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Sessue Hayakawa (Kintarô Hayakawa)

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Biography

Nanaura, Chiba, Japan
Sessue Hayakawa was born in Chiba, Japan. His father was the provincial governor and his mother a member of an aristocratic family of the "samurai" class. The young Hayakawa wanted to follow in his father's footsteps and become a career officer in the Japanese navy, but he was turned down due to problems with his hearing.

The disappointed Hayakawa decided to make his career on the stage. He joined a Japanese theatrical company that eventually toured the United States in 1913. Pioneering film producer Thomas H. Ince spotted Hayakawa and offered him a movie contract. Read more...

Actor

Character: Baron Kimura

Tokyo Joe 1949

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Character: Inspector Kito

House of Bamboo 1955

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Character: Colonel Saito

The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957

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Character: Kuala, Pirate Chief

Swiss Family Robinson 1960

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Character: Himself

The Love Goddesses 1965

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Character: Gen. Matsui

Hell to Eternity 1960

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Character: Takasuka

Route 66 1960

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Character: Actor 'The Cheat'

Hollywood 1980

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