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Ken Watanabe Is Battling Stomach Cancer, Broadway Return Delayed

Ken Watanabe Is Battling Stomach Cancer, Broadway Return Delayed

Ken Watanabe‘s return to the Broadway stage in the musical The King and I has been delayed as he is currently battling stomach cancer.

The 56-year-old actor is recovering in Japan after undergoing endoscopic surgery and he has released a statement to thank his fans for their patience in his return to the stage.

“I would like to ask for your understanding that the start of my performance in New York will be a little delayed,” Ken said (via Page Six).

Ken received a Tony nomination for his performance in The King and I and he has been on a hiatus from the show since last summer. He was supposed to return from March 1 through April 17, but he will no longer perform those dates.

Ken is best known for his work in such films as Godzilla, Batman Begins, Letters from Iwo Jima, and The Last Samurai, for which he received an Oscar nomination.

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  • FutrPA12

    May God bless and see him through this tough time. CAN WE PLEASE FIND A CURE FOR CANCER NOW!!!!!!!

  • CLX

    Ken is a wonderful actor. I hope his recovery is a speedy one.

  • Ariana

    Poor guy. I hope he feels better.

  • DesertRose

    Not The Chairman! </3

  • PeacefulLife

    I met him 15 years ago in Tokyo. Soft spoken. Nice man and he was telling me over 20? years ago he was treated for colon/stomach cancer? in Edmonton. One of the few real Japanese talented actors in foreign films.

  • siennagold

    Nooo! That’s too bad but I read in other news articles that it’s early stage cancer so let’s hope he’ll beat the big C.