Famous Japanese Actors Working in Hollywood

If you are a Hollywood fanatic, you must have heard names like Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, among others. Among the top actors are some popular Japanese actors who have become a favorite for many. Here is a list of popular Japanese actors who work in Hollywood:

Mako Iwamatsu

 Though he is late, Mako Iwamatsu was among the greatest Japanese actors whose legacy lives on to date. Born in 1933, he was brought up by his grandparents but when war broke up in 1941, he joined his parents in the US.

Some of the Hollywood movies he has featured in are Pearl Harbor, Seven Years in Tibet, and Memoirs of a Geisha. Mako was active until his death in 2006 though he suffered from cancer.

Ken Wanatabe

This Japanese actor was born in 1959 and has become a renowned actor in Hollywood. Some of the films he has acted are Inception, Godzilla, Batman Begins, The Last Samurai, and Memoirs of Geisha that was filmed in 2005.

Hiroyuki Sanada

Hiroyuki Sanada was born in 1960 and started his acting career when he was just 5 years old. Those he mostly acts Japanese films, he has appeared in Hollywood movies such as The Wolverine, The Last Samurai, Rush Hour 3, and Minions, a kid’s movie where he acted as Sumo Villian in 2015.

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

The actor’s father was an American while his mother was Japanese and this made it possible for him to speak fluent English, Japanese, Spanish, and Korean. He acted in Hollywood films such as Pearl Harbor, Memoirs of a Geisha, Planet of Apes, and also acted in various television series and short movies.

Hiro Kanagawa

Hiro was born in 1963 in Japan but spent his childhood years in the United States and partly in Canada. During his teenage years, he went back to Japan. He has acted in a number of Hollywood movies such as Godzilla, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, and Electra. He has also acted in popular television series like The 100, Fantastic Four, and The Killing.

Whenever you are watching your favorite Hollywood movie, ensure that you take a special interest in some of these Japanese actors to know just how good they are at what they do.

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