Sessue Hayakawa (1889–1973)

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Sessue Hayakawa was born in Chiba, Japan. His father was the provincial governor and his mother a member of an aristocratic family of the "samurai" class. The young Hayakawa wanted to follow in his father's footsteps and become a career officer in the Japanese navy, but he was turned down due to problems with his hearing. The disappointed Hayakawa... See full bio »


(age 84) in Tokyo, Japan

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Known For

The Cheat Hishuru Tori (original release) / Haka Arakau (in 1918 re-release)
The Dragon Painter Tatsu - the Dragon Painter


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 1967 Junjô nijûsô
 1966 The Daydreamer
The Mole (voice)
 1963 Route 66 (TV Series)
- Two Strangers and an Old Enemy (1963) ... Takasuka
 1961 The Big Wave
The Old Man
 1960 Swiss Family Robinson
Kuala - Pirate Chief
 1960 Hell to Eternity
Gen. Matsui
 1959 Green Mansions
 1958 The Geisha Boy
Mr. Sikita
 1958 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Sakae Ito
- The Sakae Ito Story (1958) ... Sakae Ito
 1958 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Japanese Officer
- Bolivar and the Lost Patrol (1958) ... Japanese Officer
- Episode #7.27 (1958) ... Japanese Officer
 1958 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Dr. Sato
- Kurishiki Incident (1958) ... Dr. Sato
 1958 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
Japanese soldier
- The Sea Is Boiling Hot (1958) ... Japanese soldier
 1957 The Bridge on the River Kwai
Colonel Saito
 1955 House of Bamboo
Inspector Kito
 1953 Higeki no shôgun: Yamashita Tomoyuki
Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita
 1953 Kurama Tengu to Katsu Kaishû
Awanokami Katsu
 1953 Onna kanja himon - Akô rôshi
Sakon Tachibana
 1950 The Motherland Far Far Away
Joe Hayami
 1950 Three Came Home
Colonel Michio Suga
 1949 Tokyo Joe
Baron Kimura
 1947 Quartier chinois
 1946 Le cabaret du grand large
Professeur Wang
 1943 Le soleil de minuit
 1943 Malaria
 1942 Gambling Hell
Ying Tchaï
 1942 Patrouille blanche
 1938 Tempête sur l'Asie
Le prince Ling
 1937 The Cheat
Prince Hu-Long
 1937 Yoshiwara
Ysamo, Kuli
 1937 Atarashiki tsuchi
Iwao Yamato
 1935 Tôjin Okichi
Townsend Harris
 1932 Running Hollywood (Short)
Sessue Hayakawa
 1931 Daughter of the Dragon
Ah Kee
 1924 I Have Killed
Hideo - l'antiquaire japonais
 1924 Sen Yan's Devotion
Sen Yan
 1924 The Great Prince Shan
Prince Shan
 1924 The Danger Line
Marquis Yorisaka
 1923 The Battle
Le Marquis Yorisaka
 1922 The Vermilion Pencil
Tse Chan / The Unknown / Li Chan
 1922 Five Days to Live
Tai Leung
 1921 The Swamp
 1921 Where Lights Are Low
T''Su Wong Shih
 1921 Black Roses
 1921 The First Born
Chan Wang
 1920 An Arabian Knight
 1920 Li Ting Lang
Li Ting Lang
 1920 The Devil's Claim
Akbar Khan / Hassan
 1920 The Brand of Lopez
Vasco Lopez
 1920 The Beggar Prince
Nikki / Prince
 1919 The Tong Man
Luk Chen
 1919 The Illustrious Prince
Prince Maiyo
 1919 The Dragon Painter
Tatsu - the Dragon Painter
 1919 The Gray Horizon
Yamo Masata
 1919/I The Man Beneath
Dr. Chindi Ashutor
 1919 His Debt
Goto Mariyama
 1919 The Courageous Coward
Suki Iota
 1919 A Heart in Pawn
 1919 Bonds of Honor
Yamashito / Sasamoto
 1918 Banzai (Short)
The American General
 1918 The Temple of Dusk
 1918 His Birthright
 1918 The City of Dim Faces
Jang Lung
 1918 The Bravest Way
Kara Tamura
 1918 The White Man's Law
John A. Genghis
 1918 The Honor of His House
Count Ito Onato
 1918 The Hidden Pearls
Tom Garvin
 1917 The Secret Game
 1917 The Call of the East
Arai Takada
 1917 Hashimura Togo
Hashimura Togo
 1917 Forbidden Paths
 1917 The Jaguar's Claws
El Jaguar
 1917 The Bottle Imp
 1917 Each to His Kind
 1916 The Victoria Cross
 1916 The Soul of Kura San
 1916 The Honorable Friend
 1916 Alien Souls
 1915 Temptation
Opera Admirer
 1915 The Cheat
Hishuru Tori (original release) / Haka Arakau (in 1918 re-release)
 1915 The Secret Sin
Lin Foo
 1915 The Clue
 1915 The Chinatown Mystery (Short)
Yo Hong
 1915 The Famine (Short)
 1915 After Five
Oki - the Valet
 1914 The Last of the Line (Short)
Tiah - Gray Otter's Son
 1914 Mother of the Shadows (Short)
Running Elk
 1914 The Vigil (Short)
 1914 Nipped (Short)
Taro Kamura
 1914 The Hateful God (Short) (unconfirmed)
 1914 The Typhoon
 1914 The Death Mask (Short)
Running Wolf
 1914 The Village 'Neath the Sea (Short)
Red Elk
 1914 The Curse of Caste (Short)
Kato Matsumoto
 1914 A Relic of Old Japan (Short)
 1914 A Tragedy of the Orient (Short)
 1914 The Wrath of the Gods
Lord Yamaki
 1914 The Ambassador's Envoy (Short)
 1914 The Geisha (Short)
 1914 The Courtship of O San (Short)
 1914 O Mimi San (Short)
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Stage: Appeared in "The Typhoon" on Broadway. See more »

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1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 28 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


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He and his wife Tsuru Aoki were famous for their lavish parties during the early 1920s. According to historian Kalton C. Lahue, they held frequent luncheons for 150 guests, buffet suppers for as many as 900 and sit-down dinners for 250. See more »

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