Scott Takeda

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Scott Takeda
Scott Takeda 2014.jpg
Scott Takeda in 2014
Born (1967-03-21) March 21, 1967 (age 52)
ResidenceDenver, Colorado, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Colorado Boulder
OccupationActor, filmmaker, photographer
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Lori Allred

Scott Takeda (born March 21, 1967) is an American actor, filmmaker and photographer. His film roles include parts in Everything Must Go, Dallas Buyers Club and Gone Girl.

Early life and education[edit]

Takeda was born and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado. He is of Japanese descent.[1] He earned a bachelor of science in journalism at the University of Colorado in Boulder.[2][3]


Broadcast journalism[edit]

Takeda began his career on-camera as a television news reporter in Pocatello, Idaho in 1990, before transitioning to producing for stations in Toledo, Ohio; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Denver, Colorado.[4][5] He worked as a photojournalist/producer for the CBS-owned television station KCNC in Denver, from 1992 until 1994.[6] From 1995 to 1997, he was a producer and director for the syndicated children's show News-for-Kids.[7]


Takeda's television acting debut came with a guest star role on Easy Money on The CW in 2009.[8] He later played the character of Stella's father, Mr. Yamada, in the 2011 Disney Channel TV movie Lemonade Mouth.[3] In 2015, he guest starred on the television series American Crime (ABC), The Messengers (The CW) and Grimm (NBC),[9] as well as Halt and Catch Fire on AMC, Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime) and Star-Crossed (The CW) in 2014.[4][6]

Takeda portrayed a bank manager in the film Everything Must Go (2010), starring Will Ferrell;[10] Mr. Yamata in Dallas Buyers Club (2013), directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and starring Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto;[9] and a television producer in Gone Girl (2014), directed by David Fincher and starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.[11] He appeared in the 2016 film Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, produced by Lorne Michaels, and starring Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton and Alfred Molina.[9][12] He filmed two supporting roles where his scenes were ultimately cut: in Fair Game (2010), starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn,[13] and Little Fockers (2010), starring Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson.[6] Takeda appears in the film The Tale, directed by Jennifer Fox and starring Laura Dern, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.[14][15]

Takeda is a SAG-AFTRA actor.[16] He studied improvisational comedy with the Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles.[8] He performs regularly with an improv troupe in Denver.[1] In 2014, he starred in Working Together, an improv show stylized like a 1990s sitcom that premiered at the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse in Denver, and had a 2015 run at The Box Performance Space in Albuquerque, New Mexico.[8][16][17] He was the keynote speaker at the University of Colorado's CU Boulder Asian Graduation Celebration on May 6, 2017.[18]

Filmmaking and photography[edit]

Takeda runs Takeda Entertainment, a production company that produces corporate films and documentaries,[3][4] including the Emmy-nominated 1996 documentary The Holocaust: Colorado Remembers, which he wrote, directed and produced.[19] In 2016, Takeda and his filmmaking partners at BS Filmworks signed an agreement with ShortsTV for US television distribution of their short film If Not Now. ShortsTV also purchased US and international distribution rights for the BS Filmworks short The Decision. Both films were directed by Lori Allred and produced by Takeda and Brock Sherman.[20][21] Takeda's 2017 short film The Outsider, which he wrote, directed and starred in, and produced with Allred and Sherman, premiered at the Denver Film Festival in November 2017, and was named runner-up for the True Grit Award for Colorado Filmmakers.[22]

As a still photographer, he has exhibited his work at galleries around Colorado,[6] and had a show at the Split Gallery in Croatia in 2015.[23] He did a segment on KUSA-TV's 9News in 2016, showing photos from his Scene Street Story collection and offering photography tips to viewers.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Takeda lives in Denver, Colorado, with his producer wife, Lori Allred.[4][5]


  • Idaho State Broadcasters Association Photographer of the Year, 1990[2]
  • Ohio News Photographer of the Year, 1992[25]
  • Winner, Heartland Regional Emmy, Target Audience Program, News for Kids – Kids Make a Difference, KCNC Denver, 1996[26]
  • Winner, Heartland Regional Emmy, Youth/Children's Program, News for Kids – Halloween, KCNC Denver, 1997[27]
  • Nominee, Heartland Regional Emmy, Best Informational/Instructional Program, The Holocaust: Colorado Remembers, KCNC, Denver, producer, 1998[28]
  • Nominee, Heartland Regional Emmy, Commercial – Single Spot, "ABC Custom Framing - Image", Short Sirkit Creative, producer/director, 2005[29]
  • Winner, Heartland Regional Emmy, Musical Composition/Arrangement, "U-Hills Plaza - 2005 Image", Short Sirkit Creative, writer, 2006[30]
  • Nominee, Heartland Regional Emmy, Community/Public Service (PSA) – Campaign, "Optimum Wellness 2007 – Healthy Eating Campaign", creative director / director, 2008[31]
  • Winner, Heartland Regional Emmy, Advanced Media – Commercial, "Western Dairy Association Image 2008", producer/writer, 2009[32]
  • Winner, Heartland Regional Emmy, Informational/Instructional Feature/Segment, "Pizza Day – A Win-Win For Everybody", director/writer, 2010[33]
  • Nominee, Heartland Chapter Emmy, Public/Current/Community Affairs Feature/Segment, "Have You Been Tested?", director, 2011[34]
  • Winner, Suncoast Emmy, Human Interest – News, "Melissa's Story", director, 2015[35]
  • Runner-Up, True Grit Award for Colorado Filmmakers, Denver Film Festival, 2017[22]



