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Three groundbreaking Asian actors

Sessue Hayakawa, Miyoshi Umeki, Anna May Wong

May 16, 2011
  • Miyoshi Umeki and Red Buttons in "Sayonara."
Miyoshi Umeki and Red Buttons in "Sayonara." (Los Angeles Times )

Sessue Hayakawa

The Japanese star earned a supporting actor Oscar nomination for David Lean's classic 1957 "The Bridge on the River Kwai" as rigid POW camp commander Col. Saito.

Miyoshi Umeki

The first Asian to win an acting Oscar. Umeki won the supporting actress award for 1957's "Sayonara" as the ill-fated Japanese bride of an American serviceman.

Anna May Wong

The Chinese American actress received a lot of attention from critics and audiences as the Mongol slave in Douglas Fairbanks' 1924 swashbuckler "The Thief of Bagdad."

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