Ken Watanabe

Other names of Ken Watanabe: Kevin Watanabe
Birthday: 21-10-1959
Age: 59
Star sign: Scorpio

Ken Watanabe was born on 21st October 1959 in Niigata, Japan. He is a Japanese actor by profession and is well known for his tragic hero character in “The Last Samurai”. His mother is a house maker, and a school teacher, and his father is a calligraphy artist. His parents had numerous transfers, so Ken travelled to different places during his childhood. He received his primary education from Niigata Prefectural Koide High School and played for the local band there. Ken wanted to learn music and aimed at attending a conservatory in Japan, but his father passed away while he was in his high school so he was unable to pay for the tuition and could not concentrate on work.

In 1978, Ken left Niigata and moved to Tokyo to pursue his career in acting and soon achieved his big break and was included in a theatre group in Tokyo where he played the lead role which brought him critical appreciation and made him popular among the audience. In 1982, Ken made his debut on Television with Michinaru Hanran, and he received immense fan following and became a well known Television Actor. After two years from his debut on TV, he was offered a lead role in MacArthur’s Children. He is famous in Japan for his samurai role in many movies, television series and for many theatre roles. In 1989, Ken suffered from leukemia and was diagnosed while he was filming for “Heaven and Earth”. Ken was a part of ' Christopher Nolan' directed movie "Batman Begins" where he played as one of the decoys of Ra’s Al Ghul troop and in “ Inception” which is the story about dream stealers who tries to steal and change of a reputed entrepreneur for their benefit. The film grossed $825 million worldwide and was acclaimed for its concept and idea of direction. In accordance to his career, Ken also lends his voice for "Transformers: Age of Extinction" and the upcoming "Transformers: The Last Knight" where he is vocalizing for Drift, the Autobot, who was once a Decepticon.

Ken married Yumiko in 1983 and had two children with her, but their marriage could not last long, and they soon got divorced in 2005. The actor later got involved with ‘Kaho Minami’ and married her and adopted her son. Ken became a grandfather when his son Dai had his son. He is presently suffering from stomach cancer and put his projects on hold until the treatment goes well. His upcoming project includes "Anger" and Transformers: The Last Knight.

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Born in Koide, Niigata, Ken Watanabe is a Japanese actor, who graduated from high school and soon enough shifted to the city of Tokyo to initiate his career in acting. He bagged the opportunity with a theatre cluster residing in Tokyo called, “En”, and while he was with this theater group, he also snagged a role in one of the plays named, “Shimodani Mannencho Monogatari”. He got the kind of role that was an audience-magnet. Further, in the year 1982, he starred in the television show, “Michinaru Hanran” and then marked another attendance in “Mibu no koiuta” as a samurai.

He also starred in the feature film, “MacAurther’s Children”. Ken Watanabe is popularly identified in Japan for mastering the character of a samurai, given that he’s played one in numerous projects namely, “DokuganryuMasamune” (One eyed dragon), “Jidaigeki GokeninZankuro”, “Oda Nobunaga”, “Chushingura” etc. In the year 1989, he was unfortunately diagnosed with “acute myelogenous leukaemia” by one of the doctors; this was during the time he was filming for the movie, “Heaven and Earth”. He made a comeback to his profession, proving to be resilient by simultaneously taking chemo therapy sessions.

With the recovery of his health, in came another one of his movies called, “Kizuna”, for which he earned the nomination of Japanese Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Another movie called, “SennenKoNoi” made him acquire another nomination at the Japanese Academy Award. In the year 2006, he finally bagged a Japanese Academy Award for the movie, “Memories of Tomorrow”, in which he had to depict a patient suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The international audience started to recognise his acting abilities with the movie, “The Last Samurai”.

People loved him so much that he bagged an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Then in the year 2005, he was featured in “Memories of a Geisha”. He has been a part of many movies directed by some of the world’s greatest directors namely, Christopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins”, Clint Eastwood’s “Letters from Iwo Jima”, Christopher Nolan’s “Inception”, “ Godzilla” etc. He has been in numerous advertising campaigns such as, “Yakult”, “Cannon”, “ American Express”, “NTT DoCoMo” etc. In the year 2006, Ken exposed in his autobiography, “Who Am I?” that he is suffering from Hepatitis C, even though it was also mentioned that his condition wasn’t that bad. Also, in the year 2016, it was enunciated that Ken had stomach cancer and would have to delay all the arranged performances to get the essential treatments.

