|Born||in New York City, New York, USA|
|Height||5' 6" (1.68 m)|
Mini Bio (1)
Keisuke Hoashi is an actor, writer, and producer, easily recognized from over 80 national commercials and 70+ memorable guest-starring appearances on hit TV shows, including "Jane the Virgin," "The King of Queens," and "Brockmire."
Keisuke (pronounced "Case-Kay") is known for his mild-mannered appearance, deadpan wit, and ability to play over-the-top characters, both American and Japanese.
He used all these trademark skills on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" as a Sanrio rep defending Hello Kitty's honor. ("Hello Kitty is not a cat.") He appeared on Bob's Burgers season 5 finale (episode "Hawk and Chick") as the voice of Japanese action movie star Hawk 'Koji' Kojima.
Keisuke frequently plays doctors, as he has on "Jane the Virgin," "The Fosters," "Henry Danger," and the upcoming HBO series "Big Little Lies." He has played convincing professionals on "Mad Men," (Japanese businessman) "Heroes," (Tokyo cop) "Glee," (Jewish-Asian-American lawyer) and the cult hit "Better off Ted" (scientist).
Among his many stage roles are shows with the Geffen Playhouse, the Venture West Theatre Company, the Classical Theatre Lab, Gily Productions, and Fire Rose Productions. Keisuke also shattered musical theatre stereotypes by landing major non-Asian-specific roles in productions such as "1776," "My Fair Lady," "The Last of Mrs. Lincoln," and "Anything Goes."
A writer and musician, he wrote, produced, and performed in the world's first Martial Arts Musical Comedy, "Memoirs of a Ninja," with composer Brian Lewis. The satirical work won five Maddy Awards, five Garland Awards, and was honored as a "The Best Theatre 2000" pick by NiteLife After Dark magazine.
In 2006, Keisuke co-founded the New York Summer Music Festival, a summer camp for talented young musicians ages 10 to 25. He created their "Hollywood in Oneonta" program and taught daily classes in filmmaking, acting, and original musical theatre production until 2012. He is also a founder of the Michigan Performing Arts Camp, and taught at the Hartwick College Summer Music Festival and Institute.
Keisuke holds a Masters in Technical Communication from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a B.A. in English from the State University of New York, Potsdam. He is a native of Queens, New York and a graduate of Stuyvesant High School.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Biographer_LA
Keisuke's father Jitsuo started as a manga artist with Shogakukan in Tokyo; studied typography and graphic design with Osamu Tezuka in Kobe, Japan; and immigrated to America from Japan in the 1960s, where he soon became the Promotion and Corporate Art Director of Esquire, Inc.
In 1979, Jitsuo founded Hoashi Studio, Inc. (later Hoashi Communications Inc.) on Madison Avenue in NYC. His wife Tomoe later joined him as the firm's CFO.