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Ken Watanabe Net Worth

Ken Watanabe Net Worth is
$20 Million

Ken Watanabe Biography

A global known Actor Kensaku Watanabe born about Wednesday, October 21, 1959


Known for movies

Quick Facts

Full NameKen Watanabe
Net Worth$20 Million
Date Of BirthOctober 21, 1959
Height1.84 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Film producer, Film director, Actor
NationalityJapanese
SpouseKaho Minami, Yumiko Watanabe
ChildrenAnne Watanabe, Dai Watanabe
ParentsRyoichi Watanabe
SiblingsJun Watanabe
Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/Ken-Watanabe-129387463802413
Twitterhttp://www.twitter.com/watanabe
AwardsJapan Academy Prize for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical, Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, Asian Film Award for Best Actor, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actor, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Drama
MoviesInception, Godzilla, The Last Samurai, Batman Begins, Letters from Iwo Jima, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Sea of Trees, Unforgiven, Memories of Tomorrow, Tampopo, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, Rage, The Unbroken, Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald, The Sea and Poison, Year One in the North, MacArthur's Children, Shanghai, Space Travelers, Chushingura 1/47, San Andreas, Bruce's Fist of Vengeance, Hayabusa: Harukanaru kikan, Kizuna, Tômawari no ame, Hei no naka no chûgakkô, Unite for Japan
TV ShowsSaka no Ue no Kumo, Suna no Utsuwa, Ikebukuro West Gate Park


Interesting Facts

#Fact
1 He owns Ken Watanabe Film Productions. One of the films produced is Harimao (1989), a film with about 3,000 Filipino talents and 200 Japanese, British and American actors.
2 Was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 1989. Since then he had fallen ill only once in 1994, but is now a fully recovered actor.
3 One of eight actors of Asian descent nominated for an Academy Award in an acting category. The others are Miyoshi Umeki who won Best Supporting Actress for Sayonara (1957), Sessue Hayakawa nominated for The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Mako nominated for The Sand Pebbles (1966), Ben Kingsley who won Best Actor for Gandhi (1982), Haing S. Ngor who won Best Supporting Actor for The Killing Fields (1984), Pat Morita nominated for The Karate Kid (1984), and Rinko Kikuchi nominated for Babel (2006).
4 Already extremely tall by Japanese standards, he gained a good amount of weight (about 20 pounds) to be an even more imposing presence for his role as "Katsumoto" in The Last Samurai (2003).
5 Children: son, actor Dai Watanabe (born August 1st 1984) and daughter, Anne Watanabe (born 1986).


Quotes

#Quote
1 With 'Letters from Iwo Jima,' then 'Memories of Tomorrow,' I reached a sort of turning point in my acting. I had poured so much of myself into those movies that I really had no idea where to go from there.
2 If the script is good, the cast and director good, I'll go anywhere.
3 About half the scripts sent to me feature characters I just can't identify with, particularly one-dimensional businessmen or, if it's a comedy, some absurd 10-year-old Japanese stereotype, some role related to IT or business... There's no point in getting mad about it; it's just the way things are.
4 As a Japanese actor, I really want to work with a lot of actors and actresses in the world and many directors who have many different kinds of talents. I feel like nationally doesn't matter at all.
5 Each director is different. Clint Eastwood and Chris Nolan are completely different, and I need to adjust to the story and character and the director and just my duty as an actor.
6 I have no sense of myself as a sex symbol at all. But the meaning of sex symbol might be a little different in Japan to elsewhere. The Japanese version seems to come with a stronger emphasis on a sort of grownup or mature male charm. And if that's the case, then I guess I'm happy to hear it.
7 I'm not a big star in Japan. I'm an actor. I have a very normal life. Four days a week, I cook at home. A star doesn't do that.


Pictures

All Ken Watanabe pictures

Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2010 Award of the Japanese Academy Awards of the Japanese Academy Best Actor Shizumanu taiyô (2009)
2009 Hochi Film Award Hochi Film Awards Best Actor Shizumanu taiyô (2009)
2007 Award of the Japanese Academy Awards of the Japanese Academy Best Actor Ashita no kioku (2006)
2007 Blue Ribbon Award Blue Ribbon Awards Best Actor Ashita no kioku (2006)
2007 Kinema Junpo Award Kinema Junpo Awards Best Actor Ashita no kioku (2006)
2006 Achievement in Acting Hawaii International Film Festival
2006 Hochi Film Award Hochi Film Awards Best Actor Ashita no kioku (2006)
2006 Nikkan Sports Film Award Nikkan Sports Film Awards Best Actor Ashita no kioku (2006)
2004 Special Award Blue Ribbon Awards The Last Samurai (2003)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014 Award of the Japanese Academy Awards of the Japanese Academy Best Actor Yurusarezaru mono (2013)
2011 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Ensemble Inception (2010) Leonardo DiCaprio

