Teru Shimada

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Teru Shimada (島田輝 Shimada Teru, born Akira Shimada (島田明 Shimada Akira); November 17, 1905 – June 19, 1988) was a Japanese-American actor.

A Nikkeijin (first-generation Japanese-American), Shimada emigrated to the United States in the early 1930s to follow in the footsteps of his idol Sessue Hayakawa, where he began acting in theatre before finding a steady career playing supporting roles in Hollywood films. After being interned during World War II, Shimada found a career resurgence starring opposite Humphrey Bogart in the 1949 film, Tokyo Joe.

Shimada subsequently appeared in many films and television series throughout the 1950s and 60s. He also appeared in an episode ("And Five of Us are Left") of the 1960s American television series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea in 1965. That year, he also made a guest appearance on Perry Mason as Dr. Maseo Tachikawa in "The Case of the Baffling Bug" and as Ito Kumagi in the 1962 episode "The Case of the Capricious Corpse". In 1970, he had had a leading role in an episode of Hawaii Five-O ("The Reunion"). Arguably his most well-known role came in 1967, when he was cast as Mr. Osato, a SPECTRE agent in the 1967 James Bond film, You Only Live Twice.

He later retired in the mid-1970s following appearances in Barnaby Jones and The Six Million Dollar Man and died in Encino, Los Angeles, California in 1988.

Select Appearances

  • 1975 The Six Million Dollar Man (TV Series)
  • 1970 Family Affair (TV Series)
    • Mr. Osaki's Tree (1970) ... Mr. Osaki
  • 1967 You Only Live Twice (Movie) as Mr. Osato
  • 1966 Batman as Japanese Delegate (uncredited)
  • Assignment: Underwater (TV Series)
    • Affair in Tokyo (1961)
  • 1960 Hawaiian Eye (TV Series)
  • 1960 The Detectives (TV Series)
    • Karate (1960) ... Mr. Harada
  • The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (TV Series)
  • 1949 Tokyo Joe (Movie) as Ito