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James Shigeta (1929–2014)


Hawaiian-born James Shigeta was, for a time, the biggest East Asian U.S. star the country had known for decades. His up-and-down career reflected the country's changing interest in films with East Asian themes, but, when called upon, he filled both A-movie starring roles and minor T.V. guest appearances with the same cool and classy style. An ... See full bio »

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 2009 The People I've Slept With
Charles Yang
 2004 Threat Matrix (TV Series)
Kang Sok-Joo
- PPX (2004) ... Kang Sok-Joo
 2002 A Ribbon of Dreams
Jimmy Chan
 2000/I Brother
Sugimoto
 1998 Mulan
General Li (voice)
 1997 Drive
Mr. Lau
 1997 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest (TV Series)
Mr. Yamashiro / Japanese Prime Minister / Inspector Mantjur
- Night of the Zinja (1997) ... Mr. Yamashiro / Japanese Prime Minister (voice)
- Diamonds and Jade (1997) ... Inspector Mantjur (voice)
 1996 Cybill (TV Series)
Mr. Matsuzaki
- Cybill and Maryann Go to Japan (1996) ... Mr. Matsuzaki
 1996 Space Marines
Ambassador Nakamura
 1995 Midnight Man
Mao Mak
 1994 Cage II
Tin Lum Yin
 1994 Babylon 5 (TV Series)
Taro Isogi
- Spider in the Web (1994) ... Taro Isogi
 1993-1994 Renegade (TV Series)
Hideo Maruyama / Mr. Ota
- Black Wind (1994) ... Hideo Maruyama
- Samurai (1993) ... Mr. Ota
 1994 Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die (TV Movie)
Det. Whoo
 1987-1992 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Luc Lee / John Sukahara
- Sugar & Spice, Malice & Vice (1992) ... Luc Lee
- The Corpse Flew First Class (1987) ... John Sukahara
 1990 China Cry: A True Story
Dr. Sung
 1989 Dragnet (TV Series)
Mr. Minn
- The Payback (1989) ... Mr. Minn
 1989 Jake and the Fatman (TV Series)
 1989 A Peaceable Kingdom (TV Series)
Dr Okawa
- Snake Bite (1989) ... Dr Okawa
 1989 Cage
Tin Lum Yin
 1989 Mission: Impossible (TV Series)
Ki
- The Lions (1989) ... Ki
 1984-1988 Simon & Simon (TV Series)
Chen / Musashi Sato / Daniel Yoshiro
- Tale of the Tiger (1988) ... Chen
- Opposites Attack (1987) ... Musashi Sato
- Revolution #9-1/2 (1984) ... Daniel Yoshiro
 1987 Deadly Nightmares (TV Series)
Nishi
- Perfect Order (1987) ... Nishi
 1983-1986 Magnum, P.I. (TV Series)
Mr. Obotu / Dr. Richard Enoka
- Paper War (1986) ... Mr. Obotu
 1986 The Family Martinez (TV Movie)
Judge Yamamoto
 1985 Airwolf (TV Series)
Colonel Tranh Van Zung
- The American Dream (1985) ... Colonel Tranh Van Zung
 1984 Matt Houston (TV Series)
Lin Ha
- Blood Money (1984) ... Lin Ha
 1983 Masquerade (TV Series)
Makko
- Girls for Sale (1983) ... Makko
 1983 T.J. Hooker (TV Series)
Chow Duc Khan
- Chinatown (1983) ... Chow Duc Khan
 1982 The Renegades (TV Movie)
Jimmy Lee
 1982 Strike Force (TV Series)
- Chinatown (1982)
 1982 Tomorrow's Child (TV Movie)
Donald Shibura
 1982 The Greatest American Hero (TV Series)
Colonel Shawn Liang
- The Hand-Painted Thai (1982) ... Colonel Shawn Liang
 1980 Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb (TV Movie)
Field Marshall Abehata
 1979 Samurai (TV Movie)
Takeo Chisato
 1979 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
General Lin Sun
- Spending Spree/The Hunted (1979) ... General Lin Sun
 1978 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
Clement Chin
- Heartaches of a Fool (1978) ... Clement Chin
 1978 Police Woman (TV Series)
Bernie Kim
- The Human Rights of Tiki Kim (1978) ... Bernie Kim
 1977 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (TV Series)
Kapala
- Wipe-Out (1977) ... Kapala
 1977 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
Sam Wing
- To Live with Fear: Part 2 (1977) ... Sam Wing
 1976 Arthur Hailey's the Moneychangers (TV Mini-Series)
Wizard Wong
- Part IV (1976) ... Wizard Wong
