Ken Watanabe Net Worth
Ken Watanabe net worth: Ken Watanabe is a Japanese film, television, and stage actor who has a net worth of $20 million. Ken Watanabe was born on October 21, 1959 in Koide, Niigata, Japan to a mother who was a teacher and a father who taught calligraphy. As a child his family relocated frequently due to his parents' jobs. He was a member of the concert band at Niigata Prefectural Koide High School, where he played the trumpet, which he had played since he was a child. After graduation from high school he considered a career in music but due to his father's ailing health, he gave up on that dream. When Watanabe graduated from high school in 1978 he moved to Tokyo to begin his acting career. He got his big break with the Tokyo based theater troupe En. Watanabe made his television debut in 1982 and is mostly known in Japan for playing samurai. He was introduced to Western audiences in 2003 when Japanese producer Yoko Narahasi cast him as Lord Katsumoto Moritsugu in "The Last Samurai", a role that earned him an Academy Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He has also appeared in "Memoirs of a Geisha", "Letters from Iwo Jima", "Batman Begins", "Inception", 2014's "Godzilla", and "Transofmers: Age of Extinction". Watanabe has won the Japan Academy Prize for Best Actor twice.