Ken Watanabe

Japanese actor

Ken Watanabe (渡辺 謙, Watanabe Ken, born October 21, 1959)[1] is a Japanese stage, movie, and television actor. To English-speaking audiences, he is known for playing characters such as General Tadamichi Kuribayashi in Letters from Iwo Jima. He played Lord Katsumoto Moritsu in the 2003 movie The Last Samurai and 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 acting in Christopher Nolan's movies, Batman Begins and Inception.

Ken Watanabe
渡辺 謙
Ken Watanabe in 2007
Born (1959-10-21) October 21, 1959 (age 64)
Years active1979–present
Height184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Spouse(s)Yumiko Watanabe (div. 2005)
Kaho Minami (2005–present)

On February 9, 2016, it was revealed Watanabe, a leukemia survivor, had been diagnosed with stomach cancer.[2]


  1. "渡辺謙 Ken Watanabe". K Dash Group. Archived from the original on March 11, 2012.
  2. "Tony-nominated actor Ken Watanabe battling stomach cancer". Archived from the original on 2016-02-10. Retrieved 2019-04-15.

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