Sessue Hayakawa

Alec Guinness as Col. Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
1889 - 1973

Sessue Hayakawa  Japanese Actor


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Sessue Hayakawa passed away on 23rd Nov 1973 aged 84.


Sessue Hayakawa was previously married to Tsuru Aoki (1914 - 1961).


Japanese Actor Sessue Hayakawa was born on 10th June, 1889 in Nanaura, Chiba, Japan and passed away on 23rd Nov 1973 Tokyo, Japan aged 84. He is most remembered for starred in over 80 movies and achieved stardom on three continents. He was also a producer, author, martial artist and an ordained Zen monk. His zodiac sign is Gemini.

Sessue Hayakawa was in an on-screen matchup with Anna May Wong in Daughter of the Dragon (1931).

Sessue Hayakawa is a member of the following lists: American male screenwriters, Japanese male stage actors and Japanese male silent film actors.


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First Name Sessue
Last Name Hayakawa
Age 84 (age at death) years
Birthday 10th June, 1889
Birthplace Nanaura, Chiba, Japan
Died 23rd November, 1973
Place of Death Tokyo, Japan
Cause of Death Cerebral Thrombosis
Build Athletic
Eye Color Brown - Dark
Hair Color Black
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Sexuality Straight
Religion Buddhist
Ethnicity Asian
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Text Actor
Occupation Actor
Claim to Fame starred in over 80 movies and achieved stardom on three continents. He was also a producer, author, martial artist and an ordained Zen monk
Year(s) Active 1914–1966
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Sessue Hayakawa (早川 雪洲, Hayakawa Sesshū, June 10, 1889 – November 23, 1973) was a Japanese Issei actor who starred in American, Japanese, French, German, and British films. Hayakawa was active at the outset of the American film industry. He was the first Asian actor to find stardom in the United States and Europe. He is the first Asian American as well as the first Japanese American movie star and the first Asian American leading man. His "broodingly handsome" good looks and typecasting as a sinister villain with sexual dominance made him a heartthrob among American women, and the first male sex symbol of Hollywood, several years in advance of Rudolph Valentino.

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Sessue Hayakawa84 GeminiActor
Tsuru Aoki69 VirgoActress


Junjô nijûsô1967TajimaMovie
The Daydreamer1966The MoleMovie
The Big Wave1961The Old ManMovie
Hell to Eternity1960Gen. MatsuiMovie
Swiss Family Robinson1960Kuala, Pirate ChiefMovie
Route 661960TakasukaTV Show
Green Mansions1959RuniMovie
The Geisha Boy1958Mr. SikitaMovie
The Bridge on the River Kwai1957Colonel SaitoMovie
Wagon Train1957Sakae ItoTV Show
House of Bamboo1955Inspector KitoMovie
Nihon yaburezu1954Movie
Kurama Tengu to Katsu Kaishû1953Awanokami KatsuMovie
Onna kanja himon - Akô rôshi1953Sakon TachibanaMovie
The Red Skelton Hour1951Japanese OfficerTV Show
Three Came Home1950Colonel SugaMovie
Re mizeraburu: kami to akuma1950Movie
The Motherland Far Far Away1950Joe HayamiMovie
Re mizeraburu: kami to jiyu no hata1950Movie
Tokyo Joe1949Baron KimuraMovie
Studio One in Hollywood1948Dr. SatoTV Show
Kraft Theatre1947TV Show
Quartier chinois1947TchangMovie
Le cabaret du grand large1946Professeur WangMovie
Soleil de minuit, Le1943MatsuiMovie
Gambling Hell1942Ying TchaïMovie
Patrouille blanche1942HallowayMovie
Tempête sur l'Asie1938Le prince LingMovie
Atarashiki tsuchi1937Iwao YamatoMovie
Forfaiture1937Prince Hu-LongMovie
Yoshiwara1937Ysamo, KuliMovie
Tojin Okichi1935Townsend HarrisMovie
Kuni o mamoru mono: Nichiren1935NichirenMovie
Bakugeki hikôtai1934Movie
Taiyo wa higashi yori1932KenjiMovie
Daughter of the Dragon1931Ah KeeMovie
Sessue Hayakawa in 'The Man Who Laughed Last'1929Movie
Sen Yan's Devotion1924Sen YanMovie
I Have Killed1924Hideo the antiquarianMovie
The Great Prince Shan1924Prince ShanMovie
The Battle1923Le Marquis YorisakaMovie
Five Days to Live1922Tai LeungMovie
Vermilion Pencil, The1922Tse Chan, The Unknown, Li ChanMovie
Black Roses1921YodaMovie
The First Born1921Chan WangMovie
The Swamp1921WangMovie
Where Lights Are Low1921T''Su Wong ShihMovie
An Arabian Knight1920AhmedMovie
Devil's Claim, The1920Akbar Khan, HassanMovie
The Beggar Prince1920Nikki, PrinceMovie
The Brand of Lopez1920Vasco LopezMovie
Li Ting Lang1920Li Ting LangMovie
The Dragon Painter1919Tatsu - the Dragon PainterMovie
The Tong Man1919Luk ChenMovie
A Heart in Pawn1919TomayaMovie
The Illustrious Prince1919Prince MaiyoMovie
Bonds of Honor1919Yamashito, SasamotoMovie
The Courageous Coward1919Suki IotaMovie
The Man Beneath1919Dr. Chindi AshutorMovie
His Debt1919Goto MariyamaMovie
The Bravest Way1918Kara TamuraMovie
City of Dim Faces, The1918Jang LungMovie
The Hidden Pearls1918Tom GarvinMovie
The Honor of His House1918Count Ito OnatoMovie
The Temple of Dusk1918AkiraMovie
The White Man's Law1918John A. GenghisMovie
His Birthright1918YukioMovie
Banzai1918The American GeneralMovie
The Bottle Imp1917LopakaMovie
The Secret Game1917Nara-NaraMovie
The Call of the East1917Arai TakadaMovie
Each to His Kind1917RhandahMovie
Forbidden Paths1917SatoMovie
Hashimura Togo1917Hashimura TogoMovie
The Jaguar's Claws1917El JaguarMovie
Alien Souls1916SakataMovie
The Honorable Friend1916MakinoMovie
The Victoria Cross1916AzimoolahMovie
The Soul of Kura San1916ToyoMovie
The Cheat1915Hishuru Tori (original release)Movie
Temptation1915Opera AdmirerMovie
After Five1915Oki - the ValetMovie
The Clue1915NogiMovie
The Secret Sin1915Lin FooMovie
The Chinatown Mystery1915Yo HongMovie
The Famine1915HorishoShort Film
The Wrath of the Gods1914Lord YamakiMovie
The Ambassador's Envoy1914KamuriShort Film
Hateful God, The1914Movie
The Last of the Line1914Tiah - Gray Otter's SonMovie
O Mimi San1914YorotomoShort Film
The Typhoon1914TokoramaMovie
The Geisha1914TakuraShort Film
A Relic of Old Japan1914KotoShort Film
The Death Mask1914Running WolfMovie
The Village 'Neath the Sea1914Red ElkMovie
The Courtship of O San1914ShotokuShort Film
The Curse of Caste1914KatoMovie
The Vigil1914KenjiroShort Film
A Tragedy of the Orient1914KatoShort Film
Mother of the Shadows1914Running ElkMovie
Nipped1914Taro KamuraShort Film
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