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Tom Hardy

Ellen Page

Cillian Murphy

Dileep Rao

Michael Caine

Pete Postlethwaite

Tom Berenger

Lukas Haas

Talulah Riley

Marion Cotillard
2011 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast Inception (2010) Tom Berenger

Michael Caine

Marion Cotillard

Leonardo DiCaprio

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Tom Hardy

Cillian Murphy

Ellen Page
2010 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Acting Inception (2010) Talulah Riley

Leonardo DiCaprio

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Tom Hardy

Ellen Page

Cillian Murphy

Dileep Rao

Michael Caine

Lukas Haas

Pete Postlethwaite

Marion Cotillard

Tom Berenger
2010 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble Inception (2010) Leonardo DiCaprio

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Tom Hardy

Ellen Page

Cillian Murphy

Tom Berenger

Dileep Rao

Michael Caine

Marion Cotillard

Pete Postlethwaite

Lukas Haas

Talulah Riley
2007 Asian Film Award Asian Film Awards Best Actor Ashita no kioku (2006)
2004 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role The Last Samurai (2003)
2004 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture The Last Samurai (2003)
2004 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actor The Last Samurai (2003)
2004 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor The Last Samurai (2003)
2004 IOMA Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) Best Supporting Actor (Miglior attore non protagonista) The Last Samurai (2003)
2004 Sierra Award Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor The Last Samurai (2003)
2004 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role The Last Samurai (2003)
2004 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Drama The Last Samurai (2003)
2004 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role The Last Samurai (2003)
2003 Award of the Japanese Academy Awards of the Japanese Academy Best Supporting Actor Hi wa mata noboru (2002)
2003 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor The Last Samurai (2003)
2002 Award of the Japanese Academy Awards of the Japanese Academy Best Supporting Actor Sennen no koi - Hikaru Genji monogatari (2001)
1999 Award of the Japanese Academy Awards of the Japanese Academy Best Supporting Actor Kizuna (1998)

3rd Place Awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2004 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor The Last Samurai (2003)


Filmography

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Transformers: The Last Knight 2017 post-production Drift (voice)
Shiawase no kioku 2017 TV Movie
Gonenme no hitori 2016 TV Movie
Ikari 2016 Yohei Maki
The Sea of Trees 2015 Takumi Nakamura
Oyaji no senaka 2014 TV Mini-Series
Hakugin Jack 2014 TV Movie Reiji kurata
Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014 Drift (voice)
Godzilla 2014 Dr. Ishiro Serizawa
Yurusarezaru mono 2013 Jubee kamata
Makete, katsu: Sengo wo tsukutta otoko Yoshida Shigeru 2012 TV Mini-Series Shigeru Yoshida
Hayabusa: Harukanaru kikan 2012 Shunichiro Yamaguchi
Ai inochi - Shinjuku Kabukicho Kakekomi Dera - 2011 TV Movie Hirayama
Hei no naka no chûgakkô 2010 TV Movie
Inception 2010 Saito
Shanghai 2010 Tanaka
Tômawari no ame 2010 TV Movie Sohei Fukumoto
Saka no ue no kumo 2009 TV Series Narration
Shizumanu taiyô 2009 Hajime Onchi
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant 2009 Mr. Tall
Keiji ichidai: Hiratsuka Hachibei no Shôwa jiken shi 2009 TV Series Hachibei Hiratsuka
Hoshi hitotsu no yoru 2007 TV Movie
Letters from Iwo Jima 2006 General Kuribayashi
Memories of Tomorrow 2006 Masayuki Saeki
Memoirs of a Geisha 2005 Chairman
Batman Begins 2005 Video Game Ra's al Ghul (voice)
Batman Begins 2005 Ra's Al Ghul
Kita no zeronen 2005 Hideaki Komatsubara
Suna no utsuwa 2004 TV Series Syuichiro Imanishi
The Last Samurai 2003 Katsumoto
Joshi keimusho higashi 3 gô tô 4 2003 TV Movie
Itan no natsu 2003 TV Movie Tatsumi
T.R.Y. 2003 Masanobu Azuma
Tô-san no natsumatsuri 2002 TV Movie
Chinmoku no aribai 2002 TV Movie
Hi wa mata noboru 2002 Okubo
Shin jingi naki tatakai/Bousatsu 2002 Fujimaki Hiroaki
Chûshingura 1/47 2001 TV Movie
Sennen no koi - Hikaru Genji monogatari 2001 Fujiwara no Michinaga / Fujiwara no Nobutaka
Oboreru sakana 2001 Miyota
Hôjô Tokimune 2001 TV Series
Ningen no shômei 2001 2001 TV Movie
Kochira Daisanshiyakaibu 2001 TV Series Jiro Shimizu
Zawa-zawa Shimo-Kitazawa 2000 Ishida
Ikebukuro West Gate park 2000 TV Series Yokoyama
Supêsutoraberâzu 2000 Sakamaki ("Crusher")
Hatsuru sokonaki 2000 TV Movie
Kizuna 1998 Detective Sako Akio
Tenamonya Shôsha 1998
Rajio no jikan 1997 Raita Onuki, the truck driver
Gokenin Zankurô 1997 TV Series Zankurô Matsudaira
Sushi kuinê 3: Nigire!! Tôkyô natsu no aji 1996 TV Movie Shûzô
Tetsuko no heya 1996 TV Series Co-emcee
Kimitachi ga ite boku ga iru II 1992 TV Movie Senjûrô Fujiwara
Kimitachi ga ite boku ga iru 1992 TV Movie Senjûrô Fujiwara
Oda Nobunaga 1992 TV Movie
Bakumatsu jyunjyoden 1991 Ryouma Sakamoto
Takeda Shingen 1990 TV Mini-Series Narrator
Shikakenin Fujieda Baian 1990 TV Mini-Series Baian Fujieda
Baian the Assassin 1990 TV Mini-Series Fujieda Baian
Harenochi kaminari 1989 TV Series
Dokugan-ryu Masamune 1987 TV Series Date Masamune
Machibugyo Nikki 1987 Mochizuki Koheita
The Sea and Poison 1986 Toda
Tampopo 1985 Gun
Kekkon annai misuterî 1985 Funayama Tetsuya / Masakazu Sekine
Setouchi shonen yakyu dan 1984 Tetsuo
Sanga moyu 1984 TV Series
Mibu no koiuta 1983 TV Series

