Sab Shimono – How Old, How Long His Career, Family, Net Worth, Other Facts

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Sab Shimono

Sab Shimono is a Japanese–American actor and voice actor. A veteran of Asian-American theater, he began his career on stage on Broadway and known for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993), Southland Tales (2006), and Gung Ho (1986).

How old is Sab Shimono?

Sab Shimono was born and raised in Sacramento, California, on July 31, 1937, will be celebrating his 84th birthday on July 31.

How long has Sab been in the film industry?

Sab Shimono has had a consistent career that span for over half a century which is pretty good for actor in film industry.

In 1986, Saburo played the character of Saito in “Gung Ho” a  comedy film directed by Ron Howard and starring Michael Keaton. His role in the film was one of his memorable roles in film production.

In 1990, Sab Shimono was among the cast “Come See the Paradise” a drama film written and directed by Alan Parker, and the film starred Dennis Quaid and Tamlyn Tomita. The film plot was set before and during World War II, the film showed the treatment of Japanese Americans in the United States following the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the subsequent loss of civil liberties within the framework of a love story. Sab played the role of Hiroshi Kawamura. Also that year he joined the cast of “Presumed Innocent” a legal thriller film based on the 1987 novel of the same name by Scott Turow. Directed by Alan J. Pakula, where he played the character of Dr. “Painless” Kumagai.

In 1993, Shimono portrayed as the character Lord Norinaga in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III” a martial arts superhero film written and directed by Stuart Gillard. The film was based on the fictional superhero team the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and was the sequel to the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991).

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In 1994, Sab Shimono was among the cast of “The Shadow” a superhero film from Universal Pictures, produced by Martin Bregman, Willi Bear, and Michael Scott Bregman, and directed by Russell Mulcahy. Where he portrayed as Dr. Roy Tam.

In 2006, Saburo was among the cast of “Southland Tales” a dystopian comedy thriller film written and directed by Richard Kelly. He portrayed the role Hideo Takehashi.

Saburo Shimono also appeared in some of these films: The Sensei as Taky Nakano (2008), Old Dogs as Japanese billionaire Yoshiro Nishamura (2009), No-No Boy (2010), Life Tastes Good (1999).

Aside from acting he has been able to play the role of voice actors in some animations such as The antique-shop owner/Chi Wizard Uncle Chan in  “Jackie Chan Adventures” an animated comedy television series that starred the adventures of a fictionalized version of Hong Kong action film star Jackie Chan. Also as the elderly version of the Emperor in the animated television series “Samurai Jack”.

Sab also played the voice role airbending master Monk Gyatso and Master Yu on the popular series Avatar: The Last Airbender, Master Sushi Chef on The Simpsons, Scooby-Doo, and the Samurai Sword as Takagawa (2009), and Mr. Murakami on 2012’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series.

Saburo Shimono Family life

Saburo was born to restaurant owners Edith Mary (née Otani) and Masauchi Shimono and he has one sibling: Dr. Jiro Shimono. Shimono proclaimed himself a person of same love which means him being gay, and in 2001 he started dating writer Steve Alden Nelson. The couple registered their domestic partnership in April 2005 and went on to married in San Diego on June 23, 2008.

How much is Sab Shimono worth?

Saburo Shimono is said to worth about $1 million dollars which is much average for someone who has been around for over half a century although some actors might be aiming to get to the seven figures.

Other facts:

During World War II, Shimono and his family were among the numbers of families that was interned at the Tule Lake War Relocation Center and the Granada War Relocation Center.

Sab Shimono attended Sacramento High School and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. Saburo has been able to perform on stages like San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater and Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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