Biracial Asian actor, Takeshi Kaneshiro is our cynosure in this article. The Taiwanese-Japanese actor has since stamped his feet on the Asian entertainment industry ever since he started his professional career as a singer in 1992. Kaneshiro is best known for his roles in films such as Fallen Angels, Hero, Red Cliff, and House of the Flying Dragons. He has also worked alongside some top-notch Asian directors such as John Woo, Zhang Yimou, Wong Kar-wai, and Peter Chan.
Who Is Takeshi Kaneshiro?
Takeshi Kaneshiro is a Taiwanese-born Japanese actor and singer. He was born to a Taiwanese mother and a Japanese father on October 11, 1973, in Wanhua District, Taipei, Taiwan. His father was a businessman while his mother is a homemaker.
Growing up, Takeshi was a spendthrift. His parents were financially buoyant and they got him everything he wanted as a child. He studied at Taipei Japanese Junior High School. After graduating from junior high, he went on to study at Taipei American School, an English-speaking school in Taiwan.
As a child, he grew up with a love for watching films, and oftentimes, he would sneak out to the cinema to watch films without the consent of his parents, as they didn’t allow their kids to watch films that much. When he got to his teens, he began to explore music, as he learned to play the guitar and also sing. During that period, he began receiving offers to appear in TV adverts. Around the same time, he dropped out of high school and chose to pursue careers in acting and singing.
Takeshi Kaneshiro was only 19 years of age when he dropped his first album, titled Heartbreaking Night in 1992. His debut album brought him to the limelight, and shortly after the release of his album, he began to receive film roles.
Kaneshiro made his acting debut in 1993 when he starred in Heroic Trio 2: Executioners as Chong Hon. His next movie role came in the following year when he was cast as Kenji in Mermaid Got Married. Still, in 1994, he starred in other films such as The Wrath of Science, Chungking Express, and No Sir!.
By 1995, Kaneshiro was already popular and roles began pouring in more often. He starred in six films in 1995, and amongst them was the popular Hong Kong drama film, Fallen Angels, where he starred as He Zhiwu. In the following year, he featured in a total of five mainstream films. The actor has since become a significant figure in the Asian entertainment industry and is set to feature in the 2019 film, Sons of the Neon Night.
Is Takeshi Kaneshiro Married, Who is The Wife?
His single ladies fans would be glad to know that the actor isn’t taken yet and is still in the market for love. Even at 45 years of age, he isn’t yet committed to anybody as far as marriage is concerned. He has, however, been in a couple of relationships with several ladies but none of them has ended in a marriage.
In 2011, the media was on fire over rumors about Kaneshiro being spotted outside his luxurious residence in Taipei with a young beautiful but unknown woman. The mysterious lady was later seen going to buy dinner for the two while the actor remained in his car to avoid media reporters.
Here are Facts You Must Know About The Actor
- He is Multi-talented
Takeshi Kaneshiro is mostly known as an actor but he is also a singer and he plays the guitar as well. He actually started his entertainment career as a singer and he released his debut album in 1992. Since then, he has released eight more albums and lots of singles.
- He is Fluent in many Languages
He got to learn the English language while attending an English-speaking school. Thanks to his dual nationality, he speaks and understands the following set of languages: Taiwanese, Japanese, Mandarin, Hokkien, and a little English and Cantonese.
- His Step-Brothers
Takeshi has two elder stepbrothers, one of whom he shares the same mother and the other, the same father. He is seven years younger than the eldest son and just a year younger than his other half-brother.
- He Loves Animals
Growing up, Takeshi Kaneshiro wanted to one day become a zookeeper because of his love for animals. He once joked about having a Tiger and feeding it, and eventually feed himself to it.
- His Net Worth
The Taiwanese-born actor and singer have made quite a fortune for himself since he started singing and acting. His net worth stands at an estimate of $20 million. His salary from every TV role he has so far played is not yet known, however, we believe that he is paid quite well considering how well he plays every role he is given.