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Ken Watanabe was born on October 21, 1959 in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. Both of his parents were teachers: his mother taught general education and his dad taught calligraphy. He became interested in acting at the age of 24, when a director of England's National Theatre Company, where he was studying, told him that acting was his special gift. In ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Inception
Inception Saito
(2010)
The Last Samurai
The Last Samurai Katsumoto
(2003)
Batman Begins
Batman Begins Ra's Al Ghul
(2005)
Letters from Iwo Jima
Letters from Iwo Jima General Kuribayashi
(2006)

Filmography

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 2018 Bel Canto (post-production)
Katsumi Hosokawa
 2017 Shiawase no kioku (TV Movie)
 2016 Gonenme no hitori (TV Movie)
 2016 Ikari
Yohei Maki
 2014 Oyaji no senaka (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.7 (2014)
 2014 Hakugin Jack (TV Movie)
Reiji kurata
 2013 Yurusarezaru mono
Jubee kamata
 2012 Makete, katsu: Sengo wo tsukutta otoko Yoshida Shigeru (TV Mini-Series)
Shigeru Yoshida
- Episode #1.1 (2012) ... Shigeru Yoshida
 2012 Hayabusa: Harukanaru kikan
Shunichiro Yamaguchi
 2010 Hei no naka no chûgakkô (TV Movie)
 2010 Inception
Saito
 2010 Shanghai
Tanaka
 2010 Tômawari no ame (TV Movie)
Sohei Fukumoto
 2009 Saka no ue no kumo (TV Series)
Narration
- Ryugakusei (2009) ... Narration
- Nisshin Kaisen (2009) ... Narration
- Kokka Meido (2009) ... Narration
- Sei-un (2009) ... Narration
- Shônen no kuni (2009) ... Narration
 2009 Shizumanu taiyô
Hajime Onchi
 2009 Keiji ichidai: Hiratsuka Hachibei no Shôwa jiken shi (TV Series)
Hachibei Hiratsuka
 2007 Hoshi hitotsu no yoru (TV Movie)
 2006 Memories of Tomorrow
Masayuki Saeki
 2005 Batman Begins (Video Game)
Ra's al Ghul (voice)
 2005 Kita no zeronen
Hideaki Komatsubara
 2004 Suna no utsuwa (TV Series)
Syuichiro Imanishi
 2003 Itan no natsu (TV Movie)
Tatsumi
 2003 T.R.Y.
Masanobu Azuma
 2002 Tô-san no natsumatsuri (TV Movie)
 2002 Chinmoku no aribai (TV Movie)
 2002 Hi wa mata noboru
Okubo
 2002 Shin jingi naki tatakai/Bousatsu
Fujimaki Hiroaki
 2001 Chûshingura 1/47 (TV Movie)
 2001 Sennen no koi - Hikaru Genji monogatari
Fujiwara no Michinaga / Fujiwara no Nobutaka
 2001 Oboreru sakana
Miyota
 2001 Hôjô Tokimune (TV Series)
 2001 Ningen no shômei 2001 (TV Movie)
 2001 Kochira Daisanshiyakaibu (TV Series)
Jiro Shimizu
 2000 Zawa-zawa Shimo-Kitazawa
Ishida
 2000 Ikebukuro West Gate park (TV Series)
Yokoyama
- Episode #1.11 (2000) ... Yokoyama
- Episode #1.10 (2000) ... Yokoyama
- Episode #1.9 (2000) ... Yokoyama
- Episode #1.8 (2000) ... Yokoyama
- Episode #1.7 (2000) ... Yokoyama
 2000 Supêsutoraberâzu
Sakamaki ("Crusher")
 2000 Hatsuru sokonaki (TV Movie)
 1998 Kizuna
Detective Sako Akio
 1997 Rajio no jikan
Raita Onuki, the truck driver
 1997 Gokenin Zankurô (TV Series)
Zankurô Matsudaira
- Episode #2.10 (1997) ... Zankurô Matsudaira
 1996 Tetsuko no heya (TV Series)
Co-emcee
- Episode #21.1 (1996) ... Co-emcee
 1992 Kimitachi ga ite boku ga iru II (TV Movie)
Senjûrô Fujiwara
 1992 Kimitachi ga ite boku ga iru (TV Movie)
Senjûrô Fujiwara
 1992 Oda Nobunaga (TV Movie)
 1990 Takeda Shingen (TV Mini-Series)
Narrator
 1990 Shikakenin Fujieda Baian (TV Mini-Series)
Baian Fujieda
 1990 Baian the Assassin (TV Mini-Series)
Fujieda Baian
 1989 Harenochi kaminari (TV Series)
 1987 Machibugyo Nikki
Mochizuki Koheita
 1986 The Sea and Poison
Toda
 1985 Tampopo
Gun
 1985 Kekkon annai misuterî
Funayama Tetsuya / Masakazu Sekine
 1984 Sanga moyu (TV Series)
 1983 Mibu no koiuta (TV Series)
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Other Works:

Print ad, American Express credit card, 2006

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 4 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Height:

6' 0½" (1.84 m)
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Personal Quote:

With 'Letters from Iwo Jima,' then 'Memories of Tomorrow,' I reached a sort of turning point in my acting. I had poured so much of myself into those movies that I really had no idea where to go from there. See more »

Trivia:

One of eight actors of Asian descent nominated for an Academy Award in an acting category. The others are Miyoshi Umeki who won Best Supporting Actress for Sayonara (1957), Sessue Hayakawa nominated for The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Mako nominated for The Sand Pebbles (1966), Ben Kingsley who won Best Actor for Gandhi (1982), Haing S. Ngor who won Best Supporting Actor for The Killing ... See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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