Japanese-American actor and comedian, Gedde Watanabe is best known for voicing the character of Ling in the 1998 successful animated film Mulan and its 2004 sequel, Mulan II as well as playing Long Duk Dong in the 1984 film Sixteen Candles.
Gedde Watanabe was born on June 26, 1955, in Ogden, UT under the birth sign of Cancer. He holds an American nationality and belongs to a white ethnic group. His mother, who had been previously interned during the World War II internment of Japanese Americans, worked as a seamstress at the Utah Tailoring Company.
After graduating from high school, Watanabe moved from Odgen to San Francisco, where he hoped to make a living as a street musician while improving his histrionic skills.
Watanabe is probably married to his girlfriend. However, he has not made any official announcement on marital life to date. He never spilled the beans about his love affairs and being married, though.
Therefore, regarding his wife, past affairs, and children is still a mystery.
The actor has a net worth of around $2 million as of 2019 which he earned from his career as a television and film actor. As per some sources claim that he earns around $52 thousand per annum as a movie actor and $15 thousand to $25 thousand per episode from his television series.
In 1976, Watanabe’s first role was as a member of the original Broadway cast of Pacific Overtures. In addition, he has appeared in several in television series includes Gung Ho (1986), Happily Ever After Fairy Tales for Every Child (1995 and 1997), Duckman (1996), ER (1997–2003), Batman Beyond (1999, 2000) and Model Family (2006).
Also, he featured in a handful of blockbuster movies such as in Sixteen Candles along with Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling, Anthony Michael Hall, and John Cusack which collected an impressive box office of $23.7 million on the budget of $6.5 million.
Similarly, his other film, Gung Ho (1986) earned $36.6 million on the budget of $13 million. He also starred film Mulan (1998) made a lucrative box office of $304.3 million on the budget of $90 million.