Intense Facts About Sessue Hayakawa, Hollywood’s First Heartthrob


Before there was Rudolph Valentino, there was Sessue Hayakawa. Women raved over him, men wanted to be him, and the camera adored him. But behind his sensational allure, the Japanese silent film star hid more than a few Hollywood demons. From his wild personal life to his dark past, the secrets of this forgotten legend are finally out.




Sessue Hayakawa Facts


1. His Family Had Impossible Expectations


Sessue Hayakawa was born with immense expectations on his shoulders. Born in June 10, 1889 as Kintaro Hayakawa, he seemed destined for the sea, not stardom. His father was the wealthy leader of a fisherman’s union in Japan, and his family wanted the young boy to become an officer in the Imperial Navy. Unfortunately, a tragedy got in the way.


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