Jimmy Taenaka

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Jimmy T
Taenaka at the Asian Television Awards in Singapore 2017
James Katsuyuki Taenaka

(1964-11-27) November 27, 1964 (age 59)
Years active1987–Present
SpouseLim Li Li (2005–Present)
AwardsAsian Television Awards Nominated Best Actor in a Drama Performance 2002.

James Katsuyuki Taenaka (妙中克之 Taenaka Katsuyuki; born November 27, 1964), better known as Jimmy T, is an American film and television actor. He starred opposite the late Brandon Lee in Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991) as well as David Carradine and Daryl Hannah in Kung Fu Killer (2008).

Early life[edit]

Taenaka was born in Fort Ord, California and raised in Monterey, California. His parents had immigrated from Osaka, Japan.[1] He attended Monterey High School in Monterey, California. Taenaka was a USA Junior National Judo Champion,[1] and represented California at USA Junior National Wrestling Championships.[1]


Taenaka appears on television and film both in Asia and the United States. In Singapore, he starred in the epic World War II television drama, A War Diary[1] about the Japanese occupation of Singapore, where he also received a nomination at the Asian Television Awards in 2002 for Best Drama Performance by an Actor.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Taenaka is married to Lim Li Li.[3]






  1. ^ a b c d "MH Interview: Jimmy Taenaka". MensHealth. 11 December 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  2. ^ Ito, Robert (February 8, 2007). "The Maggie Q story: Gone to Asia with an eye toward Hollywood". New York Times. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
  3. ^ "Real Love Lasts: Jimmy Taenaka & Lim Li Li". www.blissfulbrides.sg. Retrieved 16 January 2017.

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