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Takeshi Kitano


Takeshi Kitano originally studied to become an engineer, but was thrown out of school for rebellious behavior. He learned comedy, singing and dancing from famed comedian Senzaburô Fukami. Working as a lift boy on a nightclub with such features as comic sketches and striptease dancing, Kitano saw his chance when a comedian suddenly fell ill, and he... See full bio »

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Known For

The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi
(2003)
Fireworks
Fireworks Yoshitaka Nishi
(1997)
Brother
Brother Aniki Yamamoto
(2000)
Kikujiro
Kikujiro Kikujiro
(1999)

Filmography

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 2016 Doctor X: Gekai Daimon Michiko Special (TV Movie)
Kantaro Kurosu (as Beat Takeshi)
 2015 Aka medaka (TV Movie)
Danshi
 2015 Mozu the Movie
Daruma
 2014 Kuroi fukuin (TV Movie)
Fujisawa
 2013 FNS 27 HRS Television 27 (TV Movie)
Don Kayakuda / Rokuro Uchida / Nô Ushida
 2012 Dearest
Teruo Sugino (as Bîto Takeshi)
 2010 Kenji Onijima Heihachirou (TV Series) (as Beat Takeshi)
- Episode #1.1 (2010) ... (as Beat Takeshi)
 2010 Kikoku (TV Movie)
 2010 Outrage
Ôtomo (as Beat Takeshi)
 2009 Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari kôen mae hashutsujo (TV Series)
Kitano
- Episode #1.1 (2009) ... Kitano (as Beat Takeshi)
 2008 Achilles and the Tortoise
Machisu Kuramochi
 2008 The Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit
Take Monster (voice, as Beat Takeshi)
 2007 Dots and Lines (TV Mini-Series)
Jûtarô Torikai (as Beat Takeshi)
 2007 Glory to the Filmmaker! (as Beat Takeshi)
 2007 To Each His Own Cinema
The projectionist (segment "Rencontre unique") (as Beat Takeshi)
 2007 Wada Akiko satsujin jiken (TV Movie)
 2005 Takeshis'
Beat Takeshi / Mr. Kitano (as Beat Takeshi)
 2004 Blood and Bones
Joon-pyong Kim
 2004 Izo (as 'Bîto' Takeshi)
 2003 The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi
Zatôichi / Ichi (as Beat Takeshi)
 2003 Battle Royale II
Kitano (as Beat Takeshi)
 2003 Musashi (TV Series)
Shinmen Munisai
 2002 Kichiku (TV Movie) (as Beat Takeshi)
 2001 Hyaku-nen no monogatari (TV Series)
 2000 Battle Royale
Kitano-sensei (as Bito Takeshi)
 2000/I Brother
Aniki Yamamoto (as 'Beat' Takeshi)
 1999 Gohatto
Captain Toshizo Hijikata (as 'Beat' Takeshi)
 1999 Kikujiro
Kikujiro (as Beat Takeshi)
 1998 Tokyo Eyes
Yakusa
 1997 Fireworks
Yoshitaka Nishi (as 'Beat' Takeshi)
 1995 The Five
Ichiro Kyoya (as Beat Takeshi)
 1995 Johnny Mnemonic
Takahashi (as Takeshi)
 1994 Getting Any?
Scientist
 1993 Kyôso tanjô
Daisuke Shiba
 1992 Erotic Liaisons
Okuyama
 1992 Dioxin from Fish!
Azuma (as Beat Takeshi)
 1991 Kimu no sensô (TV Movie)
 1990 Boiling Point
Uehara (as 'Beat' Takeshi)
 1990 Hoshi wo tsugu mono
Yama no ojichan
 1989 Violent Cop
Azuma (as Beat Takeshi)
 1988 Anego
Shoji Sugimoto, Hitman (as 'Beat' Takeshi)
 1986 Comic Magazine
Police (as Beat Takeshi)
 1986 Shimura Ken no Bakatonosama (TV Series)
 1985 Yasha
Yajima (as Beat Takeshi)
 1985 Kanashii kibun de joke
Hiroshi Igarashi (as Beat Takeshi)
 1983 Mosquito on the Tenth Floor
A man at a race horse track (as Beat Takeshi)
 1982 Keiji yoroshiku (TV Series)
 1981 Sukkari... sono ki de! (as Beat Takeshi)
 1981 Manon
Shinobu
 1981 Danpu wataridori
Police 1
 1981 Quiz!! Magazine '81 (TV Series)
Emcee - Himself
 1980 Makoto-chan
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Other Works:

He was the namesake and host of Takeshi's Castle, a silly 80s Japanese game show on which contestants are painfully eliminated through barely possible stunts and events, most taking place above pools of mud. It provides the archive footage that gets English voiceovers for the MXC TV series. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 5 Interviews | 8 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

'Beat' Takeshi | 'Bîto' Takeshi | Beat Takeshi | Bito Takeshi | Bîto Takeshi | Takeshi

Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I think my accident may have been a blessing in disguise. It put me in a totally different frame of mind. It made me feel good about doing comedy again. I'm very happy with the way things are going now. See more »

Trivia:

His Father's name was Kikujiro. Kitano admitted that his father spoke to him three times in his life. In 1979, Kitano's father passed away. In an rare interview, Kitano said that the last words of his father had been, "I'm sorry.". See more »

Trademark:

Frequently works alongside producer Masayuki Mori See more »

Nickname:

Take-chan

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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