Sessue Hayakawa

Sessue Hayakawa

Known for: Acting
Birthday: 1889-06-10
Deathday: 1973-11-23 (84 years old)

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Kintarō Hayakawa (早川 金太郎, Hayakawa Kintarō); (June 10, 1886 – November 23, 1973), known professionally as Sessue Hayakawa (早川 雪洲, Hayakawa Sesshū), was a Japanese actor and a matinée idol. He was a popular star in Hollywood during the silent film era of the 1910s and early 1920s. Hayakawa was the first actor of Asian descent to achieve stardom as a leading man in the United States and Europe. His "broodingly handsome" good looks and typecasting as a sexually dominant villain made him a heartthrob among American women during a time of racial discrimination, and he became one of the first male sex symbols of Hollywood.After withdrawing from the Japanese naval academy and attempting suicide at 18, Hayakawa attended the University of Chicago, where he studied political economics in accordance with his wealthy parents' wish that he become a banker. Upon graduating, he traveled to Los Angeles in order to board a scheduled ship back to Japan, but decided to try out acting in Little Tokyo. There, Hayakawa impressed Hollywood figures and was signed on to star in The Typhoon (1914). He made his breakthrough in The Cheat (1915), and thereafter became famous for his roles as a forbidden lover. Hayakawa was one of the highest paid stars of his time, earning $5,000 per week in 1915, and $2 million per year through his own production company from 1918 to 1921. Because of rising anti-Japanese sentiment and business difficulties, Hayakawa left Hollywood in 1922 and performed on Broadway and in Japan and Europe for many years before making his Hollywood comeback in Daughter of the Dragon (1931).Of his talkies, Hayakawa is probably best known for his role as Kuala, the pirate captain in Swiss Family Robinson (1960) and Colonel Saito in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), for which he earned a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Hayakawa starred in over 80 feature films, and three of his films (The Cheat, The Dragon Painter, and The Bridge on the River Kwai) stand in the United States National Film Registry.

Filmography

All 78

Movies 76

Self 8

TV Shows 2

Voice 1

Self
Asian Americans

Asian Americans (2020)

TV Show
(archive)
Yellowface: Asian Whitewashing and Racism in Hollywood

Yellowface: Asian Whitewashing and Racism in Hollywood (2019)

Movie
Self (archive footage)
Why Be Good?: Sexuality & Censorship in Early Cinema

Why Be Good?: Sexuality & Censorship in Early Cinema (2007)

Movie
Tajima
Lover's Duet

Lover's Duet (1967)

Movie
The Mole (voice)
The Daydreamer

The Daydreamer (1966)

Movie
(archive footage)
The Love Goddesses

The Love Goddesses (1965)

Movie
Takeda Shingen
Taikouki

Taikouki (1965)

TV Show
The Old Man
The Big Wave

The Big Wave (1961)

Movie
Kuala, Pirate Chief
Swiss Family Robinson

Swiss Family Robinson (1960)

Movie
4
General Matsui
Hell to Eternity

Hell to Eternity (1960)

Movie
Runi
Green Mansions

Green Mansions (1959)

Movie
Mr. Sikita
The Geisha Boy

The Geisha Boy (1958)

Movie
Self
The Rise and Fall of a Jungle Giant

The Rise and Fall of a Jungle Giant (1958)

Movie
Colonel Saito
The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

Movie
6.23
Inspector Kito
House of Bamboo

House of Bamboo (1955)

Movie
Sakon Tachibana
47 Vendettas

47 Vendettas (1953)

Movie
Actor
Re mizeraburu: kami to jiyu no hata

Re mizeraburu: kami to jiyu no hata (1950)

Movie
Actor
Re mizeraburu: kami to akuma

Re mizeraburu: kami to akuma (1950)

Movie
Joe Hayami
The Motherland Far Far Away

The Motherland Far Far Away (1950)

Movie
Colonel Michio Suga
Three Came Home

Three Came Home (1950)

