Ken Watanabe

1959 - Today

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Ken Watanabe (渡辺 謙, Watanabe Ken, born October 21, 1959) is a Japanese 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 Film Prize for Best Actor twice, in 2007 for Memories of Tomorrow and in 2010 for Shizumanu Taiyō. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ken Watanabe has received more than 6,093,190 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Ken Watanabe is the 544th most popular actor (down from 472nd in 2019), the 159th most popular biography from Japan (down from 123rd in 2019) and the 6th most popular Japanese Actor.

Ken Watanabe is most famous for his role as the King of Siam in the musical "The King and I" in the 1990s.

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  • 6.1M

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  • 62.65

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  • 49

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  • 5.72

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.60

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among actors, Ken Watanabe ranks 544 out of 13,578Before him are Eleonora Duse, Tippi Hedren, Karlheinz Böhm, Brian Cox, Mel Ferrer, and Nǃxau ǂToma. After him are Maria Schell, Raul Julia, Louise Fletcher, Mae West, Nastassja Kinski, and Jessica Tandy.

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Among people born in 1959, Ken Watanabe ranks 23Before him are Bryan Adams, Magic Johnson, Bernd Schuster, Mauricio Macri, Ali Bongo Ondimba, and Sean Bean. After him are János Áder, Mike Pence, Benny Gantz, Milorad Dodik, Robert Knepper, and John McEnroe.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Ken Watanabe ranks 159 out of 6,245Before him are Kenzō Takada (1939), Kazuyoshi Miura (1967), Junko Tabei (1939), Kobayashi Issa (1763), Tomoyuki Yamashita (1885), and Iwane Matsui (1878). After him are Shoko Asahara (1955), Osamu Yamaji (1929), Nobusuke Kishi (1896), Emperor Ōjin (210), Antonio Inoki (1943), and Shohei Imamura (1926).

Among ACTORS In Japan

Among actors born in Japan, Ken Watanabe ranks 6Before him are Olivia de Havilland (1916), Liv Ullmann (1938), Mako (1933), Sonny Chiba (1939), and Joan Fontaine (1917). After him are Takashi Shimura (1905), Setsuko Hara (1920), Hiroyuki Sanada (1960), Tatsuya Nakadai (1932), Sessue Hayakawa (1886), and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (1950).

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