Year Title Role Notes
2010 Everything Must Go Bank Manager
2011 Last Call Don (lead) Short film
2013 The Dysfunctional Dynamics The Violet Avenger Short film
Dallas Buyers Club Mr. Yamata
Dark Around the Stars Natto
2014 Gone Girl TV Producer
2015 Code of Honor Johnny Ito
2016 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Ed Faber
2017 The Space Between Us Dr. Gary Loh
The Outsider Brett Short film; also writer and director
2018 The Tale Mr. Watada

Television / Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Easy Money Dr. Shan Jing Season 1, episode 6
2011 Lemonade Mouth Mr. Yamada Disney Channel TV movie
2011 The Secret Lives of Wives Dr. Fung Lifetime TV movie
2013 Overlook, NM Chief of Police Bob Tanaka Web series, season 1, episodes 1-4
2014 Star-Crossed Dr. Lerner Season 1, episode 7
Nashville Dr. Lau Season 2, episode 20
Drop Dead Diva Captain Nasami Season 6, episode 13
Halt and Catch Fire Hirohiko Taketa Season 1, episode 5
Paranormal Pizza Roger Web series
2015 The Messengers Han Lin Season 1, episode 6
American Crime Mike Narasaki Season 1, episode 8
Grimm Mr. Adams Season 4, episode 22
2016 Devious Maids Dr. Brooks Season 4, episode 5
The Night Shift Tom Jeng Season 3, episode 4
2017 Days of Our Lives Dr. Lee Season 52, recurring
Grey's Anatomy ND Attending Season 13, episode 12
Stalked By My Ex Rich Lifetime TV movie
2018 Drunk History Japanese Man Season 5, episode 1
The Man in the High Castle Mr. Kobayashi Season 3, episode 9
The Americans David Sato Season 6, episode 3
Preacher Hiroki Matsukata Season 3, episode 8
The First Todd Hikari Season 1, recurring
Mr. Mercedes Dr. Marley Season 2, episode 10


  1. ^ a b “Local ‘Gone Girl’ actor discusses commuting for films,” NBC Channel 9 News Denver, October 4, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Natasha Lewin, “Chatting With Scott Takeda of Gone Girl,” The Tolucan Times, October 16, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c “In Their Own Words… Scott Takeda of ‘Gone Girl’,” One Film Fan, October 3, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d Jamie Swinnerton, “Colorado’s Scott Takeda Catching Fire as an Actor on the Small and Big Screens,” Westword, June 3, 2014.
  5. ^ a b Stephanie Richards, “Scott Takeda: Denver’s Funny Storyteller,” 303 Magazine, November 27, 2012.
  6. ^ a b c d Joanne Ostrow, “Denver’s Scott Takeda takes on ‘Star-Crossed’,” Denver Post, February 6, 2014.
  7. ^ Joshua Hubbard, “Former Denver journalist turns into Hollywood actor,”, May 14, 2014.
  8. ^ a b c Sebastian Holguin, “Scott Takeda Takes ABQ Film Industry by Storm,” ABQ Live, March 27, 2015.
  9. ^ a b c Linda Ge, “Scott Takeda Joins Tina Fey and Margot Robbie in Paramount’s Middle East Comedy,” TheWrap, February 13, 2015.
  10. ^ Lesley McClurg, “Denver journalist-turned-actors rising in Hollywood,” Colorado Public Radio, June 4, 2014.
  11. ^ Hilary Lewis, “How the ‘Gone Girl’ Cast Avoids Spoilers,” The Hollywood Reporter, September 27, 2014.
  12. ^ Alexa Harrison, "‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’ Star Margot Robbie Recalls the Advice She Gave Leonardo DiCaprio on Oscar Night," Variety, March 2, 2016.
  13. ^ Edward Douglas, “Fair Game,”, October 31, 2010.
  14. ^ "Scott Takeda – The Outsider," Starry Mag, October 12, 2017.
  15. ^ "2018 Sundance Film Festival: Feature Films Announced," Sundance Institute, November 29, 2017.
  16. ^ a b “Actor Scott Takeda’s Working Together Improv Show in Albuquerque,”, March 26, 2015.
  17. ^ Alex Brown, “10 Things to Do for $10 in Denver This Weekend,” Westword, September 4, 2014.
  18. ^ "CUE hosting graduation celebration for Asian students May 6,", April 20, 2017.
  19. ^ Maria Rochelle, “Interview with Scott Takeda,”, April 2015.
  20. ^ Ryan Warner, "In Alzheimer's Film, Daughter Explores Pain Of The Day Mother Forgot Her," Colorado Public Radio, July 28, 2016.
  21. ^ "Colorado Filmmakers Get Distribution Through Shorts.TV,", July 11, 2016.
  22. ^ a b Cori Anderson, "Here are the Films That Won Awards at the 40th Denver Film Festival," 303 Magazine, November 13, 2017.
  23. ^ Ivana Zupan, "Scott Takeda - Scene. Street. Story. Exhibition in Marmontova,", August 24, 2015.
  24. ^ "Tips to take better smartphone photos," KUSA-TV, May 13, 2016.
  25. ^ “ONPA Photographers of the Year,” Accessed May 20, 2015.
  26. ^ "1996 Winners," Accessed May 20, 2015.
  27. ^ "1997 Winners," Accessed May 20, 2015.
  28. ^ "1998 Nominees," Accessed May 20, 2015.
  29. ^ "2005 Nominees," Accessed May 20, 2015.
  30. ^ "2006 Winners," Accessed May 20, 2015.
  31. ^ "2008 Nominees," Accessed May 20, 2015.
  32. ^ "2009 Winners," Accessed May 20, 2015.
  33. ^ "2010 Winners," Accessed May 20, 2015.
  34. ^ "2011 Nominees," Accessed May 20, 2015.
  35. ^ "The 39th Annual Suncoast Emmy Awards," Archived 2016-02-16 at the Wayback Machine, 2015.

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