Movie
Baron Kimura
Tokyo Joe

Tokyo Joe (1949)

Movie
Tchang
Quartier chinois

Quartier chinois (1947)

Movie
Professeur Wang
Le cabaret du grand large

Le cabaret du grand large (1946)

Movie
Saïdi
Malaria

Malaria (1943)

Movie
Matsui
Le soleil de minuit

Le soleil de minuit (1943)

Movie
Ying Tchaï
Gambling Hell

Gambling Hell (1942)

Movie
Halloway
Patrouille blanche

Patrouille blanche (1942)

Movie
Le prince Ling
Tempête sur l'Asie

Tempête sur l'Asie (1938)

Movie
Prince Hu-Long
Forfaiture

Forfaiture (1937)

Movie
Ysamo, Kuli
Yoshiwara

Yoshiwara (1937)

Movie
Iwao Yamato
The Daughter of the Samurai

The Daughter of the Samurai (1937)

Movie
Sessue Hayakawa
Running Hollywood

Running Hollywood (1932)

Movie
Self
Around the World with Douglas Fairbanks

Around the World with Douglas Fairbanks (1931)

Movie
Ah Kee
Daughter of the Dragon

Daughter of the Dragon (1931)

Movie
Hideo - l'antiquaire japonais
I Have Killed

I Have Killed (1924)

Movie
Sen Yan
Sen Yan’s Devotion

Sen Yan’s Devotion (1924)

Movie
Prince Shan
The Great Prince Shan

The Great Prince Shan (1924)

Movie
Le Marquis Yorisaka
The Battle

The Battle (1923)

Movie
Self
Night Life in Hollywood

Night Life in Hollywood (1922)

Movie
Self
Screen Snapshots, Series 3, No. 12

Screen Snapshots, Series 3, No. 12 (1922)

Movie
Tse Chan / The Unknown / Li Chan
The Vermilion Pencil

The Vermilion Pencil (1922)

Movie
Wang
The Swamp

The Swamp (1921)

Movie
T'Su Wong Shih
Where Lights Are Low

Where Lights Are Low (1921)

Movie
Yoda
Black Roses

Black Roses (1921)

Movie
Himself
Screen Snapshots (Series 1, No. 20)

Screen Snapshots (Series 1, No. 20) (1921)

Movie
Chan Wang
The First Born

The First Born (1921)

Movie
Ahmed
An Arabian Knight

An Arabian Knight (1920)

Movie
Li Ting Lang
Li Ting Lang

Li Ting Lang (1920)

Movie
Akbar Khan / Hassan
The Devil's Claim

The Devil's Claim (1920)

Movie
Luk Chen
The Tong Man

The Tong Man (1919)

Movie
Yamashito / Sasamoto
Bonds of Honor

Bonds of Honor (1919)

Movie
Tatsu - The Dragon Painter
The Dragon Painter

The Dragon Painter (1919)

Movie
Dr. Chindi Ashutor
The Man Beneath

The Man Beneath (1919)

Movie
Suki Iota
The Courageous Coward

The Courageous Coward (1919)

Movie
Tomaya
A Heart in Pawn

A Heart in Pawn (1919)

Movie
Akira
The Temple Of Dusk

The Temple Of Dusk (1918)

Movie
The American General
Banzai

Banzai (1918)

Movie
Yukio
His Birthright

His Birthright (1918)

Movie
Jang Lung
The City of Dim Faces

The City of Dim Faces (1918)

Movie
Kara Tamura
The Bravest Way

The Bravest Way (1918)

Movie
John A. Genghis
The White Man's Law

The White Man's Law (1918)

Movie
Count Ito Onato
The Honor of His House

The Honor of His House (1918)

Movie
Tom Garvin
Hidden Pearls

Hidden Pearls (1918)

Movie
Nara-Nara
The Secret Game

The Secret Game (1917)

