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Sessue Hayakawa (早川 雪洲, Hayakawa Sesshū?, June 10, 1889 – November 23, 1973) was a Japanese Issei actor who starred in American, Japanese, French, German, and British films. Hayakawa was active at the outset of the American film industry. He was the first Asian actor to find stardom in the United States and Europe. He is the first Asian American as well as the first Japanese American movie star and the first Asian American leading man. His "broodingly handsome" good looks and typecasting as a sinister villain with sexual dominance made him a heartthrob among American women, and the first male sex symbol of Hollywood, several years in advance of Rudolph Valentino.

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  • Born: Kintarō Hayakawa 早川金太郎 June 10, 1889 Minamibōsō, Chiba, Japan
  • Died: November 23, 1973 (aged 84) Tokyo, Japan
  • Occupation: Actor
  • Years active: 1914–1966
  • Spouse(s): Tsuru Aoki (m.1914–1961; her death)

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