Family & Companions
Established himself as a villainous mainstay of the silent era with his appearances in "The Typhoon" (1914) and C.B. DeMille's "The Cheat" (1915). After his appearance in the latter, Hayakawa became the first person of Asian descent to reach star status in Hollywood film (his wife, Tsuri Aoki, also acted in silent films). After a lengthy stay in Europe, Hayakawa made a US comeback as a character player, earning acclaim and a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his performance as a steely-eyed Japanese officer in "The Bridge on the River Kwai" (1957).
Cast (Feature Film)
Writer (Feature Film)
Began stage career in Japan
Toured American West with his Japanese Imperial Company
Made first film for Thomas Ince, "The Typhoon"
Put under contract by Paramount Pictures
Starred in "The Cheat", directed by Cecil B DeMille
Formed production company Haworth Film Corporation
Formed Hayakawa Feature Play Company; produced four films
Screenwriter "The Swamp"
Made one-shot return to American films in "Daughter of the Dragon"
Won Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for role as POW camp comandant in "The Bridge on the River Kwai"
Final feature, "The Day Dreamer"