Tagawa in 2011
September 27, 1950|
|Nationality||Japan, United States|
|Alma mater||University of Southern California|
|Occupation||Actor, producer, martial artist, sports physiologist, stuntman|
|Spouse(s)||Sally Phillips (m. 1984)|
Tagawa has appeared on television in Star Trek: The Next Generation ("Encounter at Farpoint"; 1987), Thunder in Paradise (1995), Nash Bridges (1996), Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding (2003), and Heroes (2007). His roles have also included the voice of Sin Tzu for the video game Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu, Earth Alliance security officer Morishi in Babylon 5 ("Convictions"), the evil soul-stealing sorcerer Shang Tsung in a film adaptation of the video game Mortal Kombat (a role he would reprise 18 years later for Mortal Kombat: Legacy), and the evil mastermind Heihachi Mishima in the film adaptation of Tekken. He portrays Nobusuke Tagomi in The Man in the High Castle, the Amazon original series adaptation of the novel by Philip K. Dick.
Tagawa was born in Tokyo, Japan, the son of a Japanese actress and a Japanese-American father who served in the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Fort Polk, Louisiana, and Fort Hood, Texas. His mother tongues are English and Japanese.
Tagawa was raised in various cities. He and his family finally settled in Southern California, where he began acting in high school while attending Duarte High School. He attended the University of Southern California, and was an exchange student in Japan.
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His breakthrough as an actor came when he was cast as the Eunuch Chang in The Last Emperor (1987). In 1989, he played an undercover agent of the Hong Kong Narcotics Board in the James Bond film Licence to Kill. In 1991, he starred alongside Dolph Lundgren and Brandon Lee in the action film Showdown in Little Tokyo, where he played the role of Yakuza boss Yoshida. He also starred alongside James Hong and Jeff Speakman in the same year in the film The Perfect Weapon, where he played Kai, an assistant to the Korean mafia families.
He appeared in the movie Mortal Kombat (1995) as the shapeshifting sorcerer Shang Tsung, and as the deadly pirate leader Kabai Sengh in The Phantom (1996). Tagawa is among the actors, producers and directors interviewed in the documentary The Slanted Screen (2006), directed by Jeff Adachi, about the representation of Asian and Asian-American men in Hollywood.
Tagawa played Heihachi Mishima in Tekken, the film adaptation of the video game franchise. In 2006, he provided the voice of Brushogun in Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo. He was in the film Johnny Tsunami (1999) and its sequel Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board (2007). In between those two films, Tagawa played Attar's mentor Krull in Tim Burton's version of Planet of the Apes (2001).
He played Satoshi Takeda in Revenge, a powerful CEO in Japan and Emily Thorne's former mentor in her quest for revenge. In season 2, Tagawa took over the role from Hiroyuki Sanada, who was unable to continue due to scheduling conflicts.
In 2015, Tagawa was cast as one of the lead characters, Nobusuke Tagomi, the Trade Minister of the Pacific States of America in Amazon's The Man in the High Castle based on Philip K. Dick's novel of the same name. Also in November 2015, both he and Taimak (The Last Dragon) were honorees for the Fists of Legends Legacy Award at the Urban Action Showcase & Expo.
In 2013, Tagawa started working with Orthodox Christian actors Pyotr Mamonov and Ivan Okhlobystin. On November 12, 2015, he was baptized as Panteleymon in the Russian Orthodox Joy of All Who Sorrow church in Moscow.
|1986||Big Trouble in Little China||Wing Kong Man||Uncredited|
|1987||The Last Emperor||Chang|
|1988||Bulletproof||Thug in Flashback||Uncredited|
|1989||Licence to Kill||Kwang|
|1989||L.A. Takedown||Hugh Denny||Television film|
|1989||The Last Warrior||Imperial Marine|
|1990||Murder in Paradise||Television film|
|1990||The Bakery||Kim Lee||Television film|
|1990||Vestige of Honor||Thai Major||Television film|
|1991||Kickboxer 2: The Road Back||Sanga|
|1991||Not of This World||Shikido||Television film|
|1991||The Perfect Weapon||Kai|
|1991||Showdown in Little Tokyo||Funekei Yoshida|
|1991||Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis||Hashimoto||Television film|
|1992||American Me||El Japo|
|1993||Rising Sun||Eddie Sakamura|
|1994||Natural Causes||Major Somchal|
|1994||Day of Reckoning||Prakit||Television film|
|1995||Thunder in Paradise 3||Mason Lee||Video|
|1995||Mortal Kombat||Shang Tsung|
|1995||Soldier Boyz||Vinh Moc|
|1996||White Tiger||Victor Chow|
|1996||The Phantom||The Great Kabai Sengh|
|1996||Danger Zone||Monsieur Chang|
