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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 14 September 1967New York City, New York, USA
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Keisuke Hoashi is an actor, writer, and producer, easily recognized from over 80 national commercials and 70 memorable guest-starring appearances on hit TV shows, including Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Bob's Burgers, and Mad Men.

Keisuke (pronounced "Case-Kay") is known for his mild-mannered appearance, deadpan wit, and ability to play over-the-top characters, both American and Japanese.

In 2015, he used all these trademark skills on Jimmy Kimmel Live! as a Sanrio rep defending Hello Kitty's honor. ("Hello Kitty is not a cat.") He appeared on Bob's Burgers 2015 season finale (episode "Hawk and Chick") as the voice of Japanese action movie star Hawk 'Koji' Kojima.

Keisuke frequently plays doctors and businessmen, with recent credits on Jane the Virgin, The Fosters, Henry Danger, and the upcoming HBO series Big Little Lies. He has also had memorable guest-starring roles on Mad Men, Heroes, Glee, and the cult hit Better off Ted.

In addition to film and TV, Keisuke has performed in many stage productions with the Venture West Theatre Company, the Classical Theatre Lab, Gily Productions, and Fire Rose Productions, and was one sprained ankle away from appearing in "Paint Your Wagon" at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

A writer and musician, he wrote, produced, and performed in the world's first Martial Arts Musical Comedy, "Memoirs of a Ninja," with composer Brian Lewis. The satirical work won five Maddy Awards, five Garland Awards, and was honored as a "The Best Theatre 2000" pick by NiteLife After Dark magazine.

In 2006, he co-founded the New York Summer Music Festival, a summer camp for talented young musicians ages 10 to 25. He created their "Hollywood in Oneonta" program and taught daily classes in filmmaking, acting, and original musical theatre production until conflicts with his acting schedule in Los Angeles forced him to pass the torch in 2013.

In 2016, Keisuke will open MiPAC, the Michigan Performing Arts Camp, with fellow owner/operator Timothy Martuch. Hosted at Adrian College in Adrian, MI, the camp will have up to 200 campers a week; perform 25 public concerts; offer over 30 ensembles and classes; and feature the campers' original music and theatre works.

Keisuke holds a Masters in Technical Communication from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a B.A. in English from the State University of New York, Potsdam. He is a native of Queens, New York and a graduate of Stuyvesant High School.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Biographer_LA

Trivia (20)

Holds a Masters Degree in Technical Communication with a Graphics Certificate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY.
BA English Writing from Potsdam College, State University of New York. Award for Excellence in Journalism. Graduated only one credit short of earning a second BA in Music.
Worked as a technical writer, graphic designer, and project manager at AT&T Global Information Systems, NCR, and IBM. Earned multiple awards for Educational and Information Product Development, focusing on computer-based and web-based training, years before such tools were in common usage.
Employed as writer, editor, and graphic designer for the New York State Assembly.
Attended the New York State Music Camp NYSMC 1982-1984 as a trumpet player. Twenty years later, was invited to join the faculty of the camp (renamed the Hartwick College Summer Music Festival and Institute HCSMF&I) as their new Musical Theater instructor. Added new courses in Acting and Filmmaking for the first time in the camp's history, which began in 1947.
Los Angeles, California. [February 2014]
Appeared as a Honda executive on Mad Men, sitting at a conference table with creative director Don Draper. In real life, Keisuke's father was a "mad man" in 1960s New York, working in the advertising and graphic design fields in offices on Madison Avenue.

Keisuke's father Jitsuo started as a manga artist with Shogakukan in Tokyo; studied typography and graphic design with Osamu Tezuka in Kobe, Japan; and immigrated to America from Japan in the 1960s, where he soon became the Promotion and Corporate Art Director of Esquire, Inc.

In 1979, Jitsuo founded Hoashi Studio, Inc. (later Hoashi Communications Inc.) on Madison Avenue in NYC. His wife Tomoe later joined him as the firm's CFO.
Has two sisters.
A graduate of Stuyvesant High School in New York City. Other actors from Stuy include Lucy Liu, Tim Robbins, and Paul Reiser.
Suffered a minor sword wound while shooting a commercial on location in Segovia, Spain.
Voiced narration for an online supplement to the popular video game Halo.
In one of his early acting jobs, he performed in an industrial video about business travel in Japan, opposite Rainn Wilson.
Represented theatrically by Marshak and Mills Management (Darryl Marshak, Alan Mills, Lauren Kaplan, Jack Flanagan). Represented commercially by Susan Nathe for his entire career, which began with his first commercial in 1994 for Burger King.
Joe Pytka, legendary commercial director, has cast him multiple times in spots for IBM, American Express, and GE.
Appears as a TV news reporter in the dystopian futuristic film "Half- Life," directed by Sundance Lab graduate and Sundance festival nominee Jennifer Phang.
Has provided documentary voiceover as the narrator of "Moments in Time" by Terra Nova Television.
Has won six Maddy Awards for live theatre, including one for his portrayal of "Sakini" in the 1950s classic, "The Teahouse of the August Moon".
Is often cast in roles written for non­-Asians. His first theatre role was the lead singer and dancer in "My Fair Lady." Has also played "Elisha J. Whitney" in "Anything Goes," a Mohawk Indian in "Hearts of Fire," and "Mr. Thomson" in "1776," as part of the "90 Miles off Broadway" theatre company in New Paltz, NY. In 2004 he appeared with John Stuart Wildman and Phil Lamaar in the sketch comedy show "A Life in the Theatre and Beyond," in which he played every ethnicity and race except Asian.
As a teacher, he proudly produced more than 20 original one-­act musicals and over 100 short films, all of which were written, directed, composed, and filmed by his students, some as young as 10 years of age.
In 2005, Keisuke co-founded the New York Summer Music Festival (NYSMF), a music camp for middle- and high-school students. He served as the Director of Communications until 2013. His duties included corporate identity, graphic design, website design and coding; database programmer, administrator, and analyst; Resident Actor, Faculty Instructor, Teacher of classes in acting, filmmaking, and original musical theatre production; staff and counselor training, head of media production, official camp videographer & photographer; liaison with Yamaha Orchestral Instruments, the Oneonta Outlaws (previously Oneonta Tigers) baseball team, and official Voice of the Camp.

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