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Ken Watanabe in 2007
|Born||October 21, 1959
Koide, Niigata, Japan
|Spouse||Yumiko Watanabe (div. 2005)
Kaho Minami (2005–present)
Ken Watanabe (渡辺 謙 Watanabe Ken , born October 21, 1959) is a Japanese stage, movie, and television actor. To English-speaking audiences, he is known for playing characters such as General Tadamichi Kuribayashi in Letters from Iwo Jima. He first became internationally famous for playing Lord Katsumoto Moritsu in the 2003 movie The Last Samurai, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for this role. Among other awards, he has won the Japan Academy Prize for Best Actor twice, in 2007 for Memories of Tomorrow and in 2010 for Shizumanu Taiyō. He is also known for his acting in Christopher Nolan's movies Batman Begins and Inception.