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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 4,903,824 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia. Ken Watanabe is the 474th most popular actor (up from 553rd in 2019), the 123rd most popular biography from Japan (up from 139th in 2019) and the 5th 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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  • 4.9M

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  • 62.92

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  • 48

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  • 6.74

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.17

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among ACTORS

Among actors, Ken Watanabe ranks 474 out of 9,996Before him are John Rhys-Davies, Halle Berry, Jonathan Pryce, Meg Ryan, Tilda Swinton, and Bill Nighy. After him are Steve Carell, Julie Walters, Anne Bancroft, Hugo Weaving, Jane Seymour, and Kevin Bacon.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1959, Ken Watanabe ranks 13Before him are Morrissey, János Áder, Emma Thompson, Evo Morales, Bryan Adams, and Sean Bean. After him are Magic Johnson, Hugh Laurie, Bernd Schuster, Maurizio Sarri, Sarah, Duchess of York, and Kyle MacLachlan.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Ken Watanabe ranks 123 out of 6,048Before him are Emperor Momozono (1741), Kakuichi Mimura (1931), Kūkai (774), Empress Kōjun (1903), Emperor Nintoku (290), and Emperor Kōrei (-341). After him are Isamu Akasaki (1929), Jiro Horikoshi (1903), Iwane Matsui (1878), Sanada Yukimura (1567), Shoichi Yokoi (1915), and Momofuku Ando (1910).

Among ACTORS In Japan

Among actors born in Japan, Ken Watanabe ranks 5Before him are Olivia de Havilland (1916), Joan Fontaine (1917), Liv Ullmann (1938), and Sonny Chiba (1939). After him are Takashi Shimura (1905), Hiroyuki Sanada (1960), Setsuko Hara (1920), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (1950), Tatsuya Nakadai (1932), Masako Nozawa (1936), and Ken Takakura (1931).

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