Akie Kotabe has long been sought after for his compelling presence on screen, and has built an impressive career playing a variety of roles in television and film, including playing a leading role opposite Oscar-nominated actress Salma Hayek in the action/thriller Everly.
Other notable roles include Nakamura in season 3 of The Man in the High Castle, Meyers in The November Man, a spy film starring Pierce Brosnan, and appearing on the big screen in Paul Greengrass’s Jason Bourne alongside Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones and Ato Essandoh.
But his impressive filmography is not the only string to the talented actor’s bow; he’s built up a string of TV credits too, including playing Dr. Ji Dae Sun on AMC/Channel 4’s Humans, Akira Takahashi on the well-respected hit show Mad Men, working alongside Jon Hamm and Christina Hendricks, as well as voicing Kyan for the hit animated series Go Jetters (CBeebies). The versatile actor has also featured in the Emmy award-winning prime-time shows CSI: Miami and Without a Trace, and has enjoyed appearing in series ranging from Ghost Whisperer to Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
Akie, who is fluent in English and Japanese, was born in Lansing, Michigan, and has lived all around the world – including long spells in Europe, Asia and South America – spent his childhood years growing up in Austin, Texas. His desire to act was sparked at the age of 20, when a spur-of-the-moment whim saw him successfully audition for a student film while he was studying to complete a degree in Computer Science at the University of Texas.
Akie caught the bug and moved to Los Angeles in 2005 after working in theatre in Japan for a year. Within a few months, he landed the main role in a national commercial for Cingular Wireless, directed by Oscar-winner Errol Morris, and hasn’t looked back since.