Sessue Hayakawa
Date of Birth
Jun 10, 1889
Birth Place:
Nanaura, Chiba, Japan


Best remembered by international audiences for his Oscar-nominated turn as Japanese POW camp commander Sato in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Sessue Hayakawa was one of the first Japanese actors to have a successful Hollywood career. Born Kintaro Hayakawa in the city of Chiba on the island of Honshu, he originally aspired to join the navy but was prevented by a partial hearing loss. Instead,...