Japanese actor who became a major star in silent movies. His career eventually ran out of steam and he settled in France for a number of years. After World War II he made a comeback in a Humphrey Bogart picture entitled Tokyo Joe. A decade later he would play the role for which he is most remembered today--the Japanese prison commandant in 1957's Bridge on the River Kwai for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Hayakawa retired back to Japan in 1966 where he spent his final years as a Buddhist priest.
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