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James Shigeta

James Shigeta is a Hawaiian-born actor who made his acting debut in 1959, at age 26, in the film The Crimson Kimono. Generally cast as anything but a Hawaiian, Shigeta has an extensive list of film and television credits. He was most recently featured as the voice of the General in the animated Disney hit Mulan.

Briefly, in the early sixties, he became a heartthrob after the release of the 1961 film version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song. His film credits include Space Marines, China Cry, Cage, Midway, Bridge to the Sun, Paradise Hawaiian Style with Elvis Presley, the remake of Lost Horizon (1973), The Yakuza, Midway, and the original Die Hard with Bruce Willis.

Though never a series regular, Shigeta has done considerable guest starring on television programs and films, His television credits include Enola Gay, The Hardy Boys, The Killer Who Wouldn't Die, Hart to Hart, The Renegades, Once an Eagle, Tomorrow's Child, and The Questor Tapes," among many others.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

James Shigeta Facts

BirthdayJune 17, 1933 (89)
BirthplaceHawaii, USA

Selected Filmography

Not available.