Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa stars in "The Man in the High Castle" on Amazon as Nobusuke Tagomi.

Born in Tokyo, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa's life reads like the basis for a novel. Raised on a series of Army posts in the southern United States (including Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the largest military base in the world), he felt like a stranger in a strange land. The cultural backdrop of the South can often be a difficult, alienating environment for any outsider. His Hawaiian-born, Japanese-American father served with a counter-intelligence unit as part of the U.S. military forces occupying post-World War II Japan. While there, he met Tagawa's mother, a rebellious young woman who became a stage actress.

Even so, Tagawa did not immediately take to acting. Although he says he understood what acting was about at an early age and was cast in high school plays, his mother dissuaded him from theatrical pursuits because she thought that roles offered to Asian actors in American films lacked depth. Instead, Tagawa, who says he always feels the warrior element of his being within his psyche, aimed for a West Point appointment. Yet when he broached the subject to his stern father for approval, the idea was vehemently opposed.

After becoming more socially conscious while attending USC, martial arts provided Tagawa with a way to channel his anger and calm the emotional element of his character. He began studying karate in his teens and later simultaneously incorporated the fighting techniques with an exploration of his Japanese cultural heritage. The intertwined studies led him to trail-blaze his own style of martial arts. Calling it Chuu-Shin, it defines a process of centering inside the heart and mind, and provides the seeker with the structure to unite the physical and spiritual aspects of being.

In many ways, Tagawa's acting career has brought him full circle and stands as a reflection of his life of exploration. After landing his first role as an extra in "Big Trouble in Little China" in 1986, he sought to avoid background roles and was cast in Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Last Emperor" the following year. Dozens of parts came his way in the following years highlighted by his roles in "Rising Sun," "Mortal Kombat," as the shape-shifting sorcerer Shang Tsung, "Vampires" and "Snow Falling on Cedars."

Other film credits include "License to Kill," "Showdown in Little Tokyo," alongside Dolph Lundgren and Brandon Lee, "The Perfect Weapon," opposite James Hong and Jeff Speakman, "The Phantom," as the deadly pirate leader Kabai Singh, Tim Burton's "Planet of the Apes," starring Mark Wahlberg and Helena Bonham Carter, "Elektra," starring Jennifer Garner, "Tekken," the film adaptation of the popular video game franchise, and its sequel "Tekken: Kazuya's Revenge," "47 Ronin," starring Keanu Reeves, "The Man with the Iron Fists 2," "Little Boy," starring Kevin James and Emily Watson. Tagawa was also featured as the voice of Brushogun in "Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo."

Tagawa is among the actors, producers and directors interviewed in the documentary "The Slanted Screen," directed by Jeff Adachi, about the representation of Asian and Asian-American men in Hollywood.

On television, Tagawa recently played the recurring role of Satoshi Takeda in ABC's "Revenge." He also recurred in "Nash Bridges" and has appeared in episodes of "The Librarians," "Teen Wolf," "Hawaii Five-0" and "Heroes."


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Age: 66 years old
Birthday: September 27, 1950
Height: 5' 11"
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

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