James Shigeta, a star Asian-American actor of the early 1960s and ‘Die Hard’ Co-Star, died in Los Angeles, California at the age of 85. He starred “In Flower Drum Song” (1961). Born in Honolulu of Japanese ancestry on June 17, 1929, Shigeta moved to New York and studied at New York University, then joined the U.S. Marine Corps and fought during the Korean War. He starred in “Flower Drum Song” (1961) with Nancy Kwan. He played Joseph Yoshinobu Takagi in 1988’s “Die Hard” with Bruce Willis. Shigeta co-starred with Thomas Hunter and Nadir Moretti in his only Euro-western: “Death Walks in Laredo” (1966).
RIP to a significant asian american actor.