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Ken Watanabe is an actor born on October 21, 1959 (60 years old) in Koide, Niigata, Japan. Since Ken Watanabe made his US film debut in THE ULTIMATE SAMURAI (Oscar-nominated, Screen Actors Guild, Critics’ Choice and Golden Globe) by Ed Zwick, along with Tom Cruise, the actor has collaborated with some of the most important filmmakers of today.

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Ken enjoyed a lot of appreciation during his training days. Her skill as an actress was so impressive that she became the protagonist of her second play, ‘Shitaya mannencho monogatari’. This happened even before he completed his course of action.

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In 2006, Watanabe played the brave Japanese general Tadamichi Kuribayashi in Clint Eastwood’s award-winning WWII drama LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA. The first time that Watanabe worked with director Christopher Nolan was in the 2005 box office hit BATMAN BEGINS and later they returned to collaborate in ORIGEN. For Rob Marshall, Watanabe starred in MEMORIAS DE UNA GEISHA, the exuberant on-screen adaptation of Arthur Golden’s best-selling novel. 

In 2018, Watanabe will co-star alongside Julianne Moore and Demian Bichir BEL CANTO, an adaptation of Ann Patchett’s bestselling novel directed by Paul Weitz based on true events and set in Peru in the mid-1990s.

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Watanabe is currently working with Ryan Reynolds on POKEMON, Legendary Entertainment’s real-action Pokemon film directed by Rob Letterman. In a role created especially for the film, Watanabe plays the character called Detective Yoshida. Universal will release the film on May 10, 2019.

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Ken married Yumiko in 1983 and has a son named Dai Watanabe. The couple divorced in March of 2005.

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In 2014, Watanabe co-starred with Sally Hawkins and David Strathairn GODZILLA of Warner Bros. and Legendary, directed by Gareth Edwards. Next year, he will repeat the role of Dr. Ishiro Serizawa in GODZILLA: KING OF MONSTERS, directed by Michael Dougherty and co-starring Hawkins, Kyle Chandler and Millie Bobby Brown. Other Watanabe credits in English include Gus Van Sant’s SEA OF TREES and Drift’s voice in the two previous installments of Michael Bay’s TRANSFORMERS.

Ken Watanabe Wife 

He married Kaho Minami on December 3, 2005.

In 2006, Watanabe starred in and was the executive producer of the Japanese film ASHITA NO KIOKU, for which he won several awards for best actor, including the equivalent of the Oscars in Japan and the Hochi Film award.

In 2009, Watanabe starred in SHIZUMANO TAIYÔ (THE UNBROKEN) for which he received his second prize from the Japanese Academy and the Hochi Film Award for best actor. His credits also include YURUSAREZARU MONO, UNFORGIVEN (Japanese Academy Award nominee), Sang-il Lee’s Japanese language version of Clint Eastwood’s film, the successful international comedy TAMPOPO, directed by Juzo Itami, RAGE, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2016, IKEBUKURO WEST GATE PARK, SUPÊSUTORABERÂZU, OBORERU SAKANA (DROWNING FISH) and SHIN JINGINAKI TATAKAI / BOSATSU (FIGHT WITHOUT LOYALTY / MURDER), an updated version of the popular film series Yakuza. 

Ken Watanabe Son

Ken legally adopted Kaho’s son from his previous marriage.

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Ken Watanabe Tony Awards

In 2015, Watanabe was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance as the King of Siam alongside Kelli O’Hara in the acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater remake of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s play The King and I, directed by Bartlett Sher. The production marked Watanabe’s debuts on the stages of the United States and Broadway. He will be back on the boards for the replenishment at the West End Palladium Theater in London in June of this year. 

Watanabe began his acting career at En, a theater company in Tokyo. His starring performance in the company’s production of Shitayamannen-cho monogatari, directed by Yukio Ninawara, captivated the attention of both critics and the Japanese public. Last year Watanabe returned to the Tokyo and Osaka charts in the critically acclaimed comedy and sold out all the entries Dialogue with Horowitz by Koki Mitani. His credits in Japanese theaters also include Hamlet, The Lion in Winter and The Royal Hunt of the Sun.

In 1982, Watanabe made his television debut with “Michinaru Hanran”. His extraordinary presence on the screen in the drama series “Dokugan-ryu Masamume” led him to participate in the historical series “Oda Nobunaga” and “Chushingsra 1/47”,

Ken Watanabe Net Worth

Ken’s net worth is estimated at $ 20 million.

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Real Name

Ken Watanabe






60 years old


 1.84 m


 80 kg


$ 20 million

Net Worth

$ 40 million

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