~Sessue Hayakawa~

Born: June 10, 1889 in Nanaura, Chiba, Japan
Died: November 23, 1973 in Tokyo, Japan
~Los Angeles Times~
Nov. 25, 1973 and Dec. 22, 1957
Sessue Hayakawa portrayed Col. Saito, a Japanese imperial army officer whose duty was to build a
bridge over the River Kwai in Thailand with Allied prisoners of war during World War II. He
received an Oscar nomination for his as role the camp commander in "The Bridge on the River
Kwai" (1957) — a role he believed was his greatest.

Hayakawa graduated from the University of Chicago, where he majored in political economy, in
1912. He entered motion pictures in 1913. The following year Thomas Ince wrote and produced "The
Wrath of the Gods," which starred Hayakawa and his wife, Tsuru Aoki.

In 1915 Hayakawa costarred with Fannie Ward in Cecil B. DeMille's "The Cheat." The movie was a
box office success and elevated Hayakawa to stardom. He was one of the great film idols of those
early motion picture days. He was the highest-priced actor in films for a while. His salary rose
astronomically — from $150 a week to $1,000 a week to $7,500 a week — in those taxless wonder
days. The public flocked to his pictures, "The Cheat," "The Tong Man," "An Arabian Knight."
Usually, he was the menace, but he played many a hero role opposite such early-day stars as Bessie
Love, Blanche Sweet, Zasu Pitts and Florence Vidor.

He bought the old wooden lot at the corner of Sunset and Hollywood boulevards and began making
his own pictures — eight a year, writing, directing, editing and starring in them. And then suddenly,
in 1923, he quit Hollywood.

He left Hollywood first for London and then Japan. He came back once to make a talking picture
costarring Anna May Wong. He then discovered France.
Hayakawa starred in Paris on the stage and made 17 French movies. He remained in France until
the end of World War II.

Hayakawa returned to the United States in 1949. He made "Tokyo Joe," with Humphrey Bogart.
After "Tokyo Joe," Hayakawa continued making movies in Japan and doing an occasional American
picture — "Three Came Home," House of Bamboo," and "Bridge on the River Kwai."
Hayakawa's final movie was "The Big Wave" in 1961.

— Associated Press and Cecil Smith in the Los Angeles Times Nov. 25, 1973 and Dec. 22, 1957
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J'ai tué! (1924) .... Hideo the antiquarian
... aka Fidélité (France)
... aka I Have Killed (USA)
The Danger Line (1924) .... Marquis Yorisaka
... aka The Battle (International: English title)
Sen Yan's Devotion (1924) .... Sen Yan
The Great Prince Shan (1924) .... Prince Shan
La bataille (1923)
The Vermilion Pencil (1922) .... Tse Chan/The Unknown/Li Chan
Five Days to Live (1922) .... Tai Leung
The Swamp (1921) .... Wang
Where Lights Are Low (1921) .... T''Su Wong Shih
Black Roses (1921) .... Yoda
The First Born (1921) .... Chan Wang
An Arabian Knight (1920) .... Ahmed
Li Ting Lang (1920) .... Li Ting Lang
... aka Traditions Altar (USA: copyright title)
The Devil's Claim (1920) .... Akbar Khan/Hassan
The Brand of Lopez (1920) .... Vasco Lopez
The Beggar Prince (1920) .... Nikki/Prince
The Tong Man (1919) .... Luk Chen
The Illustrious Prince (1919) .... Prince Maiyo
Bonds of Honor (1919) .... Yamashito/Sasamoto
The Dragon Painter (1919) .... Tatsu - the Dragon Painter
The Gray Horizon (1919) .... Yamo Masata
The Man Beneath (1919) .... Dr. Chindi Ashutor
His Debt (1919) .... Goto Mariyama
The Courageous Coward (1919) .... Suki Iota
A Heart in Pawn (1919) .... Tomaya
Banzai (1918) .... The American General
The Temple of Dusk (1918) .... Akira
His Birthright (1918) .... Yukio
The City of Dim Faces (1918) .... Jang Lung
The Bravest Way (1918) .... Kara Tamura
The White Man's Law (1918) .... John A. Genghis
The Honor of His House (1918) .... Count Ito Onato
... aka Honor of the House (USA: informal English alternative title)
The Hidden Pearls (1918) .... Tom Garvin
The Secret Game (1917) .... Nara-Nara
The Call of the East (1917) .... Arai Takada
Hashimura Togo (1917) .... Hashimura Togo
Forbidden Paths (1917) .... Sato
The Jaguar's Claws (1917) .... El Jaguar
The Bottle Imp (1917) .... Lopaka
Each to His Kind (1917) .... Rhandah
The Ragamuffin (1916)...(uncredited)
The Victoria Cross (1916) .... Azimoolah
The Soul of Kura San (1916) .... Toyo
The Honorable Friend (1916) .... Makino
Alien Souls (1916) .... Sakata
Temptation (1915) .... Opera Admirer
The Cheat (1915) .... Hishuru Tori (original release)/Haka Arakau (in 1918 re-release)
The Secret Sin (1915) .... Lin Foo
The Clue (1915) .... Nogi
The Chinatown Mystery (1915) .... Yo Hong
The Famine (1915) .... Horisho
After Five (1915) .... Oki, the Valet
The Last of the Line (1914)
Mother of the Shadows (1914)
The Vigil (1914) .... Kenjiro
Nipped (1914)
The Hateful God (1914) (unconfirmed)
The Typhoon (1914) .... Tokorama
The Death Mask (1914)
The Village 'Neath the Sea (1914)
The Curse of Caste (1914)
Star of the North (1914)
A Relic of Old Japan (1914)
A Tragedy of the Orient (1914)
The Wrath of the Gods (1914) .... Lord Yamaki
... aka The Destruction of Sakura-Jima or The Wrath of the Gods
The Ambassador's Envoy (1914)
The Geisha (1914)
The Courtship of O San (1914)
O Mimi San (1914)