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Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe, and Naomi Watts in The Sea of Trees (2015)Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe, and Naomi Watts in The Sea of Trees (2015)Ken WatanabeKen Watanabe in The Sea of Trees (2015)Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe in The Sea of Trees (2015)Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, Peter Cullen, John DiMaggio, Bingbing Li, Ken Watanabe, Nicola Peltz, and Jack Reynor in Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)Ken Watanabe and Gareth Edwards in Godzilla (2014)David Strathairn and Ken Watanabe in Godzilla (2014)Ken Watanabe in Godzilla (2014)Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins in Godzilla (2014)Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins in Godzilla (2014)Ken Watanabe in Godzilla (2014)Marcia Gay Harden and Ken WatanabeChristian Bale, Christopher Nolan, and Ken Watanabe in Batman Begins (2005)Liam Neeson and Ken Watanabe in Batman Begins (2005)Ken Watanabe in Batman Begins (2005)Tsuyoshi Ihara and Ken Watanabe in Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)Ken Watanabe in Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)Ken Watanabe in Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)Ken Watanabe in Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)Tsuyoshi Ihara and Ken Watanabe in Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)Ken Watanabe in Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)Ken Watanabe in Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)Ken Watanabe in Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)Ken Watanabe at Inception (2010)Ken Watanabe at Inception (2010)Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, and Ken Watanabe at Inception (2010)Ellen Page and Ken Watanabe at Inception (2010)Hans Zimmer, Johnny Marr, Cillian Murphy, and Ken Watanabe at Inception (2010)Leonardo DiCaprio and Ken Watanabe in Inception (2010)Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Berenger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page, and Ken Watanabe in Inception (2010)Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe, and Dileep Rao in Inception (2010)Lukas Haas and Ken Watanabe in Inception (2010)Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Ken Watanabe in Inception (2010)Marion Cotillard and Ken Watanabe in Inception (2010)Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, and Ken Watanabe in Inception (2010)Tom Cruise, Shun Sugata, and Ken Watanabe in The Last Samurai (2003)Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe in The Last Samurai (2003)Ken Watanabe in The Last Samurai (2003)Ken Watanabe and Shichinosuke Nakamura in The Last Samurai (2003)Ken Watanabe in The Last Samurai (2003)Ken Watanabe in The Last Samurai (2003)Tom Cruise, Hiroyuki Sanada, Shun Sugata, and Ken Watanabe in The Last Samurai (2003)Tom Cruise, Hiroyuki Sanada, Shun Sugata, and Ken Watanabe in The Last Samurai (2003)Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe in The Last Samurai (2003)Ken Watanabe in The Last Samurai (2003)Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe in The Last Samurai (2003)Rob Marshall, Ken Watanabe, and Ziyi Zhang in Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
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Biography

Both of Ken Watanabe's 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. Ken is mostly known in Japan for playing samurais. He incorporates... See full bio »
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