Kurt Kanazawa

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Kurt Kanazawa is a Juilliard School and Columbia University graduate. Previously, Kurt was an opera singer featured in The New York Times, Public Radio International, and Time Magazine. Kurt is also a two-time award-winning audiobook narrator, most recently hailed in Traci Chee's We Are Not Free, and proudly fluent in Italian, French, and Japanese languages. He has also worked multiple times in China and speaks some Mandarin, as well as limited German. Notably, Kurt's grandmother, Shimeji Ryusaki Kanazawa, is known as "The Florence Nightingale of Hawaii" for her efforts during WWII, subsequently honored by the American Red Cross, national committee appointments by Presidents Reagan, Carter, and Clinton, respectively, and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Hawai'i - Manoa. Scouted on the street by an Italian talent manager in Rome, Kurt's first acting job was on the popular RAI 1 soap opera Provaci ancora Prof! 7, appearing as "Ichiro," a Japanese tattoo artist who speaks Italian. He was also featured in commercial campaigns for McDonalds, Nike, and Vecchio Amaro del Capo. He is thrilled to be joining LATW family again after the award-winning Sisters Matsumoto by Philip Kan Gotanda, directed by Tim Dang.