Gedde Watanabe

Biography

Date of Birth 26 June 1955, Ogden, Utah, USA Birth Name Gary Watanabe Height 5' 7" (1.70 m) Gedde Watanabe is an American theatre, film and television actor. Watanabe, a Japanese American, was born Gary Watanabe in Ogden, Utah. He was in many productions in high school, but his acting talent was overshadowed by his excellent singing voice. After graduation, he boldly left Ogden for San Francisco, California, where he hoped to make his living as a street musician while honing his acting skills. He appeared on Broadway in 1976 in Pacific Overtures and has appeared in many films. His acting parts have been mostly stereotypical Asian men with heavy accents (although he does not actually speak Japanese).[1] This stereotyping has led to criticism. However, Watanabe speaks perfect English. He appeared on Sesame Street for some years. He also played Ling in Disney's Mulan. Watanabe had a starring role in both the film and ABC-TV versions of Gung Ho. The television series was scheduled against the smash hit show Dallas, and was quickly cancelled. He has also provided the voice for various Japanese characters on TV's The Simpsons. From 1996 to 2003 he also made occasional appearances as a gay nurse, Yosh, on the popular television drama ER. Watanabe co-starred as Kuni in the 1989 movie UHF starring Weird Al Yankovic. Perhaps the character's most memorable moment in the film is when he and a group of his martial artist friends jump out of a supply closet to attack a group of thugs. The closet is labeled "Supplies," and as Kuni and his cohorts emerge from the closet they yell "Supplies!" in an Engrish mispronunciation of "Surprise!"

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Birth Name

Gary Watanabe

Birth Place

Ogden, Utah, USA

Birth Date

6/26/1955
Known For
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Gung Ho

Oishi Kazihiro

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Vamp

Duncan

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Volunteers

At Toon

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Sixteen Candles

Long Duk Dong

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The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: The Visitors from Outer Space

Karate Master (voice)

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The Weird Al Show - The Complete Series

Himself

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Guinevere

Ed

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The Last Word

Gardener

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In Search of Tomorrow

Self - Interviewee

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Wer ist mein Mann?

Mr. Fujimura

Starring In
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Kung Fu Panda 4

Badger Crime Boss (voice)

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In Search of Tomorrow

Self - Interviewee

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In Search of Darkness: Part II

Self - Interviewee

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The Last Word

Gardener

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47 Ronin

Troupe Leader (Kabuki Actor)

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Wer ist mein Mann?

Mr. Fujimura

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Parental Guidance

Mr. Cheng

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Not Forgotten

Agent Nakamura

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Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword

Kenji (voice)

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Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Hotel Manager

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Two for the Money

Milton

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Alfie

Wing

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Mulan 2

Ling (voice)

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Kim Possible: The Secret Files

Professor Bob Chen (voice) (archive footage)

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Slackers

Japanese Proctor

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EDtv

Greg

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Guinevere

Ed

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The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: The Visitors from Outer Space

Karate Master (voice)

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Mulan

Ling (voice)

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Armageddon

Asian Tourist - Male (uncredited)

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Booty Call

Chan (uncredited)

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The Weird Al Show - The Complete Series

Himself

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That Thing You Do!

Play-Tone Photographer

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Boys on the Side

Steve

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Gremlins 2: The New Batch

Mr. Katsuji

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UHF

Kuni

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Vamp

Duncan

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Gung Ho

Oishi Kazihiro

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Volunteers

At Toon

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Sixteen Candles

Long Duk Dong

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