Actor Scott Takeda was born and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado. He earned a bachelor of science in journalism at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Today, Takeda lives in Denver, Colorado, with his producer wife, Lori Allred.
Takeda began his career on-camera as a television news reporter in Pocatello, Idaho in 1990, before transitioning to producing for stations in Toledo, Ohio; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Denver, Colorado. He worked as a photojournalist/producer for the CBS-owned television station KCNC in Denver, from 1992 until 1994. From 1995 to 1997, he was a producer and director for the syndicated children's show "News-for-Kids."
Takeda's television acting debut came with a guest star role on "Easy Money" on The CW in 2009. He later played the character of Stella's father, Mr. Yamada, in the 2011 Disney Channel TV movie "Lemonade Mouth." In 2015, he guest starred on the television series "American Crime" (ABC), "The Messengers" (The CW) and "Grimm" (NBC), as well as "Halt and Catch Fire" on AMC, "Drop Dead Diva" (Lifetime) and "Star-Crossed" (The CW) in 2014.
Takeda portrayed a bank manager in the film "Everything Must Go" (2010), Mr. Yamata in "Dallas Buyers Club" (2013), and a television producer in "Gone Girl" (2014). He appears in the 2016 film "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot."
Takeda is a SAG-AFTRA actor. He studied improvisational comedy with the Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles. He performs regularly with an improv troupe in Denver. In 2014, he starred in "Working Together," an improv show stylized like a 1990s sitcom that premiered at the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse in Denver, and had a 2015 run at The Box Performance Space in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Takeda runs Takeda Entertainment, a production company that produces corporate films and documentaries, including the Emmy-nominated 1996 documentary "The Holocaust: Colorado Remembers," which he wrote, directed and produced. As a still photographer, he has exhibited his work at galleries around Colorado, and had a show at the Split Gallery in Croatia in 2015.
In 2016, he was been cast in Lifetime's "Devious Maids" to portray the role of Dr. Brooks.
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