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 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 (1918) - first Asian leading man in Hollywood

Sessue Hayakawa, Hollywood silent film star and the first movie hearthrob - sadly forgotten today. though I remember him as the pirate captain in Disney's "Swiss Family Robinson," when he was quite older.

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 Daughter of The Dragon

I present to you good people, Sessue Hayakawa, silent film movie stud.  First off, just look at this guy. Yum.  He was a Japanese immigrant and one of the few Asian actors to reach fame in Hollywood. He is actually *the* original heartthrob of cinema, making all the ladies swoon (and it’s not hard to see why).

I present to you good people, Sessue Hayakawa, silent film movie stud. He was a Japanese immigrant and one of the few Asian actors to reach fame in Hollywood.

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(1889-1973)

Sessue Hayakawa (早川 雪洲 Hayakawa Sesshū, June 1889 – November was a Japanese Issei actor.

Look at this handsome man! Sessue Hayakawa was the first Asian American movie star.

Sessue Hayakawa's splashy career as a major Hollywood star began in 1914 and lasted through World War II and into the Despite his early success as a romantic hero, Hayakawa was increasingly relegated to anti-hero roles in his later career.

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, was a sex symbol before Rudolph Valentino

Silent era leading man Sessue Hayakawa (1910s) He was one of the first male sex symbols in Hollywood http://ift.tt/2fSwApq

Silent era leading man Sessue Hayakawa (1910s) He was one of the first male sex symbols in Hollywood http://ift.tt/2fSwApq

Sessue Hayakawa and Fannie Ward in The Cheat (1915)

Sessue Hayakawa and Fannie Ward in The Cheat (1915)

Sessue Hayakawa

Sessue Hayakawa

Audrey Hepburn (Rima) and Sessue Hayakawa (Runi) I Green Mansions (Verdi dimore) directed by Mel Ferrer, 1959

Audrey Hepburn (Rima) and Sessue Hayakawa (Runi) I Green Mansions (Verdi dimore) directed by Mel Ferrer, 1959

kittyinva:  “Kittyinva: 1920 Publicity shot of Sessue Hayakawa in “The Beggar Prince”. From Movies of the 1920′s, FB.  ”

kittyinva: “Kittyinva: 1920 Publicity shot of Sessue Hayakawa in “The Beggar Prince”. From Movies of the 1920′s, FB. ”

Alec Guinness (Colonel Nicholson ) and Sessue Hayakawa (Colonel Saito ) I The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), David Lean

Alec Guinness (Colonel Nicholson ) and Sessue Hayakawa (Colonel Saito ) I The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), David Lean

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