Movie
Arai Takada
The Call of the East

The Call of the East (1917)

Movie
Sato
Forbidden Paths

Forbidden Paths (1917)

Movie
Lopaka
The Bottle Imp

The Bottle Imp (1917)

Movie
Azimoolah
The Victoria Cross

The Victoria Cross (1916)

Movie
Makino
The Honorable Friend

The Honorable Friend (1916)

Movie
Opera Admirer
Temptation

Temptation (1915)

Movie
Hishuru Tori (original release) / Haka Arakau (in 1918 re-release)
The Cheat

The Cheat (1915)

Movie
Lin Foo
The Secret Sin

The Secret Sin (1915)

Movie
Nogi
The Clue

The Clue (1915)

Movie
Tiah - Gray Otter's Son
The Last of the Line

The Last of the Line (1914)

Movie
Tokorama
The Typhoon

The Typhoon (1914)

Movie
Running Wolf
The Death Mask

The Death Mask (1914)

Movie
Lord Yamaki
The Wrath of the Gods

The Wrath of the Gods (1914)

Movie
Yorotomo
O Mimi san

O Mimi san (1914)

Movie

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Sessue HayakawaSessue Hayakawa

Information

Known for
Acting

Gender
Male

Birthday
1889-06-10

Deathday
1973-11-23 (84 years old)

Birth name
早川 金太郎

Place of birth
Chiba, Japan

Relationships
Tsuru Aoki (1914-01-01 - 1961-01-01)

Citizenships
Japan

Also known as
早川雪洲

Awards
star on Hollywood Walk of Fame


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Mayme Kelso
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James Neill
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Bessie Love
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3 Movies
Hideo Ishimoto
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3 Movies
Charles Rosher
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3 Movies
Akira Ifukube
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3 Movies
Margaret Loomis
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Margaret Loomis worked together with Sessue Hayakawa in:
3 Movies
Tsugundo Maki
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Tsugundo Maki worked together with Sessue Hayakawa in:
3 Movies
Marion Fairfax
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Marion Fairfax worked together with Sessue Hayakawa in:
3 Movies
Hector Turnbull
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Hector Turnbull worked together with Sessue Hayakawa in:
3 Movies
Charles Swickard
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Charles Swickard worked together with Sessue Hayakawa in:
3 Movies
William Elmer
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William Elmer worked together with Sessue Hayakawa in:
3 Movies
James Cruze
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James Cruze worked together with Sessue Hayakawa in:
3 Movies
Herschel Mayall
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Herschel Mayall worked together with Sessue Hayakawa in:
3 Movies
William C. de Mille
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3 Movies
Ky Duyen
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Ky Duyen worked together with Sessue Hayakawa in:
3 Movies
Colleen Moore
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Colleen Moore worked together with Sessue Hayakawa in:
3 Movies
Fannie Ward
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Fannie Ward worked together with Sessue Hayakawa in:
3 Movies
Paul Azaïs
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Paul Azaïs worked together with Sessue Hayakawa in:
3 Movies
John Gilbert
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John Gilbert worked together with Sessue Hayakawa in:
3 Movies
Rudolph Valentino
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Rudolph Valentino worked together with Sessue Hayakawa in:
3 Movies
Keiko Kishi
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Keiko Kishi worked together with Sessue Hayakawa in:
2 Movies
1 TV Shows
Anna May Wong
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Anna May Wong worked together with Sessue Hayakawa in:
3 Movies
Noah Beery
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Noah Beery worked together with Sessue Hayakawa in:
3 Movies
Guy Oliver
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Guy Oliver worked together with Sessue Hayakawa in:
3 Movies
Cecil B. DeMille
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Cecil B. DeMille worked together with Sessue Hayakawa in:
3 Movies
Gladys Brockwell
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Gladys Brockwell worked together with Sessue Hayakawa in:
3 Movies
Marin Sais
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Marin Sais worked together with Sessue Hayakawa in:
3 Movies
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