[7], Shigeta first came on screen in the U.S., in 1959 as Detective Joe Kojaku in The Crimson Kimono, a detective story that featured an interracial romantic triangle between Kojaku, his partner Sgt. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images Actor James Shigeta had … Actor Born in Hawaii #27. As young adults during the McCarthy Era, many members of this generation felt it was dangerous to speak out. Chinese Zodiac: James Shigeta was born in the Year of the Rat. [14], Shigeta did not speak the Japanese language until Toho Studios in Tokyo invited him to be a musical star under his real name in Japan. Davis. If you see something that doesn’t look right, contact us. guest appearances with the same cool and classy style. Survivors include brothers, Clarence, Howard, and Wilfred and a sister, Barbara Sato. All Rights Reserved. Movie Actor. James Shigeta was born on the 17th of June, 1933. Movie Actor. Before his Hollywood career he found success as a pop singer and performer abroad, especially in Japan and Australia. Born in the Territory of Hawaii in 1929 as a Sansei, a third-generation Japanese-American,[5] Shigeta was a 1947 graduate of President Theodore Roosevelt High School, and studied drama at New York University. The Monday, September 1, 2014, issue of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported by Rob Shikina that services were held on Sunday, August 31, 2014, at Hosoi Garden Mortuary in Nuuanu and also reported that "Shigeta, a Marine during the Korean War, will be inurned in a private ceremony Tuesday at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl". David Durrett, Other Works He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to a family of Japanese descent. [38] He was interred in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. James Shigeta, who has died aged 85, was one of the very few Asian-American actors to have played big parts in Hollywood films. It was the worst economic downturn in the history of the industrialized world. 1–19 "The Gifted Child" February 8, 1965: James Sheldon: Russell Beggs: Janice is sent by her school to a psychiatrist to determine the extent of her precocity. I think the term 'star' is a vastly overused expression. Biography Hawaiian-born James Shigeta was, for a time, the biggest East Asian U.S. star the country had known for decades. James Shigeta coming out of the closet in 2020 would be a surprise because no one expects it. And that's what I would like to get away from. The strengths of this sign are being gentle, affectionate, curious, adaptable, able to learn quickly, while weaknesses can be nervous, inconsistent and indecisive. Hawaiian-born James Shigeta was, for a time, the biggest East Asian U.S. star the country had known for decades. Chosen by Goldsea Asian American Daily as one of the "100 Most Inspiring Asian Americans of All Time". [34][35], In 2005, Shigeta received a "Visionary Award" from the Asian-American theatre organization, East West Players, at their annual anniversary gala in Los Angeles. Born in Hawaii of Japanese ancestry, Shigeta …