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James Shigeta Dies: 'Die Hard,' 'Flower Drum Song' Actor Was 81

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James Shigeta, the actor best known for his roles in "Die Hard" and "Flower Drum Song," died Monday at age 81.

Shigeta, who was born in Hawaii and has Japanese ancestry according film database IMDB, died peacefully in his sleep in Los Angeles, his agent Jeffrey Leavitt said, Reuters reported.

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The actor rose to prominence in the 1960s with a series of film and television roles, and won a Golden Globe for most promising male newcomer. He played the leads in 1961's musical film "Flower Drum Song" and "Bridge to the Sun," and a vice admiral in 1976's World War II film "Midway."

In 1988, the actor was a key supporting cast member in "Die Hard" alongside Bruce Willis.

The actor is survived by three brothers and one sister, Leavitt said.

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