Andrew Hughes (actor)

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Andrew Hughes
Born (1908-01-01)January 1, 1908
Ottoman Empire
Died September 1, 1996(1996-09-01) (aged 88)
Occupation Business executive, actor
Years active 1959–84

Andrew Hughes (アンドリュー・ヒューズ, Andoryû Hyûzu, born January 1, 1908 - September 1, 1996) was a Turkish-born actor and business executive best known for acting in several Japanese films.[1] His most notable role was that of Adolf Hitler in the 1965 Japanese comedy Crazy Adventure.[2]

Hughes has also appeared in films such as King Kong Escapes (1967), Destroy All Monsters (1968), Tidal Wave (1973), ESPY (1974), and Sayonara Jupiter (1984). He also starred in the Hollywood films The Last Voyage (1960) and Flight from Ashiya (1964) (both partially filmed and set in Japan).[3]

Career[edit]

Being virtually exclusively active in the Japanese film industry, Hughes was often cast in the roles of various Westerners, often portraying an international reporter, politician or foreign military officer. Not much is known about Hughes's early, pre-acting years, but it is known that he was born in Ottoman Turkey where he originally worked as a career businessman with some small-time acting experience as an extra. Actor Robert Dunham asserted that most fellow Western actors in Japan were in fact of Turkish origin as many Turks had fled to Japan after the Turkish revolution by ways of China in order to avoid being drafted to the army. Hughes was ultimately based in Tokyo as an import-export businessman and eventually started making numerous appearances in Japanese films in a career that spanned from the late 1950s to the mid-1980s. As most Westerners appearing in Japanese films at the time spoke little or no Japanese, Hughes was dubbed by Japanese-speaking actors in most of his films.[4][5][6]

Filmography (Selection)[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Original Title Notes
1959 Daitoa senso to kokusai saiban General MacArthur Daitoa senso to kokusai saiban
Submarine I-57 Will Not Surrender Western Diplomat Sensuikan I-57 kofuku sezu
Battle in Outer Space Meeting attendees Uchū Daisensō Uncredited
1960 The Last Voyage Radio Operator Scenes filmed in Japan
1964 Flight from Ashiya Dr. Horton Scenes filmed in Japan
1965 Crazy Adventure Adolf Hitler Kureji no daiboken Reissued in the U.S. as: Don't Call Me a Crime Man
1966 Water Cyborg Professor Howard Kaitei daisensô U.S. Title: The Terror Beneath the Sea
Ôgon batto Dr. Pearl
1967 King Kong Escapes United Nations journalist Kingu Kongu no gyakushû Reissued in Japan as: King Kong's Counterattack
1968 Booted Babe, Busted Boss Stonefeller Hyappatsu hyakuchu: Ogon on me
Destroy All Monsters Dr. Stevenson Kaijû sôshingeki
1969 New Zealand no Wakadaishō John O'Hara New Zealand no Wakadaishō
Latitude Zero Sir Maurice Poeley Ido zero daisakusen Uncredited
The Battle of the Japan Sea Admiral Logestvinsky Nihonkai daikaisen
1973 Submersion of Japan Australian Prime Minister Nippon chinbotsu Based on the book Japan Sinks by Sakyo Komatsu
1970 Tora! Tora! Tora! Embassy Delegation Employee of Japan Uncredited
1974 ESPY P.B. Esupai
1976 Fumō Chitai President of Luckyed Fumō Chitai
1984 Sayonara Jupiter Senator Shadllic (Earth Federation Congress) Sayônara, Jûpetâ

References[edit]

  1. ^ de Gruyter, Walter (2004). Japanese Biographical Index. Germany: Die Deutsche Bibliothek. ISBN 3-598-34026-5. 
  2. ^ http://www.tohokingdom.com/movies/crazy_adventure.htm
  3. ^ Afi (1997). The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States: Feature Films, 1961-70: Feature Films, 1961-1970. California, USA: University of California Press. ISBN 978-0520209701. 
  4. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0400447/bio
  5. ^ http://exploderbutton.com/exploder/andrew-hughes-a-life-in-japanese-pictures/
  6. ^ Ryfle, Steve (1999). Japan's Favorite Mon-star: The Unauthorized Biography of "The Big G". Canada: ECW Press. ISBN 978-1550223484. 

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