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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 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.

Dean George Cain is an American actor. He is most widely known for his role as Superman in the popular American television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 51

Birthplace: Mount Clemens, Michigan, United States of America

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Ann Curry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 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.

Ann Curry is an American television personality, news journalist and photojournalist. In June 2012, she became the National and International Correspondent/Anchor for NBC News and the Anchor at Large for the Today show. She was co-anchor of Today from June 9, 2011 to June 28, 2012 and the program's news anchor from March 1997 until becoming co-anchor. She was also the anchor of Dateline NBC from 2005 to 2011. On January 13, 2015, it was announced that Ann Curry would be leaving NBC News. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 61

Birthplace: Guam

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Fred Armisen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 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.

Fred Robert Armisen is an American actor, voice actor, writer, producer, director, singer, musician, and comedian. Widely known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2002 until 2013, Armisen has portrayed characters in comedy films, including EuroTrip, Anchorman, and Cop Out. With his comedy partner Carrie Brownstein, Armisen is the co-creator and co-star of the IFC sketch comedy series Portlandia. Armisen founded, a website that features the comedy sketches created with Brownstein, and is the bandleader for the Late Night with Seth Meyers house band, "The 8G Band". For his work on Portlandia, Armisen was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 51

Birthplace: Forrest County, Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Lamar County, United States of America, + more

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Steve Aoki is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Of Japanese Descent
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Steve Aoki is the son of Hiroaki "Rocky" Aoki, the Tokyo-born former wrestler who founded the Benihana restaurant chain. The DJ was born in Miami and grew up in Southern California.

Steven Hiroyuki "Steve" Aoki is an American electro house musician, record producer, and music executive. Known for energetic live shows, in 2012 Pollstar designated Aoki as the highest grossing dance artist in North America from tours. He has collaborated with producers and vocalists such as, Afrojack, LMFAO, Iggy Azalea, Lil Jon, and Laidback Luke, and is known for his remixes of artists such as Kid Cudi. Aoki has released several Billboard-charting studio albums as well, notably Wonderland, which was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronica Album in 2013. He is currently releasing his two-part album series Neon Future. The first part was released on September 30, ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 40

Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States of America

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