Kaho Minami
(Movies & TV)
Yoko Narahashi
Haruki Kadokawa
(Movies & TV)
Yukio Ninagawa
Clint Eastwood
(Movies & TV)
Gus Van Sant
(Movies & TV)

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Ken Watanabe

Knowledge Identifier: +Ken_Watanabe


Ken Watanabe

Japanese stage, film, and television actor add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1959.

Countries: United States (46%), Japan (31%), Canada (8%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Kaho Minami, Yoko Narahashi, Haruki Kadokawa

Linked to: Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor, Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association, Canon Inc., The Asahi Shimbun Company




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Ken Watanabe was born in 1959 add something


After graduating from high school in 1978, Watanabe moved to Tokyo to begin his acting career, getting his big break with the Tokyo-based theater troupe En. While with the troupe, he was cast as the hero in the play "Shimodani Mannencho Monogatari", under Yukio Ninagawa's direction add something


After graduation from high school, in 1978 he aimed to enter Musashino Academia Musicae, a conservatory in Tokyo add something


Kichitaro Negishi - Despite his success in the late 1980s, Negishi worked only sparingly for the next 15 years: a 1992 film based on the manga series "Kach? K?saku Shima", the short feature "Chibusa" about a man caring for his leukemia-stricken wife, and "Kizuna" , a thriller about a former yakuza with K?ji Yakusho and Ken Watanabe


In 1982, he made his first TV appearance in "Michinaru Hanran" , and his first appearance on TV as a samurai in "Mibu no koiuta" add something


In 1983, Watanabe married his first wife, Yumiko add something


He made his feature-film debut in 1984 with "MacArthur's Children" add something


Watanabe is mostly known in Japan for playing samurai, as in the 1987 "Dokuganryu Masamune" the 50-episode NHK drama add something


In 1989 Watanabe was diagnosed with bone marrow leukemia, but he later recovered add something


In 1989, while filming Haruki Kadokawa's "Heaven and Earth", Watanabe was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia add something


He returned to acting while simultaneously undergoing chemotherapy treatments, but in 1991 suffered a relapse add something


He co-starred with Koji Yakusho in the 1998 "Kizuna", for which he was nominated for the Japanese Academy award for Best Supporting Actor add something


In 2002, he quit the En theatre group where he had his start and joined the K-Dash agency add something


Watanabe was introduced to most Western audiences when he was cast in the 2003 film "The Last Samurai" by prominent Japanese film producer Yoko Narahashi add something


In 2004, he was featured in "People Magazine" 's "50 Most Beautiful People" edition add something


Watanabe appeared in the 2005 film "Memoirs of a Geisha", playing Chairman Iwamura add something


In March 2005, following two years of arbitration, he and Yumiko were divorced add something


Kaho Minami - She has been married to actor Ken Watanabe since December 3, 2005


In 2006 Watanabe revealed in his autobiography "Dare- - Who Am I-" that he has hepatitis C add something


In 2006, he starred in Clint Eastwood's "Letters from Iwo Jima", playing Tadamichi Kuribayashi add something


In 2006, he won Best Lead Actor at the Japanese Academy awards for his role in "Memories of Tomorrow ", in which he played a patient with Alzheimer's Disease add something


At a press conference held 23 May 2006 in Tokyo's Ginza district, he said he was in good condition but was still undergoing treatment add something


Hawaii International Film Festival - Ken Watanabe received honors in 2006


Among other awards, he has won the Japan Academy Prize for Best Actor twice, in 2007 for "Memories of Tomorrow" and in 2010 for "Shizumanu Taiy?" add something


In August 2008, Dai had his first child, making Ken a grandfather at the age of 48 add something


In 2009, he appeared in "The Vampire's Assistant" add something


Ellen Page - In August 2009, Page began shooting the thriller "Inception", a film directed by Christopher Nolan and co-starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ken Watanabe


In 2010, he co-starred in "Inception", where he stars as Saito, a mark-turned-benefactor businessman of the film's heist team add something


Initially Minami and Ken did not hold any wedding ceremony, but in 2010, marking their fifth anniversary, they announced that they had held a ceremony in Los Angeles add something


On March 13, 2011, he launched a YouTube page to raise awareness about the 2011 T?hoku earthquake and tsunami and invited celebrities to add their videos add something


Unforgiven - A Japanese remake directed by Lee Sang-il and staring Ken Watanabe was released in 2013


As of 2014, Watanabe has two grandchildren add something


He is set to make his Broadway debut this April 2015 in Lincoln Center Theatre's revival production of "The King and I" in the title role add something


Jose Llana - On June 18, 2015, it was announced that Llana will succeed Ken Watanabe in the role of the King of Siam in Lincoln Center's Tony-winning revival of The King and I


On February 9, 2016, it was revealed Watanabe had been diagnosed with stomach cancer and would postpone scheduled performances to undergo necessary treatment add something


In May 2016, Watanabe's only daughter, Anne, gave birth to the twin girl that make him as grandfather of four grandchildren add something


Jordan Gavaris - In 2016, Gavaris appeared in a supporting role in the film "Sea of Trees", directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe


On May 17, 2018, Kaho Minami's agency announced that Minami and Watanabe had divorced after he had admitted having an extra-marital affair add something


Watanabe will be reprising his role at the London Palladium in London's West End in June 2018, again opposite Kelli O'Hara add something