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5' 8½" (1.74 m)
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[on how he went from aspiring photographer to actor] After the War, I looked up my friend and asked if I could be a cameraman too. That's how I got to Toho. But Toho was on strike for most of three years, and lots of the acting stars went elsewhere. My friends submitted my resume and my photograph, unbeknownst to me.
Was present at the 1980 Golden Globe Awards, when Shogun
(1980) was competing. He drew out the winner for Best Dramatic Series from the envelope and said, "And the winner is...", which was all the English he knew.
Internationally associated almost solely with parts as samurai, both heroic and less so (despite many modern day parts in his time)