Ken Watanabe
Biographical Information
Born October 21st, 1959
Koide, Japan
Productions The King and I as King Mongkut
Vocal Type Baritone

Ken Watanabe is a Japanese actor.


Born in Koide, Niigata, Watanabe worked with the Tokyo based theatre troupe En and later made his television debut in 1982. He also appeared in several acclaimed roles in Oda Nobunaga and Kizunga, which earned him a nomination for the Japanese Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

In 2003, Watanabe came to Western attention for his role as Katsumoto Moritsugu in The Last Samurai, for which he gained an Academy Award nomination. After this he began to make appearances in more Western films, including Letters From Iwo Jima, Memoirs of a Geisha and Inception, as well as a number of voice roles such as Transformers: Age of Extinction.


Watanabe appeared in his first singing role in 2015, playing the leading role of King Mongkut of Siam, for which he became the first Japanese actor to receive a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor.


The King and I (2015)Edit

  • A Puzzlement (solo)
  • Finale Act One (contains solo lines)
  • Song of the King (duet)
  • Shall We Dance? (duet)

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