Ken Watanabe

BirthDay:

21 Oct 1959

BirthPlace:

Uonuma, Japan

BirthName:

Kensaku Watanabe

Bio:

Both of Ken Watanabe's parents were teachers: his mother taught general education and his dad taught calligraphy. He became interested in acting at the age of 24 when a director of England's National Theatre Company, where he was studying, told him that acting was his special gift. Ken is mostly known in Japan for playing samurais. He incorporates the samurai's values in his daily life by not amassing too many material possessions and by living his life with honor, pride and discipline. The Last Samurai (2003), the film that introduced him to Western audiences, was his fourth film released in 2003, and he has also starred in roles as a gangster, a businessmen and a general. Ken is currently separated from his wife and has two children, a daughter who is working as a model and one son.
Filmography

Actor ( 59 credits )

Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Drift (voice)
Rage (2016)
The Sea of Trees (2015) Takumi Nakamura
Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) Drift (voice)
Godzilla (2014) Dr. Ishiro Serizawa
Unforgiven (2013) Jubee kamata
Hayabusa: The Long Voyage Home (2012) Shunichiro Yamaguchi
Unite for Japan (2011) Himself
Sawako no asa (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Shanghai (2010) Tanaka
Inception (2010) Saito
Janela Indiscreta (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Pon! (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
The Unbroken (2009) Hajime Onchi
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009) Mr. Tall
Keiji ichidai: Hiratsuka Hachibei no Shôwa jiken shi (2009)  Hachibei Hiratsuka (unknown episodes)
Clouds Over the Hill (2009)  Narration (5 episodes, 2009)
Earth (2007) Narrator (voice)
Bokura no jidai (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
100 Nen Interview (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Memories of Tomorrow (2006) Masayuki Saeki
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) General Kuribayashi
News Zero (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) Chairman
Batman Begins (2005) Ra's Al Ghul
Ashes and Snow (2005) Japanese Narrator (voice)
Year One in the North (2005) Hideaki Komatsubara
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Suna no utsuwa (2004)  Syuichiro Imanishi (unknown episodes)
The Last Samurai (2003) Katsumoto
T.R.Y. (2003) Masanobu Azuma
ETV Special (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Another Battle/Conspiracy (2002) Fujimaki Hiroaki
Hi wa mata noboru (2002) Okubo
Sennen no koi - Hikaru Genji monogatari (2001) Fujiwara no Michinaga / Fujiwara no Nobutaka
Drowning Fish (2001) Miyota
Kochira Daisanshiyakaibu (2001)  Jiro Shimizu
Hôjô Tokimune (2001)
Zawa-zawa Shimo-Kitazawa (2000) Ishida
Space Travelers (2000) Sakamaki ("Crusher")
Ikebukuro West Gate park (2000)  Yokoyama (11 episodes, 2000)
Kizuna (1998) Detective Sako Akio
Tenamonya Shôsha (1998)
Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald (1997) Raita Onuki, the truck driver
Gokenin Zankurô (1995)  Zankurô Matsudaira (1 episode, 1997)
Mezamashi terebi (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005-2010)
Bakumatsu jyunjyoden (1991) Ryouma Sakamoto
Harenochi kaminari (1989)
Dokugan-ryu Masamune (1987)  Date Masamune (50 episodes, 1987)
The Sea and Poison (1986) Toda
Kekkon annai misuterî (1985) Funayama Tetsuya / Masakazu Sekine
Tampopo (1985) Gun
MacArthur's Children (1984) Tetsuo
Sanga moyu (1984)
Mibu no koiuta (1983)
Waratte iitomo! (1982)  Himself (2 episodes, 2009-2014)
Tetsuko's Room (1976)  Co-emcee / ... (2 episodes, 1996-2009)
Silence (0)

Producer ( 3 credits )

Hayabusa: The Long Voyage Home (2012) co-executive producer
Unite for Japan (2011) executive producer
Memories of Tomorrow (2006) executive producer

Director ( 1 credit )

Unite for Japan (2011)