Tony-nominated actor Ken Watanabe battling stomach cancer


NEW YORK (AP) — A publicist for Ken Watanabe says the Tony Award- and Oscar-nominated actor has been forced to delay his return to Broadway’s “The King and I” while he battles stomach cancer.

The 56-year-old Japanese actor, who made his American stage debut last year opposite Kelli O’Hara in the revival of “The King and I,” was due to return to the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical from March 1-April 17.

Craig Bankey, Watanabe’s press agent, said Tuesday the actor has undergone endoscopic surgery and is recuperating at a hospital in Japan.

Watanabe, who has been in Christopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins” and “Inception,” also starred in the reboot of “Godzilla” and “Letters From Iwo Jima” and lent his voice to the fourth installment of the Transformers franchise, “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”

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