Portrait Sessue Hayakawa
Actor - Japan
Born June 10, 1889 in Chiba, Japan
Died November 23, 1973 in Tokyo

Mini-Biography:
Sessue Hayakawa was born on June 10, 1889 in Chiba, Japan. He was Actor, known for The Bridge on the river Kwai (1957), Die Tochter des Samurai (1937), The Man beneath (1919), Sessue Hayakawa's first movie on record is from 1914. Sessue Hayakawa died on November 23, 1973 in Tokyo. His last motion picture on file dates from 1958.
Biographical Notes in German: Bevor Sessue Hayakawa als japanischer Lagerkommandant in David Lean's BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI eine OSCAR-Nomnierung für die beste Neberolle erhielt, konnte er bereits auf eine lange Karriere im amerikanischen Film zurückblicken.
Als Kintaro Hayakawa 1890 in Nanawa geboren, sollte Hayakawa erst eine Karriere bei der japanischen Marine einschlagen, studierte dann aber an der Universität in Chicago und kam in Los Angeles durch Thomas H. Ince zum Film.
TYPHOON (1914) machte ihn zum Star, Hayakawas Rollen wurden typischerweise dunkle asiatische Bösewichte, im Stil oft vom klassischen japanischen Theater beeinflusst. Zusammen mit seiner Frau und Schauspielerin Tsuru Aoki bildete er eine eigene Produktionsfirma, Haworth Pictures, die in den frühen Zwanziger Jahren eine grössere Zahl Filme produzierte.
Anna May Wong war Sessue Hayawakas Partnerin in dessen Tonfilmdebüt DAUGHTER OF THE DRAGON (1931), im Zweiten Weltkrieg tauchte Hayakawa im besetzten Frankreich unter und kehrte erst Ende der Vierziger Jahre in die USA zurück. Seine Memoiren erschienen 1960 unter dem Titel ZEN SHOWED ME THE WAY.

