Sessue Hayakawa (1918) - first Asian leading man in Hollywood

Sessue Hayakawa, Hollywood silent film star and the first movie hearthrob - sadly forgotten today. though I remember him as the pirate captain in Disney's "Swiss Family Robinson," when he was quite older.

Sessue Hayakawa (known as the Japanese Rudolph Valentino), Sessue Hayakawa (早川 雪洲 Hayakawa Sesshū, June 10, 1889 – November 23, 1973) was a Japanese actor who starred in Japanese, American, French, German, and British films.Hayakawa was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood during the silent era of the 1910s and 1920s

Sessue Hayakawa (known as the Japanese Rudolph Valentino), Sessue Hayakawa (早川 雪洲 Hayakawa Sesshū, June 10, 1889 – November 23, 1973) was a Japanese actor who starred in Japanese, American, French, German, and British films.Hayakawa was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood during the silent era of the 1910s and 1920s

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Sessue Hayakawa, silent and "talkie" actor in American, English, French, German, Japanese films (Bridge of the River Kwai) 1889-1973

Sessue Hayakawa, silent and "talkie" actor, was a sex symbol before Rudolph Valentino

I present to you good people, Sessue Hayakawa, silent film movie stud.  First off, just look at this guy. Yum.  He was a Japanese immigrant and one of the few Asian actors to reach fame in Hollywood. He is actually *the* original heartthrob of cinema, making all the ladies swoon (and it’s not hard to see why).  From wikipedia:    His popularity, sex appeal and extravagant lifestyle (such as hosting wild parties and driving a gold-plated Pierce-Arrow) caused tension within American society…

I present to you good people, Sessue Hayakawa, silent film movie stud. He was a Japanese immigrant and one of the few Asian actors to reach fame in Hollywood.

sessue hayakawa - Google Search

sessue hayakawa - Google Search

Hana's family, the Maruyamas: Great Grandfather Daisuke, Great Grandmother Yoshiko, Grandparents Akira (Aki) and Suzuko (Sue) Maruyama, Grandparents Tadao (Ted) and Hanami (Nami) Nakamura, Parents James Yasuhiro Maruyama and Mariko (Mari) Maruyama (Sessue Hayakawa, Miyoshi Umeki, Toshiro Mifune, Shima Iwashita, James Shigeta, Keike Takahashi)

Hana's family, the Maruyamas: Great Grandfather Daisuke, Great Grandmother Yoshiko, Grandparents Akira (Aki) and Suzuko (Sue) Maruyama, Grandparents Tadao (Ted) and Hanami (Nami) Nakamura, Parents James Yasuhiro Maruyama and Mariko (Mari) Maruyama (Sessue Hayakawa, Miyoshi Umeki, Toshiro Mifune, Shima Iwashita, James Shigeta, Keike Takahashi)

Sessue Hayakawa

Sessue Hayakawa (left) with actress (& wife) Tsuru Aoki in a screen shot of the 1919 film The Dragon Painter.

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Sessue Hayakawa the first Asian-American man to be a Hollywood superstar in 1918

fuckyeahsessuehayakawa: “ Sessue Hayakawa in The Dragon Painter (1919) ” He was the first Asian actor to become a star in American films.

fuckyeahsessuehayakawa: “ Sessue Hayakawa in The Dragon Painter ” He was the first Asian actor to become a star in American films.

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