Original cast member of the Sondheim musical "Pacific Overtures" in the 1970s.
Geddy Watanabe | Gede Watanabe
5' 7" (1.7 m)
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My ethnicity works both for and against me. But I look for parts that aren't necessarily Asian, parts that can be played by someone of any background.
In his role in the original cast of the Stephen Sondheim
musical, "Pacific Overtures", he performed the song, "Someone in a Tree". Watanabe is arguably best-known as the character, "Long Duk Dong", from Sixteen Candles
(1984), in which he famously leaped out of a tree and onto Michael Schoeffling
's character, "Jake".