Ken Takemoto is a native of Hawaii, born in Haleiwa on August 18, 1934. He spent his childhood in Kaka‘ako and his teenage and college years in Kapahulu. He went to Washington Jr. High and McKinley High School (Class of 1952). He graduated from the University of Hawaii in 1957 and went on to UCLA in Los Angeles to get teaching credentials in art. He started teaching in 1960 and retired in 1996 after 35 years with the Los Angeles Unified School District.
While still a teacher at the 32nd Street/USC Performing Arts Magnet School, he got his first acting job on a Stevie Wonder music video when one of the school teacher’s wife was looking for an older Asian man. He went on to take a summer acting workshop at East West Players in 1989 out of curiosity and was asked to do props. He continued with it until he retired the same year as Tim Dang. He also did costume design and appeared on stage in four productions. When EWP produced Twelfth Night, he did props, costumes and acted in it as well. During that time, he got agents to represent him in some commercials, print, TV and film.
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