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Also Known As: Kintaro Hayakawa Died: November 23, 1973
Born: June 10, 1889 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Japan Profession: actor, producer, screenwriter, playwright, novelist

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Established himself as a villainous mainstay of the silent era with his appearances in "The Typhoon" (1914) and C.B. DeMille's "The Cheat" (1915). After his appearance in the latter, Hayakawa became the first person of Asian descent to reach star status in Hollywood film (his wife, Tsuri Aoki, also acted in silent films). After a lengthy stay in Europe, Hayakawa made a US comeback as a character player, earning acclaim and a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his performance as a steely-eyed Japanese officer in "The Bridge on the River Kwai" (1957).

Established himself as a villainous mainstay of the silent era with his appearances in "The Typhoon" (1914) and C.B. DeMille's "The Cheat" (1915). After his appearance in the latter, Hayakawa became the first person of Asian descent to reach star status in Hollywood film (his wife, Tsuri Aoki, also acted in silent films). After a lengthy stay in Europe, Hayakawa made a US comeback as a character player, earning acclaim and a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his performance as a steely-eyed Japanese officer in "The Bridge on the River Kwai" (1957).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 The Daydreamer (1966) The Mole
2.
 The Big Wave (1962) Old gentleman
3.
 Hell to Eternity (1960) General Matsui
4.
 Swiss Family Robinson (1960) Pirate chief
5.
 Green Mansions (1959) Runi
6.
 The Geisha Boy (1958) Kimi's father
7.
 The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) Colonel Saito
8.
 House of Bamboo (1955) Inspector Kito
9.
 Three Came Home (1950) Colonel Michio Suga
10.
 Tokyo Joe (1949) Baron Kimura
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1908:
Began stage career in Japan
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Moved to USA to attend University of Chicago
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Returned to Japan after graduation; founded theater company
1913:
Toured American West with his Japanese Imperial Company
1914:
Made first film for Thomas Ince, "The Typhoon"
1915:
Put under contract by Paramount Pictures
1915:
Starred in "The Cheat", directed by Cecil B DeMille
1918:
Formed production company Haworth Film Corporation
1921:
Formed Hayakawa Feature Play Company; produced four films
1921:
Screenwriter "The Swamp"
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Left Hollywood in the late 1920s to return to Japan
1931:
Made one-shot return to American films in "Daughter of the Dragon"
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Returned to the USA after WWII
1957:
Won Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for role as POW camp comandant in "The Bridge on the River Kwai"
1966:
Final feature, "The Day Dreamer"
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Education

University of Chicago: Chicago , Illinois -

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wife:
Tsuru Aoki. Actor. Born September 9, 1892 in Tokyo; married 1914 until her death on October 18, 1961 in Tokyo.

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