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Tadanobu Asano (浅野 忠信) is a Japanese actor who has Norwegian and Dutch ancestry through his grandfather, an American and U.S. citizen. He appeared in his first film, "Kimpachi Sensei" at age 16 after his father advised him to pursue acting.
Asano has starred in both Japanese and American films. He is most known for his role in the samurai films "Gohatto" (1999) and "The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi" (2003). Asano is also featured in the Marvel Studios "Thor" films.
In addition to acting, Asano also sings in a band called Mach 1.67.