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Ken Watanabe
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    (October 21, 1959- )
    Birth name is Kensaku Watanabe
    Nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for 'The Last Samurai' (2004)
    Appeared in 'Tampopo' (1987), 'Macarthur's Children' (1985), 'Uni to Dokuyatu' (1987), 'Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald' (1999); appearing in 'Batman' (2005) and 'Memoirs of a Geisha' (2005)
    He is often cast as a samurai in his movies.
    He divorced during his Oscar nomination ride.
    He did not become interested in acting until he was 24.
    He gained 20 pounds for his role in 'The Last Samurai.'
    At six feet and two inches, he is tall for an Asian man.
    He became only the fourth Asian actor to be nominated for an Academy Award for acting.
    He ranked in People Magazines Most Beautiful People in 2004.
    He had to stop filming 'Heaven and Earth' in 1989 when a doctor diagnosed him with leukemia. He made a full recovery appearing in 'Bakumatsu Junjouden' the next year.
    He beat leukemia in 1989 and overcame a relapse in 1994.
    Despite being often casted as a samurai, he has portrayed a cop, an office worker, a gangster, a nobleman, a soldier and a monarch.

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