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 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.

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 in American, English, French, German, Japanese films (Bridge of the River Kwai) 1889-1973

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.

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.

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 1931’s Daughter of The Dragon

David Lean with Sessue Hayakawa on the set of The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

David Lean with Sessue Hayakawa on the set of The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

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