Filmography [Auszug]
1958: The geisha boy (Cast: Mr. Sikita), Directed by Frank Tashlin, with Suzanne Pleshette, Robert Hirano,
1957: The Bridge on the river Kwai (Die Brücke am Kwai) (Cast: Colonel Saito), Directed by David Lean, with Alec Guinness, William Holden,
1955: House of Bamboo (Cast: Inspektor Kita), Directed by Samuel Fuller, with Shirley Yamaguchi, Biff Elliot,
1950: Three came home (Cast), Directed by Jean Negulesco, with Claudette Colbert, Patric Knowles,
1949: Tokyo Joe (Cast), Directed by Stuart Heisler, with Humphrey Bogart, Florence Marly,
1947: Quartier chinois (Cast), Directed by René Sti, with Alfred Adam, Michèle Alfa,
1938: Tempête sur l'Asie (Cast: Le prince Ling ), Directed by Richard Oswald, with Conrad Veidt, Madeleine Robinson,
1937: Die Tochter des Samurai (Cast), Directed by Arnold Fanck, with Ruth Eweler, Setsuko Hara,
1937: Forfaiture (Cast), Directed by Marcel L'Herbier, with Victor Dancen, Lise Delamar,
1937: Yoshiwara (Cast), Directed by Max Ophüls, with Pierre-Richard Willm, Lucienne Le Marchand,
1931: Daughter of the Dragon (Cast), Directed by Lloyd Corrigan, with Bramwell Fletcher, Warner Oland,
1922: The Vermillon Pencil (Cast: Tse Chan), Directed by Norman O. Dawn, with Sidney Franklin,
1920: An Arabian Knight (Cast: Ahmed ), Directed by Charles Swickard,
1920: Li Ting Lang (Traditions Altar) (Cast: Li Ting Lang), Directed by Charles Swickard, with Allan Forrest, Charles Mason,
1920: The Devil's Claim (Cast: Akbar Khan / Hassan ), Directed by Charles Swickard,
1920: The Brand of Lopez (Cast: Vasco Lopez), Directed by Joseph De Grasse,
1920: The Beggar Prince (Cast: Nikki / Prince), Directed by William Worthington,
1919: The Tong Man (Cast: Luk Chen), Directed by William Worthington,
1919: The Illustrious Prince (Cast: Prince Maiyo), Directed by William Worthington, with Mabel Ballin, Harry Lonsdale,
1919: Bonds of Honor (Cast: Yamashito / Sasamoto ), Directed by William Worthington,
1919: The Dragon Painter (Cast: Tatsu - the Dragon Painter ), Directed by William Worthington, with Tsuru Aoki, Edward Peil,
1919: The Gray Horizon (Cast: Yamo Masata ), Directed by William Worthington,
1919: The Man beneath (Cast: Dr. Chindi Ashuter), Directed by William Worthington, with Helen Jerome Eddy, Pauline Curley,
1919: The Courageous Coward (Cast: Suki), Directed by William Worthington, with Tsuru Aoki, Toyo Fujita,
1919: His Debt (Cast: Goto Mariyama ), Directed by William Worthington,
1919: A Heart in Pawn (Cast: Tomaya ), Directed by William Worthington,
1918: United States Fourth Liberty Loan Drive (Cast: Sessue Hayakawa), Directed by Frank Lloyd, with Dorothy Dalton, William Farnum, William Faversham,
1918: The Temple of Dusk (Cast: Akira), Directed by James Young, with Jane Novak, Louis Willoughby,
1918: Banzai (Cast), Directed by N. N.,
1918: His Birthright (Based on ), Directed by William Worthington, with Marin Sais, Howard Davies,
1918: The City of Dim Faces (Cast: Jang Lung), Directed by George Melford, with Doris Pawn, Marin Sais,
1918: The Bravest Way (Cast: Kara Tamura), Directed by George Melford, with Florence Vidor, Tsuru Aoki,
1918: The Hidden Pearls (Cast: Tom Garvin), Directed by George Melford, with Margaret Loomis, Florence Vidor,
1917: The Secret Game (Cast), Directed by William C. de Mille, with Jack Holt, Florence Vidor, Mayme Kelso,
1917: The Call of the East (Cast: Arai Takada ), Directed by George Melford, with Tsuru Aoki, Jack Holt,
1917: Hashimura Togo (Cast: Hashimura Togo ), Directed by William C. de Mille, with Florence Vidor, Mabel van Buren,
1917: Forbidden Paths (Cast: Sato), Directed by Robert Thornby, with Vivian Martin, Tom Forman,
1917: The Jaguar's Claws (Cast: El Jaguar ), Directed by Marshall Neilan, with Fritzi Brunette, Tom Moore,
1917: The Bottle Imp (Cast: Lopaka), Directed by Marshall Neilan, with Lehua Waipahu, H Komshi,
1917: Each to his kind (Cast: Rhandah ), Directed by Edward J. Le Saint, with Tsuru Aoki, Vola Vale,
1916: The honorable friend (Cast: Makino), Directed by Edward LeSaint, with Tsuru Aoki, Raymond Hatton,
1916: Alien souls (Cast: Sakata ), Directed by Frank Reicher, with Tsuru Aoki, Earle Foxe,
1915: Temptation (Cast: Opera Admirer), Directed by Cecil B. DeMille, with Geraldine Farrar, Theodore Roberts, Pedro de Cordoba,
1915: The Cheat (Cast: Hishuru Tori / Haka Arakau), Directed by Cecil B. DeMille, with Fannie Ward, Jack Dean,
1915: The Secret Sin (Cast: Lin Foo), Directed by Frank Reicher, with Blanche Sweet, Hal Clements, Alice Knowland,
1915: The Clue (Cast: Nogi), Directed by James Neill, Frank Reicher, with Blanche Sweet, Gertrude Kellar, Edward MacKay,
1915: The Chinatown Mystery (Cast: Yo Hong), Directed by Reginald Barker, with Howard C. Hickman, Leona Hutton,
1915: The Famine (Cast: Horisho), Directed by George Osborne, with Tsuru Aoki, Kisaburo Kurihara,
1915: After Five (Cast: Oki, the Valet ), Directed by Oscar Apfel, Cecil B. DeMille, with Edward Abeles, Betty Schade,
1914: The Last of the Line (Cast: Tiah - Gray Otter's Son ), Directed by Jay Hunt, with Joe Goodboy, Tsuru Aoki,
1914: Mother of the Shadows (Cast: Running Elk), Directed by George Osborne, with Tsuru Aoki, John Keller,
1914: The Vigil (Cast: Kenjiro), Directed by George Osborne, with Tsuru Aoki, Kisaburo Kurihara,
1914: Nipped (Cast: Taro Kamura ), Directed by George Osborne, with Tsuru Aoki, Mr. Yoshida,
1914: The Typhoon (Cast: Tokorama), Directed by Reginald Barker, with Gladys Brockwell, Frank Borzage,
1914: The Curse of Caste (Cast: Kato), Directed by Reginald Barker, with Tsuru Aoki, Kisaburo Kurihara,
1914: A Tragedy of the Orient (Cast: Kato ), Directed by Reginald Barker, with Tsuru Aoki, George Osborne,
1914: A Relic of Old Japan (Cast: Koto), Directed by Reginald Barker, with Tsuru Aoki, Gladys Brockwell,
1914: The Wrath of the Gods (The Destruction of Sakura Jima) (Cast: Lord Yamaki), Directed by Reginald Barker, Raymond B. West, with Tsuru Aoki, Frank Borzage,
1914: The Ambassador's Envoy (Cast), Directed by Reginald Barker, with Frank Borzage, Gladys Brockwell, Harrington Reynolds,
1914: The Geisha (Cast: Takura ), Directed by Reginald Barker, Raymond B. West, with Tsuru Aoki, Frank Borzage,
1914: O Mimi San (Cast: Yorotomo ), Directed by Charles Miller, with Tsuru Aoki, Kisaburo Kurihara,

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