|1997||Raven: Return of the Black Dragon||Osato||Television film|
|1997||Top of the World||Captain Hefter|
|1997||Mortal Kombat: Annihilation||Shang Tsung||Uncredited flashback cameo|
|1999||Bridge of Dragons||General Ruechang|
|1999||Johnny Tsunami||Johnny Tsunami||Television film|
|1999||Snow Falling on Cedars||Zenhichi Miyamoto|
|2000||The Art of War||David Chan|
|2001||Pearl Harbor||Cmdr. Minoru Genda|
|2001||Planet of the Apes||Krull|
|2003||Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding||Mason Sato||Television film|
|2005||Faith of My Fathers||Cat||Television film|
|2005||True Love & Mimosa Tea||Andreas Kanaka||Short|
|2005||The Sand Island Drive-In Anthem||Uncle C||Short|
|2005||Memoirs of a Geisha||The Baron|
|2006||The Slanted Screen||Himself||Documentary film|
|2006||Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo||Brushogan (voice)|
|2007||Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board||Johnny Tsunami||Television film|
|2007||Balls of Fury||Mysterious Asian Man|
|2007||Blizhniy Boy: The Ultimate Fighter||Alibek|
|2008||Lost Warrior: Left Behind||Detective Yoshide||Video|
|2008||Ghost Voyage||The Steward||Television film|
|2008||Bodyguard: A New Beginning||Kai|
|2009||By the Will of Chingis Khan||Bodyguard|
|2009||The Legend of Chang Apana||Chang Apana||Short|
|2009||Hachiko: A Dog's Story||Ken|
|2009||The Tomb||Len Burris|
|2010||Robin Hood of the Bayous||Narrator, Pirate 1||Documentary short|
|2012||Black Cobra||Goro Tanaka||Video|
|2013||47 Ronin||Shogun Tsunayoshi|
|2014||Hype Nation 3D||Sammy Kata|
|2014||Priest-San («Hiereus-San» or «Presbyter-San»)||Father Nikolai (Takuro) Nakamura||Russian film|
|2014||Tekken 2: Kazuya's Revenge||Heihachi Mishima|
|2014||Skin Trade||Senator Khat|
|2015||Genghis Khan Conquers the Moon||Genghis Khan||Short|
|2015||The Man with the Iron Fists 2||The Mayor|
|2016||Showdown in Manila||Aldric Cole|
|2016||Beyond the Game|
|2016||Kubo and the Two Strings||Hashi (voice)|
|2016||The Whole World at Our Feet||Khazar|
|2016||Duel of Legends||Shing||Completed|
|2017||Sky Sharks||Michael Morel||Pre-production|
|1987, 1989||Miami Vice||Kenji Fujitsu, Tegoro||Episode: "The Rising Sun of Death" and "Asian Cut"|
|1987||MacGyver||Asian Buyer||Episode: "Dalton, Jack of Spies"|
|1987||The Colbys||Mr. Sung||Episode: "Devil's Advocate"|
|1987||Star Trek: The Next Generation||Mandarin Bailiff||Episode: "Encounter at Farpoint"|
|1988||Hotel||Inspector Chin||Episode: "Double Take"|
|1989||Superboy||Detective Jed Slade||Episode: "Terror from the Blue"|
|1989||Knots Landing||Mr. Toyo||Episode: "Giganticus II: The Revenge"|
|1989||A Peaceable Kingdom||Coach||Episode: "Chimp"|
|1989||Alien Nation||Yamato||Episode: "The First Cigar"|
|1989||Mission: Impossible||Vang Kai||Episode: "Countdown"|
|1990||Jake and the Fatman||Raymond Char||Episode: "Chinatown, My Chinatown"|
|1990||Hardball||Episode: "Wedding Bell Blues"|
|1991||Baywatch||Mason Sato||Episode: "War of Nerves"|
|1992||Raven||Osato||Episodes: "Return of the Black Dragon" and "Reunion"|
|1993–1994||Space Rangers||Zylyn||6 episodes|
|1995||Babylon 5||Morishi||Episode: "Convictions"|
|1996||Cybill||Kenji||Episode: "Cybill and Maryann Go to Japan"|
|1996–1997||Nash Bridges||Lt. A.J. Shimamura||12 episodes|
|1996||Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Tai Wei Tse||Episode: "Sweet & Sour Victory"|
|1997||Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child||King Young-Jin||Episode: "The Little Mermaid"|
|1997||Stargate SG-1||Turghan||Episode: "Emancipation"|
|1998||Poltergeist: The Legacy||Sam Tanaka||Episode: "The Internment"|
|1998||Vengeance Unlimited||Aung Myint||Episode: "Ambition"|
|1999||Seven Days||Peter||Episode: "Walter"|
|2000||Walker, Texas Ranger||Master Ko||Episode: "Black Dragons"|
|2004||Hawaii||Captain Terry Harada|
|2007||Heroes||The Swordsmith||Episodes: "Chapter Six 'The Line'" and "Chapter Seven 'Out of Time'"|
|2009||Beyond the Break||Xander||Episodes: "One 'Elle' of a Party" and "Cast Away"|
|2010||Hawaii Five-0||Hiro Noshimori||Episodes: "Ke Kinohi" and "Pahele"|
|2012–2013||Revenge||Satoshi Takeda||6 episodes|
|2014||Teen Wolf||Katashi (Silverfinger)||Episode: "Silverfinger"|
|2014||The Librarians||Mr. Drake||Episode: "And the Apple of Discord"|
|2015–present||The Man in the High Castle||Nobusuke Tagomi||main cast|
|2016||Grimm||Takeshi Himura||Episode: "Inugami"|
|2016||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Sumo Kuma (voice)||Episodes: "Yojimbo" and "Kagayake! Kintaro"|
|2017||Star Wars Rebels||Alrich Wren (voice)||2 episodes|
|2018-present||Lost in Space||Hiroki Watanabe|
|2013||Mortal Kombat: Legacy||Shang Tsung||2 episodes|
|1997||Soldier Boyz||Vinh Moc|
|2003||Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu||Sin Tzu|
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