Established himself as a villainous mainstay of the silent era with his appearances in "The Typhoon" (1914) and C. B. DeMille's "The Cheat" (1915). After his appearance in the latter, Hayakawa became...
Formed Hayakawa Feature Play Company; produced four films
Put under contract by Paramount Pictures
Screenwriter "The Swamp"
Toured American West with his Japanese Imperial Company
Left Hollywood in the late 1920s to return to Japan
Made one-shot return to American films in "Daughter of the Dragon"
Returned to the USA after WWII
Final feature, "The Day Dreamer"
Began stage career in Japan
Formed production company Haworth Film Corporation
Starred in "The Cheat", directed by Cecil B DeMille
Moved to USA to attend University of Chicago
Returned to Japan after graduation; founded theater company
Won Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for role as POW camp comandant in "The Bridge on the River Kwai"
Established himself as a villainous mainstay of the silent era with his appearances in "The Typhoon" (1914) and C. B. DeMille's "The Cheat" (1915). After his appearance in the latter, Hayakawa became the first person of Asian descent to reach star status in Hollywood film (his wife, Tsuri Aoki, also acted in silent films). After a lengthy stay in Europe, Hayakawa made a US comeback as a character player, earning acclaim and a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his performance as a steely-eyed Japanese officer in "The Bridge on the River Kwai" (1957).
born September 9, 1892 in Tokyo; married 1914 until her death on October 18, 1961 in Tokyo