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Sessue Hayakawa ACTOR


Sessue Hayakawa was born on June 10th, 1889 in Nanaura, Japan with the birth name Kintarô Hayakawa.  His father was the governor and so from a young age he wanted to have a career like his father in the Japanese navy, however, due to hearing issues he was turned down.
Knowing that his father was highly disappointed in him he actually tried to commit suicide, however, he was unsuccessful and after he recovered from over 30 stab wounds to his abdomen, he decided to pursue other opportunities and enrolled in college at the University of Chicago. 
On a visit to Los Angeles, California he came upon a Japanese Theater which peaked his interest into the acting industry.  He began finding work as a stage actor appearing in such productions as, "The Typhoon" which was later turned into a film.  
As his career progressed he was seen in other films such as, "The Wrath of Gods" (1914), "The Sacrifice" (1914) and "The Cheat" (1915).  Sessue was becoming a leading star of a number of romantic drama's and later was being cast in Western and Action films.  He was becoming one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood and soon decided to start his own production company, Haworth Pictures.  Many of the films his company produced were Asian theme films.  He wrote, directed, starred in and produced a number of films which helped influence the way American people viewed the Asian culture.
Later in his career he relocated to live in France and began to appear in a number of French films such as, "The Battle" (1924), "Sen Yan's Devotion" (1924) and "The Great Prince Shan" (1924) which was filmed in the United Kingdom.
When sound films came about, he moved back to the United States and joined back on in Hollywood appearing in more American films such as, "Daughter of the Dragon" (1931).  However, his accent was so strong, he was not doing well at the box office in America so again to keep a career in acting, Hayakawa relocated back to Japan and then off to France to work on the film, "Yoshiwara" (1937). 
In the late 40's once again his career was not heading in the direction he was hoping for so he decided to give Hollywood another chance.  He was cast in the film, "Tokyo Joe" (1949) followed by roles in, "Three Came Home" (1950), and "The Bridge on the River Kwai" (1957) for which he earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.  Finally, Hollywood was beginning to take notice that even with his strong accent he still was a talented actor.
He remained in the industry appearing in more television series and films up until 1966 with his final role in, "The Daydreamer" (1966).  He then decided to retire, move back to Japan and chose to work as a Buddhist priest as well as an acting coach.  He was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to the Motion Picture Industry.
He married only once to Tsuru Aoki in 1914 and they were together until she passed away on October 18th, 1961.  He did not re-marry nor did he have any biological children of his own, however him and his wife had adopted some western children in Europe. 
On November 23rd, 1973 he passed away in Tokyo, Japan after suffering from cerebral thrombosis.  He was buried in the Chokeiji Temple Cemetery in Toyama, Japan.


1967 Junjô nijûsô 
1966 The Daydreamer 
1963 Route 66 
1961 The Big Wave 
1960 Swiss Family Robinson 
1960 Hell to Eternity 
1959 Green Mansions
1958 Wagon Train
1958 The Geisha Boy
1958 The Red Skelton Hour
1958 Studio One in Hollywood 
1958 Kraft Theatre
1957 The Bridge on the River Kwai 
1955 House of Bamboo
1954 Nihon yaburezu
1953 Kurama Tengu to Katsu Kaishû 
1953 Onna kanja himon - Akô rôshi 
1950 Re mizeraburu: kami to jiyu no hata 
1950 Re mizeraburu: kami to akuma 
1950 The Motherland Far Far Away 
1950 Three Came Home
1949 Tokyo Joe
1947 Quartier chinois
1946 Le cabaret du grand large 
1943 Le soleil de minuit
1943 Malaria 
1942 Gambling Hell 
1942 Patrouille blanche 
1938 Tempête sur l'Asie
1937 The Cheat 
1937 Yoshiwara 
1937 Atarashiki tsuchi
1935 Tojin Okichi 
1934 Bakugeki hikôtai
1932 The Sun Rise from the East
1931 Daughter of the Dragon 
1929 Sessue Hayakawa in 'The Man Who Laughed Last'
1924 I Have Killed
1924 The Danger Line 
1924 The Battle 
1924 Sen Yan's Devotion 
1924 The Great Prince Shan 
1922 The Vermilion Pencil
1922 Five Days to Live 
1921 The Swamp 
1921 Where Lights Are Low
1921 Black Roses 
1921 The First Born
1920 An Arabian Knight 
1920 Li Ting Lang
1920 The Devil's Claim
1920 The Brand of Lopez 
1920 The Beggar Prince
1919 The Tong Man
1919 The Illustrious Prince
1919 Bonds of Honor
1919 The Dragon Painter
1919 The Gray Horizon
1919 The Man Beneath
1919 His Debt 
1919 The Courageous Coward
1919 A Heart in Pawn 
1918 Banzai 
1918 The Temple of Dusk 
1918 His Birthright 
1918 The City of Dim Faces
1918 The Bravest Way
1918 The White Man's Law
1918 The Honor of His House
1918 The Hidden Pearls 
1917 The Secret Game
1917 The Call of the East 
1917 Hashimura Togo
1917 Forbidden Paths
1917 The Jaguar's Claws
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 
1915 The Cheat
1915 The Secret Sin
1915 The Clue
1915 The Chinatown Mystery
1915 The Famine 
1915 After Five 
1914 The Last of the Line
1914 Mother of the Shadows
1914 The Vigil
1914 Nipped
1914 The Hateful God
1914 The Typhoon 
1914 The Death Mask
1914 The Village 'Neath the Sea
1914 The Curse of Caste
1914 Star of the North
1914 A Relic of Old Japan
1914 A Tragedy of the Orient
1914 The Wrath of the Gods
1914 The Ambassador's Envoy 
1914 The Geisha
1914 The Courtship of O San
1914 O Mimi San

Matinee Classics - The Bridge on the River Kwai starring William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa, James Donald, Geoffrey Horne, Andre Morell, Peter Williams, John Boxer, Percy Herbert, Harold Goodwin, Ann Sears, Henry Okawa and Keiichiro Katsumoto
Matinee Classics - The Bridge on the River Kwai starring William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa, James Donald, Geoffrey Horne, Andre Morell, Peter Williams, John Boxer, Percy Herbert, Harold Goodwin, Ann Sears, Henry Okawa and Keiichiro Katsumoto

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