- Part III (1976) ... Wizard Wong (credit only)
- Part II (1976) ... Wizard Wong (credit only)
- Part I (1976) ... Wizard Wong (credit only)
 1976 Once an Eagle (TV Mini-Series)
Lin Tso-Han
 1976 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Prosecutor
- The Thrill Killers: Part 2 (1976) ... Prosecutor
- The Thrill Killers: Part 1 (1976) ... Prosecutor
 1976 The Killer Who Wouldn't Die (TV Movie)
David Lao
 1976 S.W.A.T. (TV Series)
Lieutenant Eddie Chew
- The Chinese Connection (1976) ... Lieutenant Eddie Chew
 1976 Ellery Queen (TV Series)
Stephen Yang
- The Adventure of the Judas Tree (1976) ... Stephen Yang
 1975 Matt Helm (TV Series)
Tom McCauley
- Matt Helm (1975) ... Tom McCauley
 1975 Khan! (TV Series)
- Triad (1975)
 1974-1975 Kung Fu (TV Series)
Col. Lin Pei / Master Kwan Li
- The Garments of Rage (1974) ... Master Kwan Li
 1974 The Yakuza
Goro
 1974 Emergency! (TV Series)
Nathan O'Brien
- Foreign Trade (1974) ... Nathan O'Brien
 1974 The Questor Tapes (TV Movie)
Dr. Chen
 1973 Lost Horizon
Brother To-Lenn
 1969-1972 Medical Center (TV Series)
Resident Doctor / Dr. Osaka / Doctor Osaka / ...
- Conflict (1972) ... Doctor Osaka
- Deadly Encounter (1970) ... Dr. Osaka
- Brink of Doom (1970) ... Dr. Osaka
- The V.D. Story (1970) ... Dr. Osaka
 1969-1971 Ironside (TV Series)
Toshio Watari / Il Pak Soong
- No Motive for Murder (1971) ... Toshio Watari
- Love My Enemy (1969) ... Il Pak Soong
 1970 Mission: Impossible (TV Series)
Shiki
- Butterfly (1970) ... Shiki
 1969 The Young Lawyers (TV Series)
Lee Ahn
- Pilot (1969) ... Lee Ahn
 1968 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Joseph Matsukino
- Deathwatch (1968) ... Joseph Matsukino
 1968 Escape to Mindanao (TV Movie)
Lt. Takahashi
 1968 It Takes a Thief (TV Series)
Fong Sing
- When Good Friends Get Together (1968) ... Fong Sing
 1968 Nobody's Perfect
Diver Toshi O'Hara
 1968 Manila, Open City
Captain Murakami
 1967 The Mystery of the Chinese Junk
George Ti Ming
 1966 3 pistole contro Cesare
Lester Kato
 1965 I Spy (TV Series)
Tommy
- Three Hours on a Sunday Night (1965) ... Tommy
 1964-1965 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Dr. Harvey Lee / Father Michael Hsueh
- The Evidence of Things Not Seen (1964) ... Father Michael Hsueh
 1965 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Ward Toyama
- The Case of the Wrongful Writ (1965) ... Ward Toyama
 1965 The Bing Crosby Show (TV Series)
Joe
 1964 A Carol for Another Christmas (TV Movie)
The Doctor
 1963-1964 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
AIO Capt. Newa / Major Jong
- The Inheritors: Part 1 (1964) ... AIO Capt. Newa
- Nightmare (1963) ... Major Jong
 1964 The Lieutenant (TV Series)
Capt. Myang Dee
- To Kill a Man (1964) ... Capt. Myang Dee
 1964 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Sidney Ying
- Who Killed the Paper Dragon? (1964) ... Sidney Ying
 1963 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Dr. Roy Shigera
- One Clear, Bright Thursday Morning (1963) ... Dr. Roy Shigera
 1962 Naked City (TV Series)
James Kam
- The Contract (1962) ... James Kam
 1961 Playdate (TV Series)
Major Ri
- The Cell 5 Experience (1961) ... Major Ri
 1961 Flower Drum Song
Wang Ta
 1961 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series)
Captain
- The Fortress (1961) ... Captain
 1961 Bridge to the Sun
Hidenari Terasaki
 1961 Cry for Happy
Suzuki
 1960 Walk Like a Dragon
Cheng Lu
 1959 The Crimson Kimono
Det. Joe Kojaku
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5' 9½" (1.77 m)
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I think an actor's life is necessarily self-involved. And that's what I would like to get away from. See more »

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His publicist was Jeffrey Leavitt. See more »

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