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, 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

Anna May Wong, pictured here alongside co-star Sessue Hayakawa, in 1931’s Daughter of The Dragon

Anna May Wong, pictured here alongside co-star Sessue Hayakawa, in 1931’s Daughter of The Dragon

... See Before You Die- “Bridge on The River Kwai” – The Chief End

... See Before You Die- “Bridge on The River Kwai” – The Chief End

Sessue Hayakawa and Anna May Wong in Daughter of the Dragon (1931)

Sessue Hayakawa and Anna May Wong in Daughter of the Dragon (1931)

Sessue Hayakawa 早川 雪洲 (1889 – 1973) was a Japanese actor who starred in American silent films.   "His 'broodingly handsome' good looks and typecasting as a sinister villain with sexual dominance made him a heartthrob among American women, and the first male sex symbol of Hollywood, several years in advance of Rudolph Valentino.  During those early years, Hayakawa was as well known and as popular as Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks, although today his name is sadly unknown to the…

Sessue Hayakawa 早川 雪洲 (1889 – 1973) was a Japanese actor who starred in American silent films. "His 'broodingly handsome' good looks and typecasting as a sinister villain with sexual dominance made him a heartthrob among American women, and the first male sex symbol of Hollywood, several years in advance of Rudolph Valentino. During those early years, Hayakawa was as well known and as popular as Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks, although today his name is sadly unknown to the…

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