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James Saburo Shigeta (June 17, 1929 – July 28, 2014) was an American actor, singer, and musician of Japanese descent. He was noted for his roles in The Crimson Kimono (1959), Walk Like a Dragon (1960), Flower Drum Song (1961), Bridge to the Sun (1961), Die Hard (1988), and Mulan (1998). In 1960, he won the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer – Male, along with three other actors. In his early career, Shigeta often played romantic male lead roles, which were almost nonexistent for an actor of Asian descent during his time, making him a trailblazer in Asian American representation in media. The Goldsea Asian-American Daily magazine listed him as one of the "Most Inspiring Asian-Americans Of All Time". Before his Hollywood career he found success as a pop singer and performer abroad, especially in Japan and Australia.
Monday, June 17, 1929, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA
Monday, July 28, 2014
1959 The Crimson KimonoDetective Joe Kojaku 1961 Flower Drum SongWang Ta 1966 Paradise, Hawaiian StyleDanny Kohana 1968 Manila, Open CityCaptain Murakami 1973 Lost HorizonBrother To-Lenn 1974 The YakuzaGoro 1974 The Questor TapesDr. Chen 1976 MidwayVice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo 1980 Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic BombAbehata 1988 Die HardJoseph Yoshinobu Takagi 1989 CageTin Lum Yin 1997 DriveMr. Lau 1998 MulanGeneral Li (voice) 2000 BrotherSugimoto 2009 The People I've Slept WithCharles YangLimited to the 15 most popular items