Ishida, Jim (James Ishida, James S. Ishida)

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Ishida, Jim (James Ishida, James S. Ishida)


Education: Studied acting with Stella Adler, Darryl Hickman, Milton Katesealas, and Lilyan Chauvin.


Actor and stuntperson. East West Players, Los Angeles, network member; taught acting at East Los Angeles Theatre.


Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Actors' Equity Association.

Awards, Honors:

DramaLogue Award, 1992, for The Dream of Kitamura.


Film Appearances:

(Uncredited) Pilot Lieutenant Takeo Koda, Midway (also known as The Battle of Midway), Universal, 1976.

Masaggi's aide number one, Deal of the Century, Warner Bros., 1983.

Coroner, Deadly Friend, Warner Bros., 1986.

(As James Ishida) Fujitsu, Back to the Future Part II, Universal, 1989.

Nakata, Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects (also known as Kinjite), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1989.

Khoi, The Iron Triangle, Scotti Bros. Pictures, 1989.

Escort officer, Black Rain, Paramount, 1989.

Reporter, Predator 2, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1990.

Asian cop number two, Showdown in Little Tokyo, Warner Bros., 1991.

Dr. Tanaki, Cold Heaven, Hemdale Film Corp., 1991.

(As James Ishida) Reporter, Ricochet, Warner Bros., 1991.

Nissan boss, Driving Me Crazy, 1991.

Guest, CIA Code Name: Alexa, 1992.

Tall Monk, The Next Karate Kid, Columbia, 1994.

Mr. Okida, Showgirls, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1995.

Mr. Fumitsu, Strange Days, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1995.

Bali Majestic guest, Dunston Checks In, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1996.

Senator Furiyo, The Silencers, PM Entertainment Group, Inc., 1996.

Client number three, Armageddon, Buena Vista, 1998.

Tommy, After One Cigarette (short film), 1999.

Byron Fujisaki, Stanley's Gig, 2000.

(As Jimmy Ishida) Landlord, Real Women Have Curves, Alpha, 2002.

(As James Ishida) Yoshinoya manager, The Terminal, United International, 2004.

Also appeared in For the Boys and Hito Hata.

Film Stuntperson:

Showdown in Little Tokyo, Warner Bros., 1991.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Hansel and Gretel, 1982.

Dr. Ying, This Child Is Mine, 1985.

(As James Ishida) Dr. Terasaki, Chernobyl: The Final Warning (also known as Final Warning), TNT, 1991.

Rocky Araki, K-9000, Fox, 1991.

Japanese man, Late Last Night, Starz!, 1999.

Resident, The Reading Room, Hallmark Channel, 2005.

Medical examiner, McBride: The Doctor Is OutReally Out, 2005.

Television Appearances; Series:

Lin, Dynasty, 1984-87.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Security guard, "One Big Happy Family," Hawaii Five-O, CBS, 1973.

(As James S. Ishida) "Hara-Kiri: Murder," Hawaii Five-O, CBS, 1974.

(As James Ishida) "A Study in Rage," Hawaii Five-O, CBS, 1975.

Second commando, "Up for Grabs," Baa Baa Black Sheep (also known as Balck Sheep Squadron), 1976.

Second commando, "Poor Little Lambs," Baa Baa Black Sheep (also known as Black Sheep Squadron), 1977.

Pham Vam Vinh, "New Life, Old Dragons," The Rockford Files, 1977.

"Wipe-Out," The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, 1977.

Saito, "Service Above and Beyond," Scarecrow and Mrs. King, CBS, 1983.

Van Nguyen, Cutter to Houston, CBS, 1983.

Mr. Okida, "Secrets," Emerald Point N.A.S., 1984.

Farmer (four episodes), Santa Barbara, 1985.

Dr. Change, "The Trouble with Harry," The A-Team, NBC, 1986.

Businessman, "Discoveries," Hotel (also known as Arthur Hailey's "Hotel"), 1987.

"Til Death Do Us Part," Hotel (also known as Arthur Hailey's "Hotel"), 1988.

Mr. Ishida, "The Perfect Opportunity," Knots Landing, 1989.

Mr. Yamamoto, "Trisha Springs Eternal," Carol & Company, 1990.

"How I Saved the Senator," 21 Jump Street, Fox, 1990.

Sheriff Chen, "River of No Return: Parts 1 & 2," Baywatch, syndicated, 1992.

Dr. Hayakawa, Civil Wars, ABC, 1992.

Mr. Watanabe, Nurses, 1992.

Sishu, Bob, CBS, 1992.

Dr. Tasaki, "A Voice in the Wilderness: Part 1," Babylon 5, syndicated, 1994.

Mr. Rondan, "A Proper Farewell," Sisters, NBC, 1995.

Businessman, "Julia's Day Off," Maybe This Time, ABC, 1995.

(As James Ishida) Inspector Ota, "Kendo Killing," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1996.

Father, "The Model Wife," Minor Adjustments, NBC and UPN, 1996.

Tetsuo Ichiho, "Ricochet," Gun, ABC, 1997.

Doctor, "Wake Up Call," L.A. Heat, TNT, 1999.

Man, "Jack Gets Tough," Just Shoot Me, NBC, 1999.

Mr. Hamaguchi, "If I Could See Me Now: Part 2," Rude Awakening, 2000.

(As James Ishida) Salesman, "Getting to Know You," According to Jim, 2003.

Administrator, "Bringing Up Buster," Arrested Development, 2003.

Also appeared in Bold and Beautiful; Civil Wars; Days of Our Lives, NBC; Young and the Restless; General Hospital, ABC; Jake and the Fatman; Tracey Ullman Show; The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC; Rockford Files; and Hart to Hart.

Stage Appearances:

Wilbur, Family Devotions, Public Theatre, New York City, 1981.

Green Card, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1986.

The Dream of Kitamura, East West Players, Los Angeles, c. 1992.

Carry the Tiger to the Mountain, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, 1998.

Also appeared in The Waiting Room, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles; Tachinoki, International Arts Festival, New York City; Class "C" Trial in Yokohama, Missouri Repertory Theatre; War Babies, La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, CA, and Mark Taper Forum; Live Oak Store, East West Players, Los Angeles; A Song for a Nisei Fisherman, Mark Taper Forum.

Stage Work:

The Dream of Kitamura, 1992.

Directed Diary of a Mad Mexican.


Video Games:

Rama, Sierra, 1997.