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Also Known As: Cary H Tagawa, Ben Smith, Cari Hiroyuki Tagawa, Cary Tagawa Died:
Born: September 27, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Japan Profession: actor, martial artist

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Born in Tokyo, Japan, actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa was raised in various cities in the United States due to his fatherâ¿¿s position in the United States Army.  Ultimately Tagawaâ¿¿s family settled in the southern part of California, and he began acting while a student at Duarte High School. Following graduation, Tagawa enrolled at the University of Southern California. After graduation, Tagawa elected to pursue acting, and had his first breakthrough role playing Eunuch Chang in "The Last Emperor" (1987). He followed this role up two years later playing an undercover narcotics officer in  the James Bond movie "License to Kill" (1989).  Following this movie he was cast opposite martial arts legend Brandon Lee and Dolph Lundgren in the action movie "Showdown in Little Tokyo" (1991). Tagawa was interviewed in a 2006 documentary "The Slanted Screen," about portrayals of Asian and Asian-American men in mainstream entertainment. In addition to his work as an actor Tagawa had stunt experience and was a martial artist. Tagawa has also leant his voice to various projects, including 1997 video game "Soldier Boyz" and the 2003 video game "Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu." In 2015 Tagawa was cast as a lead...

Born in Tokyo, Japan, actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa was raised in various cities in the United States due to his fatherâ¿¿s position in the United States Army.  Ultimately Tagawaâ¿¿s family settled in the southern part of California, and he began acting while a student at Duarte High School. Following graduation, Tagawa enrolled at the University of Southern California. After graduation, Tagawa elected to pursue acting, and had his first breakthrough role playing Eunuch Chang in "The Last Emperor" (1987). He followed this role up two years later playing an undercover narcotics officer in  the James Bond movie "License to Kill" (1989).  Following this movie he was cast opposite martial arts legend Brandon Lee and Dolph Lundgren in the action movie "Showdown in Little Tokyo" (1991). Tagawa was interviewed in a 2006 documentary "The Slanted Screen," about portrayals of Asian and Asian-American men in mainstream entertainment. In addition to his work as an actor Tagawa had stunt experience and was a martial artist. Tagawa has also leant his voice to various projects, including 1997 video game "Soldier Boyz" and the 2003 video game "Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu." In 2015 Tagawa was cast as a lead character in the original Amazon series "Man in the High Castle" (Amazon 2015- ), based on the novel by Philip K. Dick.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Little Boy (2015)
4.
 47 Ronin (2013)
5.
 Black Cobra (2012)
6.
7.
 Ghost Voyage (2008)
9.
 Balls of Fury (2007)
10.
 Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo (2006) Brushogun
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1955:
Moved with family from Japan to Fort Bragg, North Carolina
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With family, moved frequently, living in Fort Polk, Louisiana, Fort Hood, Texas, and eventually in Southern California
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After college, moved to Japan to live, but eventually returned to the USA
1986:
Began acting career with role in "Armed Response"
1987:
Breakthrough screen part as Chang in the Oscar-winning "The Last Emperor"
1989:
Had featured role in the James Bond film "Licence to Kill"
1991:
Appeared in "Showdown in Little Tokyo"
1992:
Had supporting role in "Rising Sun"
1995:
Made cameo appearance in "Mortal Kombat"
1995:
Portrayed a farmer who orders a mail-order spouse in "Picture Bride"
1996:
Acted in "The Phantom"
1998:
Was one of the undead slayers in "John Carpenter's Vampires"
1999:
Co-starred in "Snow Falling on Cedars"
2000:
Supported Wesley Snipes in "The Art of War"
2001:
Potrayed Japanese commander Minoru Genda in "Pearl Harbor"
2001:
Was featured as one of the simians in "Planet of the Apes", helmed by Tim Burton
2015:
Was cast in "The Man in the High Castle"
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Education

University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California -

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wife:
Sally Tagawa.

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brother:
Greg Tagawa.
child:
Calen Tagawa.
daughter:
Brynne Tagawa.

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