Ryan-James Hatanaka

Hatanaka in 2019, photo by DFree/Bigstock.com

Place of Birth: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Date of Birth: October 4

Ethnicity: Japanese (paternal grandmother), Irish, Scottish, Métis

Ryan-James Hatanaka is a Canadian television, film, and theatre actor. He plays Det. Tamura on the show Nancy Drew.

He is the son of author Jan Hatanaka and Canadian football player Bill Hatanaka. Ryan-James was raised in Toronto, Ontario.

Ryan-James’ father was born in New Brunswick, to a father of Scottish and Métis descent, and to a Japanese mother. He was adopted by his own stepfather, who was also of Japanese descent, and whose surname was Hatanaka. Ryan-James’ mother is of Irish ancestry.

Ryan-James’ paternal grandmother was Takiko Suzuki (the daughter of Gennosuke Suzuki and Isono/Isona Sato). Gennosuke and Isono were Japanese.

Sources: Information about Ryan-James’ paternal family – http://newsroom.td.com

Obituary of Ryan-James’ paternal grandmother, Takiko (Suzuki) Hatanaka – http://legacy.com

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