Die Hard actor James Shigeta has died at the age of 81. The Asian-American actor passed away on Monday (28Jul14), but the cause of his death has yet to be revealed.
The Honolulu-born star studied acting at New York University before joining the United States Marines and serving during the Korean War.
His career initially started in Japan as a recording artist, but had his big break in 1959 noir film The Crimson Kimono. The following year, he won the 1960 Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer along with George Hamilton, Troy Donahue and Barry Coe.
He went on to become the top Asian-American actor in the 1960s, starring in such films as Walk Like a Dragon, Cry for Happy, Bridge to the Sun, and Paradise, Hawaiian Style with Elvis Presley.
Another one of Shigeta's memorable roles came in 1961, in the feature adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway hit musical Flower Drum Song.
Later in his career, he went on to appear in hit movies such as Lost Horizon, Midway, Cage, Disney's Mulan, and Die Hard, in which he played ill-fated executive Joseph Takagi.
Shigeta also had roles on the small screen, including drama Medical Center, Little House on the Prairie, Fantasy Island, T.J. Hooker, The Love Boat, Magnum, P.I., Simon & Simon and Murder, She Wrote.
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Actress Rooney Mara has replaced Jessica Chastain in an upcoming film adaptation of award-winning book The Secret Scripture.
The Zero Dark Thirty star had been attached to star as a younger version of Vanessa Redgrave's lead character Roseanne in the project earlier this year (14), but she has since bowed out and now Mara will take over the role.
The film is based on Irish author Sebastian Barry's 2008 book of the same name, about a 100-year-old woman in a mental hospital who recounts her traumatic childhood in a secret memoir.
My Left Foot's Jim Sheridan will direct the movie, which will also star Jeremy Irons and Jack Reynor.
Production is due to begin in Ireland in September (14), according to Deadline.com.
Prison Break star Wentworth Miller is set to play the villain on the TV adaptation of comic book series The Flash after signing up to portray Leonard Snart. In the popular DC Comics, Snart's alter-ego, Captain Cold, is the leader of the Rogues, and a dastardly enemy of The Flash.
Grant Gustin will portray Barry Allen, who becomes the speedy superhero, on the show, which will debut in America later this year (14).
Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Jesse L. Martin, Candice Patton, Robbie Amell and Tom Cavanagh have also joined the cast.
Actor Robbie Amell is joining the cast of superhero TV series The Flash as one half of DC Comics duo Firestorm. The star will portray maintenance worker Ronnie Raymond, who plays a key role in transforming Grant Gustin's character Barry Allen into The Flash.
In the comics, Raymond is involved in a nuclear accident with physicist Martin Stein which allows them to fuse together to create the superhero Firestorm.
The role in the Arrow spin-off reunites Amell with his The Tomorrow People producer Greg Berlanti, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Amell says, "I'm so excited to join forces with Greg Berlanti and The CW (U.S. TV network) again on The Flash. Being brought into the DC Universe is a dream, I can't wait to get started!"
The Flash will premiere in America in October (14).
Bee Gees star Barry Gibb wants to see inside a nuclear submarine before he dies, and when he does pass he hopes it's onstage and quick. He says, "A heart attack onstage would be ideal, right in the middle of Stayin' Alive."
Bee Gees star Barry Gibb regrets the breakdown of his relationship with his brothers and wishes he was closer to them when they died. In a candid new Rolling Stone interview, the singer reveals he and late siblings Andy, Robin and Maurice had too many bad times and not enough good times during the height of their fame.
He admits he wasn't on great terms with twins Maurice and Robin when they passed away in 2003 and 2012, respectively, and Andy's sudden death in 1988 was a shock for the whole family, who didn't have time to say goodbye.
The Stayin' Alive hitmaker tells the publication, "My only regret is that we weren't great pals at the end. There was always an argument in some form.
"Andy left to go to L.A. because he wanted to make it on his own. Maurice was gone in two days, and we weren't getting on very well. Robin and I functioned musically, but we never functioned in any other way.
"We were brothers, but we weren't really friends. There were too many bad times... A few more good times would have been wonderful."
"We never discussed the case. We would just sit around and write and get drunk. Michael liked wine. There were a few nights when he just went to sleep on the floor." Bee Gees star Barry Gibb reveals Michael Jackson lived with him in Miami, Florida just before his child molestation trial a decade ago.