Ken Watanabe
Ken Watanabe

Gender

Male

Known Credits

13

Ken Watanabe

Date of Birth: Oct 21, 1959

Birthplace:  Uonuma, Japan

 

 

Biography

Both of Ken Watanabes 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 Englands 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 samurais 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.

Known For

Filmography

Godzilla 2

Godzilla 2

as Dr. Ishiro Serizawa

2018

Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok

as Asgardian Noble

2017

The Sea of Trees

The Sea of Trees

as Takumi Nakamura

2016

Letters from Iwo Jima

Letters from Iwo Jima

as General Tadamichi Kuribayashi

2006

Memoirs of a Geisha

Memoirs of a Geisha

as The Chairman

2005

Batman Begins

Batman Begins

as Ra's Al Ghul

2005

The Last Samurai

The Last Samurai

as Katsumoto

2003

Tampopo

Tampopo

as Gun

1970

Memories of Tomorrow

Memories of Tomorrow

as Masayuki Saeki

1965