Tohoru Masamune

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Tohoru Masamune
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Masamune at the 2019 Emmy Awards for ARTIFICIAL win, Los Angeles, CA
Born (1959-11-18) November 18, 1959 (age 63)
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology (SB)
Occupation(s) Actor, voice actor
Years active1990present

Tohoru Masamune (born 18 November 1959) is an American actor. His roles include Shredder in the 2014 Michael Bay film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles , Kevin Hall-Yoshida (Paxton's father) in Never Have I Ever , and Inception .

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Early life

Masamune was born in Madison, Wisconsin, on November 18, 1959, the son of Japanese parents, Satoru and Takako Masumune (née Nozoe). He spent his childhood in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His father, Satoru Masamune, was a top researcher, and Arthur C, Cope professor of chemistry at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his maternal grandfather, Tetsuo Nozoe, was a world-renowned scientist in Japan. His great-grandfather was Juichi Nozoe, a lawyer and politician who was a one-time member of the Japanese National Diet (House of Representatives) His paternal grandfather's cousin was noted Japanese literary figure (novelist and playwright), Hakucho Masamune

Tohoru Masamune graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Career

In 1990, he debuted in the film Pacific Heights directed by Academy Award winner, John Schlesinger.

In 1994, he played Ling in Bigfoot: The Unforgettable Encounter . He appeared in the film Inception with the first line of the movie directed by Christopher Nolan, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Ken Watanabe. In 2014, he played Oroku Saki / The Shredder in the reboot feature film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles . [1] [2] In its 2016 sequel, he is replaced by actor Brian Tee. [3]

He also played Haruto Yakimura in Marvel Studios's superhero television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. , and appears in the role of Martin Takagi in the paranormal thriller feature film Chatter. He also provided the voice of Chef Haruki in TBS adult animated series American Dad! , Kira Kozu in an episode of the DreamWorks/Nickelodeon animated series Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness and Sensei in Disney's Club Penguin online shorts.

He played the starring role of Dr. Matt Lin in the 2019 Primetime Emmy Award and 2019 Peabody Award-winning series, ARTIFICIAL on Twitch. [4]

On stage, he has played starring roles under the direction of Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman at the Goodman Theater, and Tony Award winner Daniel J. Sullivan at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in a premiere of Far East (play) written by Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright A.R. Gurney.

As a voice actor, he has appeared in guest roles in animated series such as American Dad! , We Bare Bears , and Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness.

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1990 Pacific Heights Neighbor
1994 Bigfoot: The Unforgettable Encounter Ling
2000 Rugrats in Paris: The Movie Japanese TouristVoice; uncredited
2010 Inception Japanese Security Guard
2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Oroku Saki / The Shredder
2014SwayPastor Joe

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1996 Diagnosis: Murder Al ChoEpisode: "Murder Murder"
1996 Mad About You AnesthesiologistEpisode: "The Procedure"
1996 The Secret World of Alex Mack Dr. MatsumuraEpisode: "World Without Alex"
1996 The Cape Hiro Furakawa2 episodes
1997 The Practice TechnicianEpisode: "Part IV"
1997 Ink GeorgeEpisode: "Logan's Run"
1999 Providence Reporter #2Episode: "You Can't Hurry Love"
1999 Chicago Hope Paramedic #8, Paramedic #42 episodes
2003 Jackie Chan Adventures Company OwnerVoice, episode: "Samurai Ratso"
2005 Without a Trace Mr. KimEpisode: "Lone Star"
2006 24 CTU AgentEpisode: "Day 5: 9:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m."
2006 Heroes Boss At Yamagato
Mr. Egami
3 episodes
2008 Big Shots Riko's ManagerEpisode: "The Better Man"
2008 iCarly Massage Therapist #1, Mr. Fuzawa2 episodes
2010 SOLO - The Series Yakuza BossmanRecurring role
2011 The Young and the Restless Myanmar Official2 episodes
2012 Shake It Up Executive #1Episode: "Made in Japan"
2013 Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Kira KozuVoice, episode: "The Way of the Prawn"
2015 Game Shakers AlanEpisode: "Lost on the Subway"
2016 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Haruto YakimuraEpisode: "The Inside Man"
2016 We Bare Bears ManagerVoice, episode: "Losing Ice"
2016 American Dad! Chief HarukiVoice, episode: "The Enlightenment of Ragi-Baba"
2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Samurais, Shiro Neko NinjaVoice, 2 episodes
2021 Infinity Train Ryan's FatherVoice, episode: "The Twin Tapes"
2021 Never Have I Ever Kevin Hall-YoshidaRecurring role

Video games

YearTitleCredit
1994 Twisted: The Game Show Johnny Pow
1999 Wu-Tang: Shaolin Style Voice
2010 EA Sports MMA Katsuo Yamada
2020 Ghost of Tsushima Sword Fight Choreography Consultant

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