Shin'ichi Chiba (1939–2021)


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Sonny Chiba was born as Sadao Maeda in Fukuoka, Japan on January 22, 1939. His father was a military test pilot. During his youth, he had an interest in both theater & gymnastics. He was talented enough to make the Japanese Olympic Team until a chronic back injury ended his career. However, he took a strong interest in karate under the guidance of... See full bio »

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(age 82) in Kisarazu, Japan

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Known For

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Hattori Hanzo
(2003)
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 Hattori Hanzo
(2004)
Yagyu Clan Conspiracy Yagyû Jûbê
(1978)

Filmography

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 2018 Shakespeare in Tokyo (Short)
Calligrapher (as JJ Sonny Chiba)
 2015 Take a Chance
Musashi (as Sonny Chiba)
 2015 Biohazard the Stage (Video)
Ezra Sennett
 2015 April Fools
 2014 Owakon TV (TV Mini Series)
- Episode #1.8 (2014)
- Episode #1.7 (2014)
- Episode #1.6 (2014)
- Episode #1.5 (2014)
- Episode #1.4 (2014)
 2014 Kabukichô High School (as Sonny Chiba)
 2013 Ninja Theory (Short) (as Sonny Chiba)
 2012 Sushi Girl
Sushi Chef (as Sonny Chiba)
 2011 Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair
Hattori Hanzo (as Sonny Chiba)
 2009 Sennen no matsu (Video) (as Sonny Chiba)
 2007 Oyaji (as Sonny Chiba)
 2007 The Trusted Confidant (TV Series)
Itagaki Nobukata
- Ryôyû shisu / Death of Two Great Men (2007) ... Itagaki Nobukata
- Saikyô no teki / The Strongest Enemy (2007) ... Itagaki Nobukata
- Nigai shôri / A Painful Victory (2007) ... Itagaki Nobukata
- Hijô no okite / A Cruel Law (2007) ... Itagaki Nobukata
 2006 Legend of Seven Monks
Genryuu a bonze (as Sonny Chiba)
 2006 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
Uncle Kamata (as Sonny Chiba)
 2006 The Winds of God: Kamikaze
Oota air captain (as Sonny Chiba)
 2005 Astro kyûdan (TV Mini Series)
 2004 Feng yun zheng ba (TV Series)
Dong-Fang Qing-Mu / Dong-Fang Qing-Shi
 2004 Explosive City
Otosan (as Sonny Chiba)
 2004 Survive Style 5+
Kazama - Advertising Company President (as Sonny Chiba)
 2004 Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Hattori Hanzo (as Sonny Chiba)
 2003 Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Hattori Hanzo (as Sonny Chiba)
 2003 Battle Royale II
Makio Mimura (Shinji's revolutionary uncle) (as Sonny Chiba)
 2002 Wind and Cloud (TV Series)
Xiong Ba (as Sonny Chiba)
 2002 Violent Fire (as Sonny Chiba)
 2001 Dekichatta kekkon (TV Series)
Ittetsu Kotani
- Episode #1.11 (2001) ... Ittetsu Kotani
- Episode #1.10 (2001) ... Ittetsu Kotani
- Episode #1.9 (2001) ... Ittetsu Kotani
- Episode #1.8 (2001) ... Ittetsu Kotani
- Episode #1.7 (2001) ... Ittetsu Kotani
 2001 Akumyô (as Sonny Chiba)
 2000 Hakata Movie: Chinchiromai (as Sonny Chiba)
 2000 Born to Be King
Isako Kusaraki (as Sonny Chiba)
 2000 Xiao Li fei dao zi Fei dao wai chuan
Dagger (as Sonny Chiba)
 1998 The Storm Riders
