Ken Watanabe

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Movie Actor
Date of Birth October 21, 1959
Place of Birth Koide, Japan
Age 61 years old
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Ken Watanabe

Ken Watanabe is a Japanese actor. To English-speaking audiences, he is known for playing tragic hero characters, such as General Tadamichi Kuribayashi in Letters from Iwo Jima and Lord Katsumoto Moritsugu in The Last Samurai, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Among other awards, he has won the Japan Academy Prize for Best Actor twice, in 2007 for Memories of Tomorrow and in 2010 for Shizumanu Taiyō. He is also known for his roles in Christopher Nolan's films Batman Begins, Inception and Lt. Yoshida in Pokémon Detective Pikachu. In 2014, he starred in the reboot Godzilla as Dr. Ishiro Serizawa, a role he reprised in the sequel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters. He lent his voice to the fourth and fifth installments of the Transformers franchise respectively, Transformers: Age of Extinction and Transformers: The Last Knight, as Decepticon turned Autobot Drift.

Born: October 21, 1959, Hirokami, Niigata, Japan
Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1979–present
Children: Dai Watanabe, Anne Watanabe
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About Ken Watanabe

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.

Before Fame

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.

Family Life

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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