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Shintarô Katsu Poster

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Overview (5)

Born in Fukagawa, Tokyo, Japan
Died in Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan  (throat cancer)
Birth NameToshio Okumura
Nickname Katsu-shin
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Shintarô Katsu was born on November 29, 1931 in Fukagawa, Tokyo, Japan as Toshio Okumura. He was an actor and director, known for The Tale of Zatoichi (1962), Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970) and Shin zatô Ichi: Yabure! Tôjin-ken (1971). He was married to Tamao Nakamura. He died on June 21, 1997 in Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan.

Spouse (1)

Tamao Nakamura (5 March 1962 - 21 June 1997) (his death)

Trade Mark (1)

Was best remembered for portraying the blind samurai Zatoichi in more films than any other actor.

Trivia (8)

Son of Shamisen player Katsutôji Kineya
Father of actor Ryûtarô Gan
Pursued world-renowned geisha Mineko Iwasaki for three years before she agreed to enter a relationship with him. His extramarital affair with her continued for five years before she broke off the relationship after realizing she would always be second to his wife.
Played the character 'Zatoichi' in a total of 26 movies, from 1962-1989.
His father ran a music school.
Father of Masami Okumura.
As a child he had a blind shamisen instructor. This coincidence lead to his claiming the talent to play a blind swordsman who plays the shamisen in the Zatoichi series.

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