Lord Conqueror / Hung Baa (as Sonny Chiba)
 1997 Terayoka yume shinan (TV Series) (as Sonny Chiba)
 1996 Seiryû densetsu (TV Series) (as Sonny Chiba)
 1995 Body Count
Makato (as Sonny Chiba)
 1994 Resort to Kill
Jiro 'J.J.' Jintani (as Sonny 'J. J.'Chiba)
 1992 Fighting Fist
The Superintendent (as Sonny Chiba)
 1992 The Triple Cross
Shiba (as Sonny Chiba)
 1992 Tokugawa Buraichô (TV Series) (as Sonny Chiba)
 1992 Aces: Iron Eagle III
Horikoshi (as Sonny Chiba)
 1992 Oda Nobunaga (TV Movie) (as Sonny Chiba)
 1991 Mine Field (as Sonny Chiba)
 1991 Gokudô sensô: Butôha (as Sonny Chiba)
 1990 Jushichinin no ninja (TV Movie) (as Sonny Chiba)
 1990 Minamoto Yoshitsune (TV Mini Series)
 1990 Shingo juuban shoubu (TV Movie)
Umei Tamon (as Sonny Chiba)
 1990 Takeda Shingen (TV Mini Series)
Takeda Nobutora (as Sonny Chiba)
 1989 Iemitsu, Hikoza and Isshin Tasuke (TV Movie) (as Sonny Chiba)
 1989 The School (as Sonny Chiba)
 1989 Shôgun Iemitsu no ranshin - Gekitotsu
Iba Shoemon (as Sonny Chiba)
 1988 Tian xia (TV Series)
Lord Conquerer (as Sonny Chiba)
 1987 Tabi shoujo (TV Series) (as Sonny Chiba)
 1987 Taikoki (TV Movie)
Akechi Mitsuhide (as Sonny Chiba)
 1987 Tomorrow's Snow (TV Movie) (as Sonny Chiba)
 1987 Sure Death Revenge
Bunshichi (as Sonny Chiba)
 1986 Cabaret
Yakuza boss (as Sonny Chiba)
 1985 Kage no Gundan: Bakumatsu hen (TV Series)
Hattori Hanzo XV (1985) (as Sonny Chiba)
 1985 The Last True Yakuza
Ryozo Kano (as Sonny Chiba)
 1985 Space Sheriff Shaider (TV Series)
Voicer
- Sannin no Uchu Keiji: Gyaban, Shariban, Shaida Daishuno! (1985) ... Voicer (as Sonny Chiba)
 1984 Space Cop Shaider: Pursuit! Shigi Shigi Abduction Plan
Space Sheriff Voicer (as Sonny Chiba)
 1984 Kotaro makari-toru! (as Sonny Chiba)
 1983 Shogun's ninja (as Sonny Chiba)
 1983 Legend of the Eight Samurai
Inuyama Dosetsu Tadatomo (as Sonny Chiba)
 1983 Kabamaru the Ninja
Saizo (as Sonny Chiba)
 1983 Space Sheriff Sharivan (TV Series)
Space Sheriff Voicer
- Uminari no Shikake Shima (1983) ... Space Sheriff Voicer (as Sonny Chiba)
 1982-1983 Space Sheriff Gavan (TV Series)
Space Sheriff Voicer
- The Head of Don Horror (1983) ... Space Sheriff Voicer (as Sonny Chiba)
- Retsu! Hurry! Father (1983) ... Space Sheriff Voicer (as Sonny Chiba)
- The Princess Who Became a Doll Listening to the Angel's Song (1982) ... Space Sheriff Voicer (as Sonny Chiba)
- Don Horror's Son Returns to Demonspace Castle (1982) ... Space Sheriff Voicer (as Sonny Chiba)
- Monica, the Witch Who Wanders the Dark Sea of Space (1982) ... Space Sheriff Voicer (as Sonny Chiba)
 1982 The Shadow Army 3 (TV Series) (as Sonny Chiba)
 1982 Death of a Ninja
Shinzaemon Yagyu (uncredited)
 1982 Yagyû Jûbei Abaretabi (TV Series)
Yagyû Jûbei
 1982 Fall Guy
Actor (as Sonny Chiba)
 1981 Bôkensha kamikaze
Daisuke Kamikaze (as Sonny Chiba)
 1981 Roaring Fire
Mr. Magic / Interpol Inspector (as Sonny Chiba)
 1981 The Bushido Blade
Prince Ido (as Sony Chiba)
 1981 Samurai Reincarnation
Jubei Yagyu (as Sonny Chiba)
 1980 Ninja bugeicho momochi sandayu
Shiranui Shogen (as Sonny Chiba)
 1980 Yagyû Abaretabi (TV Series)
