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Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

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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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Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa is a versatile actor who has appeared in numerous action films and sci-fi shows. His first major break came when he was cast as Chang in Bernardo Bertolucci's epic "The Last Emperor." Afterwards, he was cast in numerous TV action series, including "Miami Vice" and "Jake and the Fatman." He had a small role in the 1989 James Bond film "License to Kill" and co-starred with Brandon Lee and Dolph Lundgren in the martial arts film "Showdown in Little Tokyo." For many viewers, however, he is best known for portraying sorcerer Shang Tsung in the popular 1995 video game adaptation "Mortal Kombat." His higher profile eventually led to recurring parts on TV shows, including a starring role on the sci-fi series "Space Rangers" and 15 episodes of the inaugural season of the police drama "Nash Bridges" as Lieutenant A.J. Shimamura. His impressive list of television credits also includes a two-episode appearance on the popular sci-fi series "Heroes" as The Swordsmith.

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa is a versatile actor who has appeared in numerous action films and sci-fi shows. His first major break came when he was cast as Chang in Bernardo Bertolucci's epic "The Last Emperor." Afterwards, he was cast in numerous TV action series, including "Miami Vice" and "Jake and the Fatman." He had a small role in the 1989 James Bond film "License to Kill" and co-starred with Brandon Lee and Dolph Lundgren in the martial arts film "Showdown in Little Tokyo." For many viewers, however, he is best known for portraying sorcerer Shang Tsung in the popular 1995 video game adaptation "Mortal Kombat." His higher profile eventually led to recurring parts on TV shows, including a starring role on the sci-fi series "Space Rangers" and 15 episodes of the inaugural season of the police drama "Nash Bridges" as Lieutenant A.J. Shimamura. His impressive list of television credits also includes a two-episode appearance on the popular sci-fi series "Heroes" as The Swordsmith.

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 Little Boy (2015)
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 47 Ronin (2013)
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 Black Cobra (2012)
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 Ghost Voyage (2008)
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 Balls of Fury (2007)
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 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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