Sessue Hayakawa

Actor, Screenwriter, Producer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 06/10/1889 in Japan

Filmography

Actor (17)

The Big Wave 1962 (Movie)

Old Gentleman (Actor)

Hell to Eternity 1960 (Movie)

General Matsui (Actor)

The Swiss Family Robinson 1960 (Movie)

Kuala--the Pirate Chief (Actor)

Green Mansions 1958 (Movie)

Runi (Actor)

The Geisha Boy 1958 (Movie)

Mr Sikita (Actor)

The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 (Movie)

Colonel Saito (Actor)

House of Bamboo 1955 (Movie)

Inspector Kita (Actor)

Tokyo Joe 1949 (Movie)

(Actor)

J'ai Tue! 1923 (Movie)

Hideo (Actor)

The Last of the Line 1913 (Movie)

(Actor)

Daughter of the Dragon (Movie)

Ah Kee (Actor)

Temptation (Movie)

Opera Admirer (Actor)

The Cheat (Movie)

Tori (Actor)

The Devil's Claim (Movie)

Akbar Kahn (Actor)

The Secret Game (Movie)

Nara-Nara (Actor)

The Tong Man (Movie)

(Actor)

Three Came Home (Movie)

Col. Suga (Actor)

Biography

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).

Relationships

Tsuru Aoki

Wife
born September 9, 1892 in Tokyo married 1914 until her death on October 18, 1961 in Tokyo

EDUCATION

University of Chicago

Chicago , Illinois

Milestones

1966

Final feature, "The Day Dreamer"

1957

Won Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for role as POW camp comandant in "The Bridge on the River Kwai"

1931

Made one-shot return to American films in "Daughter of the Dragon"

1921

Formed Hayakawa Feature Play Company; produced four films

1921

Screenwriter "The Swamp"

1918

Formed production company Haworth Film Corporation

1915

Starred in "The Cheat", directed by Cecil B DeMille

1915

Put under contract by Paramount Pictures

1914

Made first film for Thomas Ince, "The Typhoon"

1913

Toured American West with his Japanese Imperial Company

1908

Began stage career in Japan

Left Hollywood in the late 1920s to return to Japan

Moved to USA to attend University of Chicago

Returned to Japan after graduation; founded theater company

Returned to the USA after WWII

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