Actor James Shigeta played the leading male role in the lavish movie musical "Flower Drum Song" in 1961. The year before, he won a Golden Globe as most promising newcomer.
But after "Flower Drum Song" he never again played the leading man in a major film.
"He was so handsome, debonair," said actor James Hong, who appeared in several films and TV shows with Shigeta. "But there was the stigma in Hollywood about Asian leading men."
Shigeta, 85, died Monday at an assisted-living facility in Beverly Hills. He had been in declining health since suffering a stroke about two years ago, said his sister-in-law, Ellie Shigeta.