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Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Poster

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Overview (2)

Born in Tokyo, Japan
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa got his first big break as an actor when he was cast in Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor (1987). A US Army brat, he was born in Tokyo and lived in various cities while growing up. His father was in the army, stationed at Ft. Bragg (NC), Ft. Polk (LA) and Ft. Hood (TX). His mother was an actress from Tokyo. The family finally settled in Southern California, where Tagawa began acting in high school. He was an exchange student in Japan while studying at the University of Southern California. He has recently been involved off-screen in addressing student groups (at SFSU and Stanford). He has also been coaching the martial artist portraying Shang Tsung in the Mortal Kombat Live Tour, and in his free time developing his new form of martial arts, called "Chun Shin."

- IMDb Mini Biography By: A. Nonymous

Spouse (1)

Sally (1984 - 2014) ( divorced) ( 3 children)

Trivia (4)

Was a part-time masseur for the University of Hawaii football team. He often helps injured players.
Has son, Calen, and two daughters Brynne and Cana.
On July 09, 2010, Cary participated in the All-Russia Channel 1 evening TV-show "Let's Marry" as lead character in search of a wife. He successfully selected a beautiful 23-year old Russian bride out of 3 preselected candidates. They were both happy to meet each other.
Began his martial arts training with Kendo when he was in Junior High School. At the age of 21, Tagawa began training traditional Japanese Karate at the University of Southern California. A year later he moved to Japan and began studying with the J.K.A. under Master Nakayama. Despite being an outstanding fighter, he didn't agree with the violent and competitive nature, and continued developing his own style, focusing less on the physical part and more on breathing, energy, philosophy and science.

Personal Quotes (12)

Hollywood is my day job.
I really believe that breath, in and of itself... can become the ultimate self-healing tool.
Hollywood was a detour, although my mother was an aristocrat from Tokyo who ran away to join the theatre, so acting is in my genes.
It's not whether you fall or make a mistake, it's what you do when you fall. And I say you stand up. You keep standing up. It's not how many times you fall, it's how many times you stand up.
The one thing that about me, being a healer, I just have a different kind of relationship with people. So I am defiantly a different type of celebrity.
I originally started off as a healer before I came to Hollywood.
When you start working on a series, it's almost too much work. It's like a movie a week.
You release more toxins from the body through a deep exhale than you do from anything else.
My look is 'Poly'n'Asian' - part Polynesian native, part Asian warrior.
Nature is a big part of my weekend. Whenever possible, I take Friday and Monday off and spend four days outdoors. We should remind ourselves that there was something here before us, a force more powerful than us.
I believe the body can take care of itself. It's all about self-health. It's about depending on our breathing.
The Hawaiian language needs to be studied globally as a language of life.

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