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Ace Yonamine Age, Bio, Spouse, Movies, Facts

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Ace Yonamine was an American actor mostly known for his incredible roles in the movies The Replacements (2000), Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003). If you are interested in reading about Ace Yonamine bio then continue reading below.

Ace Yonamine Biography

Ace Yonamine was a Japanese-American actor who was born on June 6,1972 in Honolulu, Hawaii and was raised in New York, USA. He resided in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA until he passed away on September 4, 2021. He was 49 years old and followed Christianity.

Ace Yonamine has a son named Tiger Yonamine and a sister named Joy Yonamine. Not much information is available regarding Ace Yonamine bio on the internet.

Ace Yonamine Career

Ace Yonamine worked as a full-time sumo wrestler in Japan before he started his acting career. According to Yonamine, he had some model friends who used to go to the States. When he returned from Japan, he saw that a lot of advertising agencies in Hawaii were looking for sumo wrestlers as they were getting very popular there.

Ace Yonamine then got a role of an ex-sumo wrestler turned football player named Jumbo Fukimo in The Replacements (2000) directed by Howard Deutsch. In the movie, he played an offensive lineman for Washington Sentinels. His character was loved by many people worldwide which launched his acting career. He then got multiple roles in different movies.

 In 2003, Ace Yonamine worked alongside Angelina Jolie and Gerard Butler in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003) and immediately became good friends with both of the superstars. He played the character of Shay Ling Giant, who was a member of Shay Ling, a criminal organization. Ace Yonamine’s other most notable roles were in the movies Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) as a sumo wrestler and in Ladies and The Champ (2001).

Apart from acting, Ace Yonamine works as a spokesperson for Bud Light, promotes cough syrup, and works as a freelancer in Mexico and the United Kingdom.

Ace Yonamine Filmography 

Some of the films in which Ace Yonamine starred are:

  • The Replacements (2000)

The Replacements is a sports comedy movie directed by Howard Deutsch which was based on the 1987 NFL strike. During the strike, the Washington Redskins won all replacement games without their regular players and also went on to win Super Bowl XXII. The film is based on the stories of the replacement players. Ace Yonamine plays the role of Jumbo Fumiko as number 68 who was a Japanese sumo wrestler turned offensive lineman. 

  • Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)

Ace Yonamine’s second role was in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life in which he starred along with Angelina Jolie. It is an action-adventure movie directed by Jan De Bont, which was based on the video game series Lara Croft.

The movie was a sequel to the previous movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider released in 2001. Ace Yonamine played the role of Shay Ling Giant who was a member of the Chinese organization Shay Ling. 

  • Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

Memoirs of a Geisha is a period-drama film directed by Steven Spielberg. The movie tells the story of a young Japanese girl Chiyo Sakamoto who belongs to a poor family. Chiyo is sold to a Geisha family and becomes a Geisha under the name of Sayuri Nitta. The movie details the challenges and hardships faced by the Geisha before World War 2. Ace Yonamine plays a sumo wrestler in the movie.

Ace Yonamine Appearance

Ace Yonamine was a brawny person as he worked as a professional sumo wrestler before becoming an actor. He had brown eyes and black hair but he was mostly seen bald. He measured. 5 feet 5 inches ( 165 cm, 1.65 m) and weighed 120 kg.

Ace Yonamine Facts

Some of the unknown facts about Ace Yonamine are:

  1. Ace Yonamine loved eating chocolate and cake.
  2. He doesn’t drink or smoke.
  3. Ace was born and raised in New York.
  4. He was a full-time sumo wrestler before he was an actor.

5.He was non-vegetarian.

Ace Yonamine Health

Ace Yonamine was recently diagnosed with a serious kidney condition which has made him leave acting. He worked in a security agency at a courthouse in Pearl City, Oahu, Hawaii. He had to go through several dialysis treatments weekly which is like a part-time job according to him.

Ace Yonamine Death

Ace Yonamine passed away on September 4, 2021 at the age of 49 as he was suffering from chronic kidney condition. His fans remember him as a lovable and funny person.

Ace Yonamine Net Worth

Ace Yonamine’s net worth was estimated to be around $1 million. A major part of his earnings are due to his roles in popular movies: Memoirs of Geisha, The Replacements, and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. He also earns money through brand endorsements and working in TV shows. According to sources, the charges $10k for featuring in an ad.


Ace Yonamine was a funny and a charming personality who entertained his fans through his amazing roles in different movies. He was not just a talented actor but a professional sumo wrestler too.

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