Ken Watanabe is a Japanese actor. For English speaking audiences he is known to play tragic heroic characters, such as Shogun Tadamichi Kuribayashi in Letters from Iwo Jima and Lord Katsumoto Moritsugu in The Last Samurai, he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Among other awards, he won the Japan Academy Film Award for Best Actor twice, in 2007 for Memories of Tomorrow and in 2010 for Shizumanu Taiyō. He is also known for his roles in the films Batman Begins and Christopher Nolan's Inception, Memoirs of a Geisha and Pokémon Detective Pikachu. In 2014, he starred in the Godzilla reboot as Dr. Ishiro Serizawa, a role he reappeared in the sequel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters. He voiced the fourth and fifth installments of the Transformers series, Transformers: Age of Extinction and Transformers: The Last Knight, respectively, when Decepticon transformed Autobot Drift.
|Born||October 21, 1959, Hirokami, Niigata, Japan|
|Children||Dai Watanabe, Anne Watanabe|
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Japanese actor best known to American audiences for his roles in Inception and Batman Begins. His roles in Letters from Iwo Jima and The Last Samurai earned him critical acclaim. He also played a prominent role in the 2014 film Godzilla. In 2015, he had his Broadway debut as the King of Siam in The King and I.
He joined the Tokyo-based acting group, En, after graduating from high school.
He received the Japan Academy Prize for Best Actor for his role in the 2007 film, Memories of Tomorrow.
His daughter is actress and fashion model Anne Watanabe. He has a son named Dai and a daughter named Anne. He also has an adopted son.
Christian Bale was his costar in the film Batman Begins.
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Latest information about Ken Watanabe updated on May 17 2021.