ByColm S. Herron, writer at
Colm S. Herron

James Shigeta, who found fame in many appearances both on television and film, died this week. Reportedly the 81-year-old died peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of Monday morning.

Having a career that spanned over fifty years, Shigeta first garnered his great popularity when he shared the Best Male Newcomer Golden Globe Award with George Hamilton, Troy Donahue and Barry Coe after his screen debut as a detective in The Crimson Kimono.

He also appeared in popular TV shows such as Hawaii Five-O, Perry Mason, Little House on the Prairie and Mission Impossible.

Perhaps his most recognisable role, for modern audiences, was as the company director of the Nakatomi Plaza, Joe Takagi, in the action classic Die Hard. He refuses, under duress, to give up the codes to the vault that the terrorists are trying to break into and meets his fate at the hands of Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman).

Check out Shigeta in action in this brief elevator scene:

RIP James Shigeta

Source: Deadline


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