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Ken Watanabe was born on October 21, 1959 in Uonuma, 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 ... See full bio »

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

Known For

The Last Samurai
The Last Samurai Katsumoto
(2003)
Inception
Inception Saito
(2010)
Godzilla
Godzilla Dr. Ishiro Serizawa
(2014)

Filmography

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 2019 Godzilla: King of Monsters (post-production)
Dr. Ishiro Serizawa
 2018 Bel Canto (post-production)
Katsumi Hosokawa
 2018 Isle of Dogs (post-production) (voice)
 2017 Transformers: The Last Knight
Drift (voice)
 2017 Shiawase no kioku (TV Movie)
 2016 Gonenme no hitori (TV Movie)
 2016 Ikari
Yohei Maki
 2015 The Sea of Trees
Takumi Nakamura
 2014 Oyaji no senaka (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.7 (2014)
 2014 Hakugin Jack (TV Movie)
Reiji kurata
 2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction
Drift (voice)
 2014 Godzilla
Dr. Ishiro Serizawa
 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 Letters from Iwo Jima
General Kuribayashi
 2006 Memories of Tomorrow
Masayuki Saeki
 2005 Memoirs of a Geisha
Chairman
 2005 Batman Begins (Video Game)
Ra's al Ghul (voice)
 2005 Batman Begins
Ra's Al Ghul
 2005 Kita no zeronen
Hideaki Komatsubara
 2004 Suna no utsuwa (TV Series)
Syuichiro Imanishi
 2003 The Last Samurai
Katsumoto
 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
- My City Has Become A Battlefield (2000) ... Yokoyama
- Farewell, Dear Friends (2000) ... Yokoyama
- Don't Put Your Hand On My Baba! (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)
 1991 Bakumatsu jyunjyoden
Ryouma Sakamoto
 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 Dokugan-ryu Masamune (TV Series)
Date Masamune
- Episode #1.50 (1987) ... Date Masamune
- Episode #1.49 (1987) ... Date Masamune
- Episode #1.48 (1987) ... Date Masamune
- Episode #1.47 (1987) ... Date Masamune
- Episode #1.46 (1987) ... Date Masamune
 1987 Machibugyo Nikki
Mochizuki Koheita
 1986 The Sea and Poison
Toda
 1985 Tampopo
Gan
 1985 Kekkon annai misuterî
Funayama Tetsuya / Masakazu Sekine
 1984 Sanga moyu (TV Series)
 1983 Mibu no koiuta (TV Series)
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Personal Details

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:

About half the scripts sent to me feature characters I just can't identify with, particularly one-dimensional businessmen or, if it's a comedy, some absurd 10-year-old Japanese stereotype, some role related to IT or business... There's no point in getting mad about it; it's just the way things are. See more »

Trivia:

Owns Ken Watanabe Film Productions. One of the films produced is Harimao (1989), a film with about 3,000 Filipino talents and 200 Japanese, British and American actors. See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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