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Ken Watanabe (渡辺 謙 Watanabe Ken, born October 21, 1959) is a Japanese 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 Taiyō. He is also known for his roles in director Christopher Nolan's Hollywood films Batman Begins and Inception. In 2014, he starred in the reboot of Godzilla, and lent his voice to the fourth installment of the Transformers franchise, Transformers: Age of Extinction as Decepticon turned Autobot Drift. He is set to make his Broadway debut this April 2015 in Lincoln Center Theatre's revival production of The King and I in the title role (opposite Kelli O'Hara as Anna Leonowens).

Age: 55
Nationality: Japanese
Claim to Fame: The Last Samurai

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2016 Ikari -
2015 The Sea of Trees Takumi Nakamura
2014 Godzilla Dr. Ishiro Serizawa
2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction Drift
2014 Oyaji no Senaka -
2014 Hakugin Jack Reiji kurata
2013 Unforgiven Jubee kamata
2012 Hayabusa: The Long Voyage Home Shunichiro Yamaguchi
2012 Makete katsu - sengo wo tsukutta otoko Yoshida Shigeru Shigeru Yoshida
2011 Ai inochi - Shinjuku Kabukicho Kakekomi Dera - Hirayama
2010 Inception Saito



I do pay attention to the way the script envisages the world and how that view is conveyed through the roles, as well as what the director wants to express.


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Nominated for 25 Awards | Won 8

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