James Shigeta

James Shigeta, Caroll Baker in Bridge to the Sun 1961
1933 - 2014

James Shigeta  American Actor


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James Shigeta passed away on 28th Jul 2014 aged 81.


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American Actor James Shigeta was born James Saburo Shigeta on 17th June, 1933 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA and passed away on 28th Jul 2014 Los Angeles, California, USA aged 81. He is most remembered for Flower Drum Song (1961). His zodiac sign is Gemini.

James Shigeta is a member of the following lists: Musicians from Honolulu, Hawaii, Male actors from Honolulu, Hawaii and 2014 deaths.


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First Name James
Middle Name Saburo
Last Name Shigeta
Full Name at Birth James Saburo Shigeta
Age 81 (age at death) years
Birthday 17th June, 1933
Birthplace Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Died 28th July, 2014
Place of Death Los Angeles, California, USA
Height 5' 9½" (177 cm)
Build Average
Eye Color Brown - Dark
Hair Color Black
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Sexuality Straight
Ethnicity Asian
Nationality American
University New York University where he majored in English.
Occupation Text Actor, Vocalist
Occupation Actor
Claim to Fame Flower Drum Song (1961)
Year(s) Active 1959–present, 1959–2009, Musical career
Instrument (text) Piano
Record Label Toho Records, Choreo Records, Decca, Ava Records
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling) CESD Talent Agency
Official Websites www.nndb.com/people/135/000132736/, www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=133498190

James S. Shigeta (June 17, 1929 – July 28, 2014) was an American film and television actor. He was also a standards singer, musical theatre and nightclub performer, and recording artist. He was a Sansei or third-generation American of Japanese ancestry. He was noted for his roles in Flower Drum Song (1961), Die Hard (1988), and Mulan (1998). In 1960, he won the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer – Male, along with 3 other actors.

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Space Marines1996Ambassador NakamuraMovie
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The Love Boat1977Bud's FatherTV Show
Midway1976Vice Admiral Chuichi NagumoMovie
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Once an Eagle1976Lin Tso-HanTV Show
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Kung Fu1972Col. Lin PeiTV Show
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The Young Lawyers1969Lee AhnTV Show
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Deborah WaddellNov 9, 2009

I fell in Love with the orient and James Shigeta when I was 12 years old. I stated then that I would marry a man from the orient, (I wanted to marry James Shigeta)I married my husband who was born in Bangkok Thailand In 1949 and lived there for many years. He is very oriential in many of his habbits and all his favorit foods are thai food. Dreams do come true-well mosely. I didn`t marry James Shigeta, but then I figure he is larger then life like all movie stars, If I married him then I would not have anyone to dream about in the far off dream world. sigh...I am just an ole woman now.. ho hum....

melinda mullinsAug 18, 2008

James Shigeta is a very talented actor and handsome of course. Im the younger generation butby watching tcm i discover another actor. I diffenently think he s nice looking. I am glad to watch the older movies and learn about actors I never knew. Thanks TCM.

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