Jeanne Sakata

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Jeanne Sakata
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Actress/playwright Jeanne Sakata in LA in 2013
Born (1954-04-08) April 8, 1954 (age 66)
Years active1985-present
Tim Patterson
(m. 1976)

Jeanne Sakata (born April 8, 1954) is an American film, television and stage actress and playwright.


Her appearances include supporting roles in episodes of Knots Landing, LA Law, Port Charles, Providence, Family Law, ER, Desperate Housewives and others. Her first appearance on the big screen was in 1992 in the erotic thriller Poison Ivy. In 2005, she appeared in a minor role as a field reporter in the action film XXX: State of the Union.

Sakata has performed in many stage productions, working often with East West Players (EWP) in Los Angeles. In 2002 she won the Ovation Award for Lead Actress in a Play, for her performance in Chay Yew's Red, at EWP.[1] In 2007, her first play, Dawn's Light: The Journey of Gordon Hirabayashi premiered at EWP.[2] The play was later retitled as Hold These Truths.[3] In 2019, she was an honoree at EWP's Night Market event in celebration of her work advancing "the visibility of Asian Americans nationally."[4]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
1985 Tales of Meeting and Parting Short film
1992 Poison Ivy Isabelle
2002 The Sweetest Thing Ming
2004 Hold the Rice Daisy Green Short film
2005 XXX: State of the Union Field Reporter
2005 American Fusion Amy
2006 Fast Money Jin's Mother Short film
2006 Guy Night Out Guy's Mom Short film
2006 Swimming in Air Short film
2009 Bottom Feeders Bea Short film
2009 Why Am I Doing This? Rita
2011 Adultolescence Mrs. May / Mom
2012 The Babymakers Wanda
2013 Sex & Marriage Sarah Direct-to-Video
2014 The Ballet Dancer Sara Short film
2015 Advantageous Soon Yang
2018 Find Me Joyce
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1990 Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes Burned woman Uncredited; TV Movie
1990 Fine Things Bernard's Secretary TV Movie
1990 Knots Landing Shopper #4 Episode: "Do Not Attempt to Remove"
1990 Adam-12 Store Owner Episode: "Blue Avengers"
1991 L.A. Law Foreperson #1 Episode: "Good to the Last Drop"
1996 Her Costly Affair Mrs. Beals TV Movie
1996 Alien Nation: The Enemy Within Coroner TV Movie
1997 Port Charles Committee Member 1 episode
1999 Providence Madam Kim Episode: "Guys and Dolls"
1999-2001 Family Law Judge Wilhelmina Chais 2 episode
2002 American Family Red Cross Official Episode: "The Forgotten War"
2002-2003 Presidio Med Nguyen 2 episodes
2004 Line of Fire Mai Lin Episode: "I'm Your Boogie Man"
2004 ER Lucia Rodriguez Episode: "The Student"
2004 Threat Matrix Dara Tep Episode: "Cambodia"
2005 The Reading Room Martha TV Movie
2006 Desperate Housewives Li Wang Episode: "Listen to the Rain on the Roof"
2007 Avatar: The Last Airbender Ms. Kwan (voice) Episode: "The Headband"
2010 Meet the Browns Nee Hi Episode: "Meet the Seoul Sister"
2015-2016 Dr. Ken Pam 2 episodes
2018-present Big Hero 6: The Series Lenore Shimamoto / Mayor Saito (voice) 3 episodes
2019 High School Musical: The Musical: The Series Malou Recurring


  1. ^ EWP awards history; EWP website
  2. ^ Dawn's Light on EWP website
  3. ^ Hold These Truths (formerly Dawn’s Light: The Journey of Gordon Hirabayashi) Archived 2014-01-16 at the Wayback Machine, A/P/A Institute at NYU, 2012. Accessed online 2014-02-25.
  4. ^ Desk, BWW News. "East West Players to Honor Jeanne Sakata and Aaron Takahashi at EWP NIGHT MARKET". Retrieved 2019-07-24.

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