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Akie Kotabe Press Kit

Akie Kotabe

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.  This year he will be playing a lead role opposite Oscar-nominated actress Salma Hayek in the hotly-anticipated film Everly.

This action/thriller is a dark exploration of the powerplay between a Japanese gangster and his intended victim, with Akie and Salma sparring against each other and then working together to deliver a memorable performance.  Everly is directed by Joe Lynch, and will be released through TWC-Radius on February 27th in the US.

Fans will also be able to catch Akie playing the role of Meyers in The November Man, a spy film starring Pierce Brosnan, which was released in August 2014. Earlier this year, Akie appeared on the big screen in Kenneth Branagh’s thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit alongside Chris Pine, Keira Knightley and Kevin Costner.

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 Akira Takahashi on the well-respected hit show Mad Men, working alongside Jon Hamm and Christina Hendricks, as well as voicing the title character for the currently running Disney XD cartoon Boyster. The versatile actor has also featured in the Emmy award-winning primetime shows CSI: Miami and Without a Trace, and has enjoyed appearing in series ranging from Ghost Whisperer to E.R.

Akie, who is fluent in English and Japanese, was born in Lansing, Michigan, in 1980, and has lived all around the world – including long spells in Europe, Asia and South America – but he spent most of his life 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.

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