Ken Watanabe

64, from Koide, Niigata, Japan

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Ken Watanabe (born October 21, 1959) is a Japanese stage, film, and television 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 blockbusters Batman Begins and Inception.

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2024Aged 65

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2020Aged 61

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2019Aged 60

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2018Aged 59

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2017Aged 58

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2016Aged 57

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2014Aged 55

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2012Aged 53

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2007Aged 48

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2006Aged 47

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2005Aged 46

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2003Aged 44

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2002Aged 43

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2001Aged 42

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2000Aged 41

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1998Aged 39

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1997Aged 38

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1993Aged 34

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1992Aged 33

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1991Aged 32

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1990Aged 31

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1987Aged 28

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1986Aged 27

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1985Aged 26

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1984Aged 25

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1980Aged 21

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