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Ken Hakuta Biography

Ken Hakuta

Facts of Ken Hakuta

Date of Birth: 1951
Birth Nation: South Korea
Name Ken Hakuta
Birth Name Paik Kun
Father Paik Nam-il
Birth Place/City Seoul
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Black
Married Yes
Married to Marilou Cantiller
Children Yes
Awards Inventor of the Year
TV Show Dr. Fad Show

Quick Timeline of Ken Hakuta

1951 Born in Seoul, South Korea
1977 Married to Marilou Cantiller
1980 Invented Wacky Wall Walker
1988 Worked in Dr. Fad Show

Detail Timeline of Ken Hakuta


Born in Seoul, South Korea

Ken Hakuta was born to the CEO of a textile company, Paik Nam-il. He belongs to Korean descent and Korean nationality.


Married to Marilou Cantiller

He married a Filipino descent Marilou Cantiller, a worker at the World Bank in 1977. The two met during their work at the World Bank.


Invented Wacky Wall Walker

He invented one of the most popular toys of his time and sold over 240 million units in the 1980s.


Worked in Dr. Fad Show

Ken Hakuto worked as the host of the popular kid's show Dr. Fad Show which features inventions and tricks. The show ran for six years


Ken Hakuta, also known as Dr. Fad, is a Japanese-American media personality, entrepreneur, and inventor. He was popular among the children when his TV show The Dr. Fad Show broadcasted from 1988 to 1994. The show included creativity, inventions, and tricks. Moreover, he was honored at Franklin Institute in Philadelphia with the Inventor of the Year Award.

Early Life

Hakuta was born in 1951, in Seoul, South Korea. His birth name is Paik Kun and was born to Paik Nam-il, the CEO of a textile company. He was the eldest of his siblings. The family migrated to Japan in 1951, as his grandfather was accused of collaborating with Japanese.

Ken CAPTION: Ken Hakuta SOURCE: LifestyleInquirer

The family members changed their name to the Japanese name. The information regarding his education and childhood is distinctly unknown. Moreover, he was the nephew of a video artist Nam June Paik.


In the 1980s, Ken invented one of the most popular toys of his time, Wacky Wall Walker. The toy sold over 240 million units in 1983 and became more popular when cereals from the Kellogg company contained the toys as a prize.

Moreover, he signed a contract with Vh1 for the show I Love the 80s: 1983, featuring his product and his character Dr. Fad.

Hakuta was also fond of collecting arts like antique furniture and other pieces in 1981, which is now showcased in Mount Lebanon Shaker Society.

Furthermore, the Japanese-American inventor opened an e-commerce company that sold herbal products and information regarding herbs but the company ceased in February 2000 due to extreme competition.

Ken has made an appearance in wide varieties of shows such as Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The New York Times, Detroit Free Press, The Tonight Show, 48 Hours, Oprah, Today Show, Larry King and many more including numerous radio shows. Moreover, he worked as the executor of his uncle’s real estate business.

Net Worth

Hakuta has accumulated an estimated net worth of $20 million as of 2019 similar to that of an American actor Pauly Shore. His product Wacky Wall Walker made him an unexpected fortune and helped him in many ways.

Likewise, he ran the TV show Dr. Fad Show for six years. He also appeared in the VH1’s TV show I Love the 80s: 1983. The TV shows earned him more than a million.

He owns a Victorian mansion at Washington National Cathedral.

Personal Life: Relationship

In 1977, Ken married a Filipino born Marilou Cantiller. The two met when they worked at the World Bank. The couple has three children named Justin Hakuta, Kenzo Hakuta and Aki Hakuta. There is no information on him having a girlfriend before Marilou.

Both Ken and his wife are experts in Japanese cuisine.

Justin married Ali Wong, a comedian, on 27 November 2014 and has two children.

Age, Height, and Statistics

Age: The age of Hakuta is 68-year-old as of 2019.

Height: His height is distinctly unknown.

Weight: The American actor is healthy however the weight is unavailable.

Eye Color: He has black eyes.

Hair Color: Likewise, his hair is naturally black.

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