James Shigeta

Actor
After serving in the Korean War, Hawaiin-born James Shigeta built a successful career as a nightclub singer and supper club performer under the European-sounding name of 'Guy Brion' before being invited to record albums ... Read more »
Born: 06/17/1933 in Hawaii, USA

Filmography

Actor (44)

A Ribbon of Dreams 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The People I've Slept With 2010 (Movie)

Charles Yang (Actor)

Avatar: The Last Airbender 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

Brother 2001 (Movie)

Sugimoto (Actor)

Babylon 5 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Beverly Hills 90210 1999 (Tv Show)

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Drive 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Mulan 1998 (Movie)

of General Li (Voice)

Blood for Blood 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cage 2: The Arena of Death 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1986 - 1987, 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

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SeaQuest DSV 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

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China Cry 1990 (Movie)

Dr Sung (Actor)

Cage 1989 (Movie)

Tim Lum Yin (Actor)

Die Hard 1988 (Movie)

Takagi (Actor)

The Family Martinez 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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The Renegades 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Enola Gay 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Samurai 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Arthur Hailey's "The Moneychangers" 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Midway 1976 (Movie)

Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo (Actor)

The Killer Who Wouldn't Die 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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Matt Helm 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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The Yakuza 1974 (Movie)

Goro (Actor)

Lost Horizon 1972 (Movie)

Brother To-Lenn (Actor)

The Young Lawyers 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

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Escape to Mindanao 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

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U.M.C. 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

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Nobody's Perfect 1967 (Movie)

Toshi O'Hara (Actor)

Paradise Hawaiian Style 1966 (Movie)

Danny Kohana (Actor)

Bridge to the Sun 1961 (Movie)

Hidenari Terasaki/Terry (Actor)

Cry For Happy 1961 (Movie)

Suzuki (Actor)

Flower Drum Song 1961 (Movie)

Wang ta (Actor)

The Crimson Kimono 1959 (Movie)

Detective Joe Kojaku (Actor)

Carol For Another Christmas (TV Show)

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Matt Helm (Movie)

Tom McCauley (Actor)

Once an Eagle (TV Show)

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Samurai (Movie)

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Space Marines (TV Show)

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The Questor Tapes (TV Show)

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The Renegades (TV Show)

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Tomorrow's Child (TV Show)

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Biography

After serving in the Korean War, Hawaiin-born James Shigeta built a successful career as a nightclub singer and supper club performer under the European-sounding name of 'Guy Brion' before being invited to record albums in Japan. After spending years learning the language and performing in movies, radio shows, and stage productions, Shigeta returned to the United States in 1959 for an appearance on "The Dinah Shore Chevy Show." His suave, classy demeanor and smooth voice made him an instant star, and he soon landed roles in films like the interracial romantic drama "The Crimson Kimono," notable for its then-radical use of an Asian actor to play a detective. After portraying a nationalistic young Chinese man in the 1960 western "Walk Like a Dragon," Shigeta landed a lead role in the World War II drama "Bridge to the Sun." His portrayal of a Japanese diplomat victimized over his marriage to an American woman won critical praise, leading to his biggest role yet, the lovelorn Wang Ta in the feature film adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Flower Drum Song." Shigeta appeared in numerous TV series throughout the '60s and '70s, landing a recurring role as Dr. Osaka on the award-winning medical series "Medical Center." Later in his career, he portrayed doomed businessman Joseph Takagi in the surprise hit "Die Hard" and lent his voice to the 1998 Disney film "Mulan."

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