Ken Watanabe

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Kensaku Watanabe
  • Birth Place: Koide, Niigata, Japan
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 10/21/1959, Libra
  • Profession: Actor
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Ken Watanabe Fast Facts:
  • Breakout role in Japan came with the popular 1985 comedy Tompopo (Dandelion).
  • Was diagnosed with leukemia in 1989 but continued to act while undergoing chemotherapy; suffered a relapse in 1994 that kept him in the hospital for more than a year.
  • Made his American film debut in the 2003 epic The Last Samurai.
  • In 2005, began treatment for hepatitis C, contracted while undergoing blood transfusions during his first bout of leukemia.
  • Released an autobiography, Dare? Who Am I?, in 2006 in Japan.
  • Took a leadership role in efforts to assist victims of the 2011 earthquake in Japan.
  • It was announced in 2012 that he would take part in a documentary about Japan's earthquake relief efforts.
  • Active in efforts to battle climate change.
  • Ken Watanabe Relationships:
  • Shin Shinitiro - Son
  • Kaho Minami - Wife
  • An Watanabe - Daughter
  • Yumiko Watanabe - Ex-wife
  • Ken Watanabe Awards:
  • 2004 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 2003 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • 2003 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee

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