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.
Happy Sunday from Hollywood's first male sex symbol Sessue Hayakawa! Sessue was the first actor of Asian descent to find stardom as a leading man in the U.S. and Europe and was as popular as Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks during the 1910s and 1920s. Playing roles of sexual dominance and villainy made him a heartthrob to American women. He was so popular that he was initially offered the role in "The Sheik" that made Rudolph Valentino a sensation.