Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa - Details


CARY-HIROYUKI TAGAWA was born in Tokyo but grew up in various cities in the United States, finally settling in Southern California. Tagawa began acting in high school. His mother, an actress in Tokyo, tried to discourage him from becoming an actor because she thought Asian roles in America lacked substance.

Tagawa began his film career as an extra in "Big Trouble in Little China," starring Kurt Russell. His first big break as an actor was his role as Chang in Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Last Emperor".

Tagawa is also a familiar face on television. He was a regular cast member on the CBS series "Nash Bridges" and the science fiction/action series "Space Rangers," and has appeared on numerous other popular TV shows including "Stargate SG-1" and "Babylon 5."

When he’s not acting, Tagawa addresses student groups at SFSU and Stanford, coaches professional athletes and works on a new form of martial arts he developed called Chuu Shin. He teaches a whole new concept for sports athletes by bringing martial arts to athletic training, which can be found in detail on his website:


  • 27th September 1950 - Birth