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Gedde Watanabe
Born Gary Watanabe
June 26, 1955 (1955-06-26) (age 54)
Ogden, Utah, U.S.

Gedde Watanabe (born Gary Watanabe, June 26, 1955, Ogden, Utah) is an American theatre, film, and television actor.

He was in several dramatic productions in high school, both acting and singing. After graduation, Watanabe left Ogden for San Francisco, where he hoped to make his living as a street musician while honing his acting skills.



He appeared on Broadway in 1976 in Pacific Overtures and has appeared in a number of films and television shows. Watanabe appeared on Sesame Street for some years and had a recurring role on ER from 1998 to 2002. In 1998 he was the voice for Ling in the Disney film Mulan and reprised the role for the 2004 straight-to-video sequel, Mulan II.

Watanabe's acting parts have been mostly caricatured East Asians with heavy accents (although he does not actually speak Japanese).[1] Jason Buchanan wrote for Allmovie, "The character that Gedde Watanabe is most remembered for is no doubt 'Long Duk Dong,' the spastic foreign exchange student in Sixteen Candles whose drunken fall from a tree and laughable bastardization of the English language had ninth-graders of the day rolling in theater aisles."[2] When the film finished its principal photography, Watanabe surprised the cast and crew by thanking them with his usual American accent while he used a false accent throughout.[3]

He had a starring role in both the film and ABC-TV versions of Gung Ho. The television series was scheduled against the hit show Dallas and was quickly canceled. Watanabe has also provided the voice for various Japanese characters on TV's The Simpsons. From 1996 to 2003 he made occasional appearances as a gay nurse, Yosh, on the television drama ER. He also appeared in the film That Thing You Do as a photographer working for studio boss Sol Siler.

Watanabe co-starred as Kuni in the 1989 movie UHF starring "Weird Al" Yankovic. He played the abusive host of a TV game show called "Wheel of Fish", a cross between Wheel of Fortune and Let's Make a Deal. Watanabe reprised this role on the Weird Al Show.




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