Chris Tashima

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Birthday
24, 1960
Birthplace
Massachusetts
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
24, 1960 (age 58)
Birthplace
Massachusetts

About

Best known for directing, producing, co-writing, and starring in the Academy Award-winning short film "Visas and Virtue," this director and actor also founded a Los Angeles-based, Asian-American theater company called Cedar Grove OnStage.

Before Fame

After studying film at both the University of California-Santa Cruz and the University of California-Los Angeles, he acted in several theatrical productions with Los Angeles' East West Players company.

Trivia

He appeared in and directed a Regional Emmy-nominated 2003 PBS television special titled "Day of Independence."

Family Life

Born to a Japanese-American family in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he spent the majority of his youth in the California cities of Pasadena, Berkeley, and Los Angeles.

Associated With

His acclaimed short film, "Visas and Virtue," tells the story of World War II-era diplomat Chiune Sugihara, who helped save the lives of thousands of Jewish refugees.