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Takashi Shimura (1905–1982)


Japanese character actor Takashi Shimura was one of the finest film actors of the 20th century and a leading member of the "stock company" of master director Akira Kurosawa. A native of southern Japan, Shimura was a descendant of the samurai warrior class. Following university training, he founded a theatre company, Shichigatsu-za ("July Theatre")... See full bio »

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(age 76) in Tokyo, Japan

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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Filmography

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 1980 Kagemusha
Gyobu Taguchi
 1980 A un (TV Series)
Hatsutaro Mizuta
- Yajirobee (1980) ... Hatsutaro Mizuta
- Ao ringo (1980) ... Hatsutaro Mizuta
- Chou chou (1980) ... Hatsutaro Mizuta
- Komainu (1980) ... Hatsutaro Mizuta
 1980 Dôran
Kosuke Miyagi
 1978 Talk of the Town Tora-san
Hiroshi's Father
 1978 Love and Faith
Sen Rikyu
 1977 Godzilla
Dr. Yamane
 1975 Hissatsu shiokiya kagyô (TV Series)
Bugyô Torii
- Ippitsu keijô meimu ga mieta (1975) ... Bugyô Torii
 1975 The Bullet Train
JNR President
 1974 Nosutoradamusu no daiyogen
Pediatrician
 1974 Ranru no hata
Shihei Furukawa
 1974 The Family
Yasuda - Makiko's father
 1973 Tasukenin hashiru (TV Series)
Tatewaki Ôtawara
- Adauchi dai satsujin (1973) ... Tatewaki Ôtawara
 1973 Zatoichi's Conspiracy
Sakubei
 1973 Dokkoi daisaku (TV Series)
Jinpei
 1971 Tora-san's Love Call
Hyouichiro Suwa (Hiroshi's father)
 1971 Yomigaeru daichi
Gondo
 1970 Gekido no showashi 'Gunbatsu'
Editor (uncredited)
 1969 Am I Trying
Hyôichirô Suwa
 1969 Otoko janaika (TV Series)
 1968 Sangyo supai
 1968 Gion matsuri
Tsuneemon
 1968 Zatoichi and the Fugitives
Dr. Junan
 1968 The Bride from Hades
Fortune Teller
 1968 The Sands of Kurobe
Ashimura
 1967 Kaze (TV Series)
 1967 Japan's Longest Day
Information Bureau Director Hiroshi Shimomura
 1966 Zesshô
Sôbei Sonoda
 1966 Kaerazeru hatoba
Detective Egusa
 1966 Shurushuru (TV Movie)
 1965 Buraikan jingi
Genkichi Jinnai
 1965 Frankenstein Conquers the World
Axis Scientist
 1965 Taiheiyô kiseki no sakusen: Kisuka
Military Command president
 1965 Sanshiro Sugata
Mishima
 1965 Red Beard
Tokubei Izumiya
 1965 Samurai Assassin
Narihisa Ichijô
 1964 Ghost Stories
Head priest (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
 1964 Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
Dr. Tsukamoto
 1964 Brand of Evil
Tsukamoto, manager
 1963 Tsukiyo no wataridori
Nagisa yo yuki jo
 1963 The Lost World of Sinbad
King Raksha
 1963 Attack Squadron!
Admiral
 1962 47 Samurai
Hyôbu Chisaka
 1962 Kujira gami
 1962 Gorath
Kensuke Sonoda - Paleontologist
 1962 Sanjuro
Kurofuji
 1961 Mothra
News Editor
 1961 Ai to honoho to
Yoshii
 1961 Yojimbo
Tokuemon - Sake Brewer
 1961 Zoku sararîman Chûshingura
Honzo Kadokawa
 1961 Harekosode
 1961 Daredevil in the Castle
