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Minoru Chiaki (1917–1999)


Japanese character actor equally adept at comic or seriously unsavory roles. Chiaki graduated from the University of Chuo with degrees in economics and commerce, but almost immediately found that his interest lay more with the theatre. In 1937, he began to study with the Shin-Tsukiji Gekidan ("The New Tsukiji Theatre Troupe"). During the Second ... See full bio »

Died:

(age 82) in Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan

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Known For

Seven Samurai
Seven Samurai Heihachi
(1954)
Rashômon
Rashômon Priest
(1950)
The Hidden Fortress
(1958)
Ikiru
Ikiru Noguchi
(1952)

Filmography

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 1987 Don Matsugorô no daibôken
Amenomori Seikai
 1985 Hana ichimonme
Fuyukichi Takano
 1970 Yoru no isoginchaku
Pastor
 1970 Dokushin no Scat (TV Mini-Series)
Nakanishi
 1969 Inu to Asachan (TV Series)
 1967 Sei no kigen
Girl's father
 1967 Ai no Sanka
The Ship-master
 1966 Umi no koto
Kidayu Momose
 1966 Tanin no kao
Apartment Superintendent
 1965 Hiya-meshi to Osan to Chan
Nakagawa (episode 1)
 1965 Shirotori
Sanai
 1965 Hikaru umi (TV Series)
Shôzaburô Yazaki
 1964 Kono sora no aru kagiri
Ryûtarô Nogami
 1964 Samé
Shirosa
 1964 The Body
Sasaki
 1963 Rojingai no kaoyaku
Fujimura Genzaemon
 1963 Gobanchô yûgirirô
Takematsu
 1963 High and Low
First Reporter
 1962 Chiisakobe
Dairoku
 1962 The Inheritance
Junichi Fujii
 1961 Hadakakko
Sandwich man
 1960 Yatarô gasa
Kichitaro
 1960 Zoku shinran
 1960 Shirakoya Komako
Matashirô
 1960 Shinran
Seizenbo
 1960 Case of a Young Lord 8
Sasajima Toshizo
 1959/II The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity
Onodera Heichô
 1959 Anyakôro
Nobuyuki Tokito
 1959 Sengoku gunto-den
Jibu
 1958 Hana no bojô
Fukuzô Yanami
 1958 Anzukko
Saburo Yoshida
 1958 Futari dake no hashi
Kaikichi Ishida
 1957 Hadairo no tsuki
Umekichi Ishikura
 1957 The Lower Depths
Tonosama - the former Samurai
 1957 Tôhoku no zunmu-tachi
Tasuke
 1957 Sanjûrokunin no jôkyaku
Motohashi - Drug Salesman
 1957 Ujô
Kenkichi Tanabe
 1956 Narazu-mono
Sobei
 1956 A Wife's Heart
Zenichi
 1956 Kyûketsu-ga
Sango Kawase
 1956 Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island
Sasuke the boatman
 1955 Ikimono no kiroku
Jiro Nakajima
 1955 Kaettekita wakadan'na
Igarashi
 1955 Ryanko no Yatarô
Gozematsu
 1954 Saizansu nitôryû
Kojirô Sasaki / Daijirô - His son / Danjûrô - Travelling actor
 1954 Kakute yume ari
Sensuke Nasu
 1954 Shunkin monogatari
Teizo
 1952 Ikiru
Noguchi
 1952 Kyô wa kaisha no gekkyûbi
Chief of General Affairs
 1952 Bijo to touzoku
Takeichi no Takamaru
 1951 The Idiot
Mutsuo Kayama, the secretary
 1951 Koi no Oranda-zaka
Suekichi
 1950 Nanairo no hana
Tahei Izumi
 1950 Rashômon
Priest
 1949 Stray Dog
Girlie Show director
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Personal Details

Height:

5' 11½" (1.82 m)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:

He was the last surviving star of Seven Samurai (1954). Ironically, his character (Heihachi Hayashida) was the first of the seven samurai killed in the film. See more »

Trademark:

His baby face and large front teeth.

Star Sign:

Leo

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