Keith David English Actor

Keith David

Keith Williams was born on 4th June 1956 in New York City’s Harlem, USA. His full name is Keith David Williams. Keith is an actor in films and television, singer and voice artist. David was brought up in Corona, Queens borough in New York City. His parents were Lester Williams, a payroll operations director, and Dolores, a New York Telephone manager. David took up theater in school. He decided to pursue acting after he did a play in his school titled The Wizards of Oz, in which he played the Cowardly Lion. After schooling, he attended the School of Performing Arts in Manhattan. He then joined the Drama Division at the Julliard School. It was in 1979 that he completed his graduation in Fine Arts from there. The actor was married twice. He is currently married to singer-actress Dionne Lea Williams. After graduation, the actor travelled extensively across the nation in 1980-81 as part of the ‘The Acting Company’ of John Houseman. He was part of the company’s productions like Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. After bettering his acting skills, he starred in the movie The Thing. It was a direction by John Carpenter. David played the role of Childs in the film and the film went on to be a success. In 1986, Keith did a war-based movie called Platoon, in which he starred as King. The movie was praised by the audiences and was honored at many award functions. He was seen as Andre the Giant in the movie Clockers and as Kirby in Dead Presidents in 1995. Most recently, Keith appeared in a sci-fi drama called Person of Interest from 2011 to 2016. He appears as Lieutenant Williams in the drama series The Job. Keith has remained active as a voice actor for quite some time and has worked in various documentaries, commercials, video games and animated movies. He has given his voice to many memorable characters. He has done narration in documentaries like The War, Jackie Robinson, Jazz, Mark Twain and The Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson. This documentary won him an Emmy Award in the Outstanding Voice- Over category. The commercial Adult Swim for Inuyasha has David’s voice. In the video game Saints Row, David plays the role of Julius, the gang leader. In the animated series Fantastic Four, he was a guest star and gave his voice to Black Panther’s character. In the animated American TV series Gargoyles, Keith gave his voice to the protagonist Goliath’s character, the Manhattan Clan’s leader. In 2013, he was the narrator in the TV miniseries named The Bible. The show received mixed reviews. He has won a Tony nomination for his performance as supporting actor in the musical Jelly’s Last Jam.

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Kelly Donovan

Kelly Donovan Schultz, aka Kelly Donovan, is an American actor. Born on 12th April 1971 in Los Angeles, California, Kelly Donovan is a common name in the household of America. He is 5 feet 11 inches tall. His father Robert Schultz and mother Kathleen Schultz parted their ways when he was young. His mother, Kathleen Schultz, then began her career as a talent agent. Her mother’s job was advantageous for him as he got to know the whereabouts of the Hollywood cinema. Kelly Donovan has a twin brother, Nicholas Brendon, who is also a writer and actor and is popular for portraying the role of Xander Harris on the show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Kelly and Nicholas are identical twins and Kelly is three-minute older than Nicholas. They have two more siblings- Christian Schultz and Kyle Schultz. Kelly comes across as a very loving and caring person as he put his career on stake for his brother, Nicholas. Since childhood, Nicholas had a desire to become an actor and Kelly without thinking for a minute gave up his goals and aspirations to pursue a career in acting. He did this because he didn’t want to compete with his twin brother. Kelly decided to take up the back stage jobs in the acting world. In the year 1994, he worked as a personal assistant in the crime flick, The Hard Truth. Kelly was also a set designer of the TV series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He made his debut in the acting industry with the TV series, City Guys (1999). Kelly played a side role in this series and appeared in only one episode. He always had a passion for making a career in acting and did so when his brother Nicholas finally ended up with a role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Kelly also made a brief appearance on the TV series, Undressed, in the year 2000. He then portrayed the character of Alexander Harris, the twin of Xander Harris on Buffy the Vampire slayer in the year 2000. There are a lot of benefits about having twins. When Nicholas was suffering from Pneumonia, Kelly played the fighting scenes of Alexander Harris in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He then continued to work as a stuntman for his brother after his appearance on the show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He also performed stunts for the TV series, Alias- The Agent (2001). Kelly was also the part of the Art Department team. Kelly currently resides in LA and is dating a famous actress, Stacey Scowley.

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