James Shigeta

James Shigeta


  • Known For: Acting
  • Birthday: 17-06-1929
  • Gender: Male
  • Place of Birth: Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA
  • Also Known As:

    James Saburo Shigeta

  • Popularity: 3.07
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James Saburo Shigeta (June 17, 1929 – July 28, 2014) was an American actor, singer, and musician of Japanese descent. He was noted for his roles in The Crimson Kimono (1959), Walk Like a Dragon (1960), Flower Drum Song (1961), Bridge to the Sun (1961), Die Hard (1988), and Mulan (1998). In 1960, he won the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer – Male, along with three other actors. In his early career, Shigeta often played romantic male lead roles, which were almost nonexistent for an actor of Asian descent during his time, making him a trailblazer in Asian American representation in media. The Goldsea Asian-American Daily magazine listed him as one of the "Most Inspiring Asian-Americans Of All Time". Before his Hollywood career he found success as a pop singer and performer abroad, especially in Japan and Australia.




Year Movie Character
1961 Flower Drum Song as Wang Ta
1967 Death Walks in Laredo as Lester Koto
1961 Bridge to the Sun as Hidenari Terasaki
1999 Qigong: Ancient Chinese Healing for the 21st Century as Narrator
1987 Yorktown: A Time to Heal as Admiral Nogura
1959 The Crimson Kimono as Detective Joe Kojaku
1966 Paradise, Hawaiian Style as Danny Kohana
1961 Cry for Happy as Harue
1968 Manila, Open City as Captain Murakami
1990 China Cry: A True Story as Dr. Sung
1960 Walk Like a Dragon as Cheng Lu
1994 Cage II: The Arena of Death as Tin Lum Yin
2009 The People I've Slept With as Charles Yang
1974 The Questor Tapes as Dr. Chen
1979 Samurai as Takeo Chisato
1964 A Carol for Another Christmas as The Doctor
1994 Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die as Det. Whoo
1969 The Young Lawyers as Lee Ahn
1976 The Killer Who Wouldn't Die as David Lao
1968 Nobody's Perfect as Diver Toshi O'Hara
1989 Cage as Tin Lum Yin
1988 Die Hard as Joseph Yoshinobu Takagi
1974 The Yakuza as Goro
1973 Lost Horizon as Brother To-Lenn
2006 The Slanted Screen as Himself
2000 Brother as Sugimoto
1988 Slaying the Dragon
1980 Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb as Abehata
1982 The Renegades as Jimmy Lee
1976 Midway as Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo
1996 Space Marines as Ambassador Nakamura
1998 Mulan as General Li (voice)
2007 Hollywood Chinese as Himself
1997 Drive as Mr. Lau

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