|Ronald Ken Fujikawa
|January 21, 1961 - March 23, 2012
|American Lawyer, Father of Danny Fujikawa, Father-in-law of Kate Hudson
Ron Fujikawa is a name that recently came up in the media. And it was all because his son Danny Fujikawa got married to famous American actress Kate Hudson.
How much do we know about Ron? What is his background? What about his relationship with Kate? Let’s try to find out as much as possible.
Who Is Ron’s Daughter-in-Law?
First, we have to talk about Ron’s daughter-in-law. That is how he got into the media spotlight in the first place. Born Kate Garry Hudson in April 1979, she is an American actress that has received various accolades. Hudson has won a Golden Globe Award and earned an Academy Award nomination.
Born in Los Angeles, she is the daughter of another famous actress, Goldie Hawn and Bill Hudson, an actor and comedian. Her parents divorced when Kate was 18 months old. Her brother, actor Oliver Hudson, and Kate were raised by her mother and her longtime boyfriend, actor Kurt Russell.
Kate has Italian ancestry thanks to her paternal grandmother, Hungarian Jewish from her maternal grandmother, and English and German. She was raised Jewish like her mother but also practices Buddhism.
Speaking about her biological father, she once said, “He doesn’t know me from a hole in the wall”. Instead, Kate considers American actor Kurt Russell as her father. As for her mother, she said, “She is the woman that I’ve learned the most from, and who I look up to, who has conducted her life in a way that I can look up to”.
Kate has four siblings, Emily Hudson, and Zachary Hudson from her father’s later marriage to actress Cindy Williams, Lalania Hudson, from another relationship with her father, and Wyatt Russell, from her mother’s relationship with Kurt Russell.
In 1997, she graduated from Crossroads, a college preparatory school in Santa Monica. She then enrolled at New York University. Yet, Kate decided to pursue an acting career instead of an undergraduate degree.
In the 2000s, she rose to popularity by appearing in romantic comedies like How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, You, Me, and Dupree, Fool’s Gold, and Bride Wars.
On television, she had a prominent recurring role in the musical series Glee from 2012 to 2013.
Besides her acting career, Kate has ventured into other businesses. She is the co-founder of the fitness brand and membership program Fabletics.
Who Is Ron’s Son Danny?
Now let’s talk about Ron Fujikawa’s son, Danny Fujikawa. He is the partner of Hollywood movie star Kate Hudson. But he is more than just a celebrity boyfriend.
Danny and Kate have been together since 2016 and appear to be in love. In 2021, they got engaged, but they have yet to tie the knot.
Danny was born in 1986 in Los Angeles. He was raised there, and he still resides in the city. He has two brothers, Michael Fujikawa and Braden Fujikawa. But there is very little information about his early life. His father, Ron, passed away in 2012 at the age of 62.
On his father’s side, Danny has Asian-American ancestry. His father and grandparents are from Japan, but the ethnicity of his mother is unclear.
His grandfather, and Ron’s father, Dr. Yoshihiko Fujikawa is one of the first Japanese-Americans to attend medical school in the United States.
Fun fact, he is also related to the Foster family. His father was in a relationship with Rebecca Dyer, or Rebecca Foster. Rebecca had three daughters previously with musician David Foster, Erin Foster, Sara Foster, and Jordan Foster.
After completing high school, Danny decided to move to the east coast to attend New York University. There, he studied recorded music from 2004 to 2006, yet, decided to drop out after two years. Instead, he chose to travel the world and form a band.
Danny Fujikawa formed the band Chief as the lead singer and guitarist. The band also featured his brother Michael Fujikawa and friends Evan Koga and Mike Moonves. As a band, they released an EP called The Castle is Gone in 2009, and a debut album, Modern Rituals in 2010. After that, they split up in 2011.
And while he is not a professional actor, he has done some acting. He was in the music video for Stuck With U by Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber.
Kate And Danny’s Relationship
The reason why Ron Fujikawa is in the news is because of his link to Kate Hudson. Sadly, he never got to meet his daughter-in-law. Ron passed away in 2012, four years before Danny and Kate had their first date.
The two met when she was 23 years old through her best friends, Sara Foster and Erin Foster. Sara and Erin are Danny’s stepsisters.
In April 2018, Kate and Danny announced they were expecting their first child. Their daughter Rani was born in October 2018. She was named after Ron Fujikawa, her grandfather.
Kate and Danny got engaged on September 13, 2021. Eventually, they will tie the knot. But as of May 2023, they are yet to get married.
Speaking about her love life, she said this in 2020, “I don’t have a very traditional setup. And I have to say, I have zero regrets in my life. I’ve never defined myself through the way that a man sees me. But I can define myself in the unit that we can create together”.
As for Danny, she said, “He makes me feel beautiful every single moment of the day, even when we have fought. I still feel loved. His devotion to the family unit makes me feel safe and confident and secure”.
Born Ronald Ken Fujikawa in January 1961 in Los Angeles to Alice Mae Aoki and Yoshihiko Fred Fujikawa, Ron was an American with Japanese heritage.
He was the third child of Alice, a pianist, and epicurean, and Dr. Yoshihiko, a thoracic surgeon.
Ron, along with his brother Denny and his sister Carol grew up in Long Beach California.
He attended Wilson High School and then continued his education at Stanford University. There, he played on both the varsity football and baseball teams.
In 2002, he got married to Rebecca Dryer, and the couple remained together until his demise in 2012. Rebecca has not publicly dated anyone since then. She is an actress best known for her role in the movie The Making.
Before Ron, Rebecca Foster was married to David Foster, a Canadian musician and composer. They have three daughters together, Sara, Erin, and Jordan.
Kate Hudson Thanking Her Father in Law
In 2020, Kate posted a picture on her social media handle to thank Ron for everything he has done for the family.
In the Instagram post, she wrote, “8 years ago today our Rani Rose’s Grandpa Ron Fujikawa passed to the other side ✨ He was one great man. Loved by many and known most for how deeply he loved his three step daughters and three gorgeous Fujikawa sons. I was lucky enough to know my man’s dad and let me tell you, he never missed a party at my house! So every time we celebrate anything, there’s always a space for Grandpa cause we know he’s still having the best time! Wish you were here in person today Ron. We all miss you. Lighting a candle for him tonight and sharing the love to all those who miss the ones they wish were still with us”.