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hayabusa: Harukanaru kikan 2012 co-executive producer
Unite for Japan 2011 Short executive producer
Memories of Tomorrow 2006 executive producer

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Unite for Japan 2011 Short

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 69th Annual Tony Awards 2015 TV Movie performer: "Shall We Dance?"

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Half Kenneth 2009 Short benefactor

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sawako no asa 2013-2017 TV Series Himself
Oshare izumu 2016 TV Series Himself
Tetsuko no heya 2009-2016 TV Series Himself
The 69th Annual Tony Awards 2015 TV Movie Himself - Performer & Nominee: Best Leading Actor in a Musical
Godzilla: Force of Nature 2014 Video documentary short Himself
Made in Hollywood 2014 TV Series Himself
Waratte iitomo! 2009-2014 TV Series Himself
The 37th Annual Japan Academy Awards 2014 TV Special Himself
News Zero 2013 TV Series Himself
Mezamashi terebi 2013 TV Series Himself
Pon! 2013 TV Series Himself
Bokura no jidai 2013 TV Series Himself
Behind the Seams: The 14th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards Special 2012 TV Special Himself
Unite for Japan 2011 Short Himself
The 34th Annual Japan Academy Awards 2011 TV Special Himself / presenter
Janela Indiscreta 2010 TV Series Himself
HBO First Look 2005-2010 TV Series documentary Himself
The 33rd Annual Japan Academy Awards 2010 TV Special Himself
ETV tokushû 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Earth 2007 Documentary Narrator (Japanese version, voice)
Live Earth 2007 TV Special documentary Himself
Red Sun, Black Sand: The Making of 'Letters from Iwo Jima' 2007 Video documentary short Himself / General Kuribayashi
100 Nen Interview 2007 TV Series Himself
The 79th Annual Academy Awards 2007 TV Special Himself - Co-Presenter: Foreign-Language Films Montage
Sekai ga moshi hyaku nin no mura dattara 3 2005 TV Movie Himself - Narrator
Tetsuko no heya 30nen special 2005 TV Special Guest
Ashes and Snow 2005 Documentary Japanese Narrator (voice)
On the Set: Memoirs of a Geisha 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself / Chairman
10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2004 TV Special Himself
The 51st Annual NHK kôhaku uta gassen 2000 TV Special Himself
Making of 'Tampopo' 1986 Video documentary Himself
Michinaru hanran 1983 TV Movie documentary Takashi Takahata

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Alberto Iglesias, el músico fiel 2006 TV Movie documentary The Chairman (uncredited)
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