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List of famous people of Japanese descent, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several celebrities are of Japanese ancestry. Some were born overseas, and others are third- and fourth-generation Japanese Americans. Many of these famous stars, actors, and musicians have had successful careers in the U.S. and all over the world. Several Olympic athletes are of Japanese descent.

Who is the most famous person of Japanese Descent? Yoko Ono tops our list. The famous artist and musician was born in Japan to Japanese parents. Her banker father was transferred frequently and the family lived in San Francisco, Japan, and New York during Ono's childhood. She married Beatles superstar John Lennon in 1969, and they remained together until Lennon's death in 1980. Together they held “bed-ins” to promote peace all over the world.  

Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi is a fourth generation Japanese-American. She was born and raised in California. Gold medal winner Apolo Anton Ohno's father is from Japan, and his mother is Caucasian American. He was born and raised in Seattle. Professional golfer Rickie Fowler is also of Japanese descent, and MLB player Lenn Sakata is a fourth generation Japanese American.

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Dean Cain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 31 Famous People of Japanese Descent
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Actor Dean Cain's paternal grandfather was Japanese, and the family's real surname is Tanaka. Cain was born in Michigan and grew up in California.

Age: 50

Birthplace: Mount Clemens, Michigan, United States of America

Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, + more

Credits: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Ripley's Believe It or Not!, Out of Time, Bloopers

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Asia Carrera is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 31 Famous People of Japanese Descent
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Asia Carrera's father is Japanese, and her mother is German.  Both Jessica Steinhauser, the adult film star was born in New York City and raised in New Jersey.

Age: 43

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Profession: Pornographic actor, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, Film Director

Credits: The Big Lebowski, Euphoria, Pornogothic, Without Charlie, Colin's Sleazy Friends, + more

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Ann Curry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 31 Famous People of Japanese Descent
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Ann Curry's parents met during the U.S. occupation of Japan following World War II. Her father Bob was in the U.S. Navy, and her mother, Hiroe Nagase, lived in Japan. Born in Guam, Curry spent some years in Japan before moving to America with her family.

Age: 60

Birthplace: Guam

Profession: Newsreader, Photojournalist, Actor, TV Journalist, Presenter, + more

Credits: Dateline NBC, Today, NBC Nightly News, Rock Center with Brian Williams, Christmas In Rockefeller Center, + more

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Fred Armisen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 31 Famous People of Japanese Descent
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Fred Armisen's father is half-Japanese, and his mother is Venezuelan. The former "SNL" actor was born in Mississippi and raised in New York.

Age: 50

Birthplace: Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Comedian, Television producer, Musician, Screenwriter, + more

Credits: Saturday Night Live, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Easy A, Late Night with Seth Meyers

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