More Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Bios & Profiles
Biography #2Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa was born in Tokyo but grew up in various cities in the United States, finally settling in Southern California. Tagawa began acting in high school. His mother, an actress in Tokyo, tried to discourage him from becoming an actor because she thought Asian roles in America lacked substance.
Tagawa began his film career as an extra in Big Trouble in Little China, starring Kurt Russell. His first big break as an actor was his role as Chang in Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor. He went on to contribute his distinctive talent to numerous films including Rising Sun, with Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes; Mortal Kombat, with Christopher Lambert; The Phantom, with Billy Zane; John Carpenter's Vampires and, more recently, Snow Falling on Cedars, directed by Scott Hicks. He is currently working on the feature drama Pearl Harbor for director Michael Bay, scheduled for 2001 release, and is slated to begin production on Tim Burton's The Visitor.
Tagawa is also a familiar face on television. He was a regular cast member on the CBS series Nash Bridges and the science fiction/action series Space Rangers, and has appeared on numerous other popular TV shows including Stargate SG-1 and Babylon 5.
When he's not acting, Tagawa addresses student groups at SFSU and Stanford, coaches professional athletes and works on a new form of martial arts he developed called Chuu Shin. He teaches a whole new concept for sports athletes by bringing martial arts to athletic training, which can be found in detail on his website, www.caryhtagawa.com.
Bio courtesy Warner Bros. (01-Jan-2000)