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The Dapper Hollywood Film Star Sessue Hayakawa in the 19-teens, who in a time more enlightened than our own rivaled Douglas Fairbanks at the box office. He went on to form his own production company, becoming one of the highest paid figures during its silent era.

The Dapper Hollywood Film Star Sessue Hayakawa in the 19-teens, who in a time more enlightened than our own rivaled Douglas Fairbanks at the box office. He went on to form his own production company, becoming one of the highest paid figures during its silent era.

sessue hayakawa, japanese-born pioneering east asian actor in old hollywood in the early 1900s

sessue hayakawa, japanese-born pioneering east asian actor in old hollywood in the early 1900s

The Cheat (1915) - sessue hayakawa, fanny ward

The Cheat (1915) - sessue hayakawa, fanny ward

Sessue Hayakawa, silent and "talkie" actor in American, English, French, German, Japanese films (Bridge of the River Kwai) 1889-1973

Sessue Hayakawa, silent and "talkie" actor in American, English, French, German, Japanese films (Bridge of the River Kwai) 1889-1973

Sessue Hayakawa 1918.jpg. Sessue Hayakawa (早川 雪洲 Hayakawa Sesshū?, June 10, 1889 – November 23, 1973)was a Japanese actor who starred in Japanese, American, French, German, and British films.

Sessue Hayakawa 1918.jpg. Sessue Hayakawa (早川 雪洲 Hayakawa Sesshū?, June 10, 1889 – November 23, 1973)was a Japanese actor who starred in Japanese, American, French, German, and British films.

Alec Guinness, Sessue Hayakawa and Director David Lean on the set of "The Bridge on the River Kwai" (1957). Director: David Lean.

Macao, l'enfer du jeu (Gambling Hell)

Alec Guinness, Sessue Hayakawa and Director David Lean on the set of "The Bridge on the River Kwai" (1957). Director: David Lean.

Look at this handsome man! Sessue Hayakawa was the first Asian American movie star.

Look at this handsome man! Sessue Hayakawa was the first Asian American movie star.

SESSUE HAYAKAWA 1918 (Fantasy Lenin)

SESSUE HAYAKAWA 1918 (Fantasy Lenin)

Director David Lean, Alec Guinness, and Sessue Hayakawa on the set of "The Bridge on the River Kwai"

Director David Lean, Alec Guinness, and Sessue Hayakawa on the set of "The Bridge on the River Kwai"

Kittyinva: 1917 Sessue Hayakawa, who was the only male Japanese-American silent film star. His wife was also a successful actress in America.

Kittyinva: 1917 Sessue Hayakawa, who was the only male Japanese-American silent film star. His wife was also a successful actress in America.