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Ken Watanabe (ae,?e 3/4 ? e??, Watanabe Kensaku?, born October 21, 1959) is a Japanese stage, film, and television 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 TaiyA?. He is also known for his roles in director Christopher Nolan's Hollywood films Batman Begins and Inception. He also starred in the 2014 reboot of Godzilla, and lends his voice to the fourth installment to the Transformers franchise, Transformers: Age of Extinction.


Watanabe was born in Koide, Niigata. His mother was a school teacher and his father taught calligraphy. Due to a number of relocations for his parents' work, he spent his childhood in the villages of Irihirose and Sumon, both now part of the city of Uonuma, and in Takada, now part of the city of JA?etsu. He attended Niigata Prefectural Koide High School, where he was a member of the concert band club, playing trumpet, which he had played since childhood.
After graduation from high school, in 1978 he aimed to enter Musashino Academia Musicae, a conservatory in Tokyo. However, he had never received a formal musical education, and because his father had collapsed when Ken was in junior high school and was unable to work there was difficulty in finding the money for tuition. In part because of these problems, Watanabe gave up entering the conservatory.[citation needed]
After graduating from high school in 1978, Watanabe moved to Tokyo to begin his acting career, getting his big break with the Tokyo-based theater troupe En. While with the troupe, he was cast as the hero in the play Shimodani Mannencho Monogatari, under Yukio Ninagawa's direction. The role attracted crit

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Posted: July 17, 2017, 8:00 am

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Japanese star Ken Watanabe is famous for his Oscar-nominated role in ... Preserving these dances helps underscore that “The King and I” endures for its beauty and ambition.
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Mr. Sato and Yoshio visit a cafe that receives a daily letter from actor Ken Watanabe

Prolific Japanese actor Ken Watanabe may have achieved stardom both domestically and internationally, but to the residents of a small city in northern Japan, he’s also known for his heart of gold. Kesennuma (気仙沼), Miyagi Prefecture is one of ...
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