Katagiri
 1960 Sararîman Chûshingura
Honzo Kadokawa
 1960 Otoko tai otoko
Chotaro Masue
 1959 Sora kakeru hanayome
Shichibei
 1959 Nippon tanjô
Elder Kumaso
 1959 Kagero ezu
Ryoan
 1959 Sengoku gunto-den
Saemon Toki
 1959 Taiyô ni somuku mono
Ichikawa - detective
 1958 Point and Line
Kasai
 1958 The Loyal 47 Ronin
Jûbei Ôtake
 1958 Nichiren to moko daishurai
Yasaburô
 1957 Dotanba
 1957 Yuunagi
Yasunori Igawa
 1957 Kiken na eiyu
 1957 Untamed Woman
 1957 Sanjûrokunin no jôkyaku
Yamagami - Detective
 1956 Narazu-mono
Juzo
 1956 Ankokugai
Tsunejiro Furuya
 1956 Kyatsu o nigasuna
Nagasawa
 1956 Young Tree
Hanako's Father
 1956 Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island
Sado Nagaoka the court official
 1955 I Live in Fear
Domestic Court Counselor Dr. Harada
 1955 Sugata naki mokugekisha
Insepctor Kasai
 1955 Otoko arite
'Sparrows' Coach Shimamura
 1955 Love Never Fails
Nobuo's father
 1955 Mekura neko
 1954 Bazoku geisha
Kotaro Yamabe
 1954 Asakusa no yoru
Komazo
 1953 Operation Kamikaze
Colonel A, staff officer of the army
 1953 Yoru no owari
Yoshikawa
 1953 Hoyo
Watanabe, alias Nabesan
 1952 Minato e kita otoko
Okabe
 1952 Oka wa hanazakari
Kenkichi Kimura
 1952 Bijo to touzoku
Yoshimichi
 1952 Sengoku burai
 1952 Saikaku ichidai onna
Old Man
 1952 Foghorn
 1951 Bakurô ichidai
Rokutaro Kosaka
 1951 Mesu inu
Horie
 1951 Aoi shinju
 1951 The Idiot
Ono, Ayako's father
 1951 Elegy
 1950 Datsugoku
 1950 Angry Street
Kimiko's father
 1950 Scandal
Attorney Hiruta
 1950 Ma no ogon
 1950 Tenya wanya
 1949 Waltz at Noon
 1949 Jigoku no kifujin
Chief of Police
 1949 Onna no issho
 1948 Drunken Angel
Sanada
 1947 Spring Awakens
Kenzô Ogura
 1947 Snow Trail
Nojiro
 1947 Four Love Stories
Masao's father (episode 1)
 1946 No Regrets for Our Youth
Police Commissioner 'Poison Strawberry' Dokuichigo
 1946 Those Who Make Tomorrow
Theatre manager
 1944 Shibaidô
 1944 San-jaku sagohei
Yasukichi Ito
 1944 The Most Beautiful
Chief Goro Ishida
 1943 Kaigun
 1943 Himetaru kakugo
Ryôkichi Ishikawa
 1943 Sanshiro Sugata
Hansuke Murai, Sayo's father
 1942 Hahakogusa
 1940 Oda Nobunaga
 1939 Tsubanari ronin
Sherikov
 1939 Oshidori utagassen
Kyosai Shimura
 1938 Mazô
 1938 Akagaki Genzô
Jôzaemon Sakaya
 1938 Shamisen yakuza
Heisuke
 1937 Chikemuri Takadanobaba
Takusan
 1937 Jiraiya
Gundayû Yao
 1936 Capricious Young Man
Taranoshin Tsunomata
 1936 Akagaki Genzô (Short)
 1936 Osaka Elegy
Inspector
 1935 Chuji uridasu
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5' 7¾" (1.72 m)
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One of the most versatile character actors in the world cinema, he believably played the weak, timid and elderly clerk Watanabe in Ikiru (1952). Then, also believably, two years later he played the powerful, tough and skillful samurai Shimada, the leader of the mercenary band, in Seven Samurai (1954). See more »

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