Gedde Watanabe

Although he's appeared in numerous movies and television shows since the mid-'80s, Gedde Watanabe is still widely recognized for his comical portrayal of foreign exchange student Long Duk Dong in "Sixteen Candles" ... Read more »
Born: 06/26/1955 in Ogden, Utah, USA

Filmography

Actor (44)

Don't You Forget About Me 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Shifting the Canvas 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

47 Ronin 3D 2013 (Movie)

Troupe Leader (Kabuki Actor) (Actor)

Parental Guidance 2012 (Movie)

Mr. Cheng (Actor)

Not Forgotten 2009 (Movie)

Agent Nakamura (Actor)

Forgetting Sarah Marshall 2008 (Movie)

Hotel Manager (Actor)

The Onion Movie 2007 (Movie)

James Nakatami (Actor)

The Simpsons 1997, 2006 (Tv Show)

Voice

Everwood 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Two for the Money 2005 (Movie)

Milton (Actor)

Alfie 2004 (Movie)

Wing (Actor)

I Love the '80s Strikes Back 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

ER 1997 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law: The Movie 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

My Wife and Kids 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Slackers 2002 (Movie)

Japanese Proctor (Actor)

Sixteen Candles: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Secret Agent Man 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Edtv 1999 (Movie)

Greg (Actor)

Guinevere 1999 (Movie)

Ed (Actor)

Home Improvement 1989 - 1990, 1996 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Mulan 1998 (Movie)

of Ling (Voice)

Mad About You 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murphy Brown 1989 - 1990, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nick and Jane 1997 (Movie)

Enzo (Actor)

Seinfeld 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

That Thing You Do! 1996 (Movie)

Play-Tone Photographer (Actor)

Boys on the Side 1995 (Movie)

Steve (Actor)

Count on Me 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Perfect Alibi 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Drexell's Class 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990 (Movie)

Katsuji (Actor)

The Spring 1989 (Movie)

Matty (Actor)

UHF 1989 (Movie)

Kuni (Actor)

Gung Ho 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Gung Ho 1986 (Movie)

Kazihiro (Actor)

Vamp 1986 (Movie)

Duncan (Actor)

Volunteers 1985 (Movie)

At Toon (Actor)

Sixteen Candles 1984 (Movie)

Long Duk Dong (Actor)

Down Home (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Although he's appeared in numerous movies and television shows since the mid-'80s, Gedde Watanabe is still widely recognized for his comical portrayal of foreign exchange student Long Duk Dong in "Sixteen Candles" (1984). In the film, a coming-of-age teen dramedy directed by John Hughes, Watanabe uttered several memorable phrases, such as "What's happenin', hot stuff?" and "Oh, sexy girlfriend," which have become as important to the American film lexicon as "Here's looking at you, kid." When the film was released in 1984, Watanabe received his share of outrage from those who believed his portrayal of Long Duk Dong to be overtly stereotypical of Asian-Americans. However, Watanabe never allowed himself to be sidetracked by criticism, and has since gone on to have a long career as a film, television and stage actor.

Milestones

1997

Recurring role on "ER"

1986

First series regular role on "Gung Ho"

1984

Breakout performance as Long Duk Dong

Bonus Trivia

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Although he protrays an Asian exchange student in "Sixteen Candles," Watanabe's first and only language is English.

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Worked as a street singer in San Francisco's Chinatown neighborhood while struggling as a stage actor.

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