
  • 2009 Waratte iitomo!
  • 2007 ETV tokushû
  • 2007 Earth
  • 2007 Live Earth
  • 2007 100 Nen Interview
  • 2007 The 79th Annual Academy Awards
  • 2006 Current TV
  • 2005 Sekai ga moshi hyaku nin no mura dattara 3
  • 2005 Tetsuko no heya 30nen special
  • 2005 Ashes and Snow
  • 2005 On the Set: Memoirs of a Geisha
  • 1986 Making of 'Tampopo'
  • 2006 Alberto Iglesias, el músico fiel

Videos

External links

Profile at HogaCentral
link to: http://www.hogacentral.com/People_KW.html
«He has a good reputation for his roles in Samurai movies. Especially "Gokenin Zankuro" ,which lasted 5 series, must be one of his most important works. In the last and 50th episode he even directed and starred himself. His innovative direction also became a topic.of discussion. Another work which sh...» (show all)
Official profile
link to: http://www.kdash.jp/profile/kdash/watanabe_ken/

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Movies

Filmography

(partial)
Ronin 1/47Ronin 1/47

Chushingura 1/47

Year: 2001

Space TravelersSpace Travelers

Supêsutoraberazu

as Sakamaki ("Crusher")

Year: 2000




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