Yagyû Jûbei
 1980 Virus: The End
Dr. Yamauchi (as Sonny Chiba)
 1980 Tokyo Daijishin Magnitude 8.1 (TV Movie)
 1980 Battles Without Honor and Humanity: The Complete Saga
Katsutoshi Otomo (as Sonny Chiba)
 1980 Shadow Warriors (TV Series)
Hattori Hanzô
- Tigers Sharpen Their Claws in a Storm (1980) ... Hattori Hanzô (as Sonny Chiba)
 1979 I Want To
Lt. Yoshiaki Iba (as Sonny Chiba)
 1979 The Resurrection of the Golden Wolf
Mitsuhiko Sakurai (as Sonny Chiba)
 1979 Hunter in the Dark
Samon Shimoguni (as Sonny Chiba)
 1979 Dead Angle
Yosuke Ota (as Sonny Chiba)
 1978 Okinawa jû-nen sensô (as Sonny Chiba)
 1978 The Fall of Ako Castle
Kazuemon Fuwa (as Sonny Chiba)
 1978 Yagyû ichizoku no inbô (TV Series)
Yagyu Jubei / Jûbê Yagyû
- The Beautiful Victim (1978) ... Yagyu Jubei
- The Assassination of the Shogun (1978) ... Jûbê Yagyû (as Sonny Chiba)
 1978 Message from Space
Prince Hans (as Sonny Chiba)
 1978 Yagyu Clan Conspiracy
Yagyû Jûbê (as Sonny Chiba)
 1977 The Visitor in the Eye
Drunk
 1977 Golgo 13: Assignment Kowloon
Duke Togo / Golgo 13 (as Sonny Chiba)
 1977 Torakku yarô: Dokyô ichibanboshi (as Sonny Chiba)
 1977 Doberman Cop
Joji Kano (as Sonny Chiba)
 1977 Nihon no jingi (as Sonny Chiba)
 1977 Karate for Life
Sensei Masutatsu Oyama (as Sonny Chiba)
 1977 Hokuriku dairi sensô (as Sonny Chiba)
 1977 Soul of Chiba
Mu Yun Tek (as Sonny Chiba)
 1977 Yakuza senso: Nihon no Don
Tsuneyoshi Sakota (as Sonny Chiba)
 1976 Okinawa Yakuza sensô
Seigou Kunigami (as Sonny Chiba)
 1976 Dasso yugi
Wataru Kangi (as Sonny Chiba)
 1976 Ragubî yarô
 1976 Karate Warriors
Shuhei Sakata (as Sonny Chiba)
 1976 Yokohama ankokugai mashingan no ryu
Nezu (as Sonny Chiba)
 1976 Sonny Chiba's Dragon Princess
Kazuma Higaki (as Sonny Chiba)
 1976 Daihijôsen (TV Series)
 1975 The Gorilla Seven (TV Series)
Daisuke Kazami (1975) (as Sonny Chiba)
 1975 The Killing Machine
Doshin So (as Sonny Chiba)
 1975 Karate Bear Fighter
Mas Oyama (as Sonny Chiba)
 1975 The Defensive Power of Aikido (as Sonny Chiba)
 1975 The Boss's Head
Bartender
 1975 Moeru sôsamô (TV Series)
 1975 Bakuhatsu! Boso zoku
Tsugami (as Sonny Chiba)
 1975 Karate Bullfighter
Sensei Masutatsu Oyama (as Sonny Chiba)
 1975 Bullet Train
Aoki (as Sonny Chiba)
 1975 Wolf Guy
Akira Inugami (as Sonny Chiba)
 1975 13 Steps of Maki: The Young Aristocrats
Kenichi Hyuga (as Sonny Chiba)
 1974 Karate Inferno
Ryuichi Koga (as Sonny Chiba)
 1974 The Streetfighter's Last Revenge
Takuma Tsurugi (as Sonny Chiba)
 1974 Sister Street Fighter
Seiichi Hibiki (as Sonny Chiba)
 1974 Chokugeki! Jigoku-ken
Ryuichi Koga (as Sonny Chiba)
 1974 Return of the Street Fighter
Takuma Tsurugi (as Sonny Chiba)
 1974 Za bodigaado (TV Series)
 1974 The Street Fighter
Takuma Tsurugi (Terry) (as Sonny Chiba)
 1973 Bodigaado Kiba: Hissatsu sankaku tobi
Naoto Kiba (as Sonny Chiba)
 1973 Gendai onibabakô: Satsu ai (TV Movie)
 1973 Tokyo-Seoul-Bangkok (as Sonny Chiba)
 1973 Bodigaado Kiba
Kiba / Chiba (as Sonny Chiba)
 1973 Hiroshima Death Match
Katsutoshi Otomo (as Sonny Chiba)
 1973 Robot Detective (TV Series)
- Badô no Satsujin Sêrusuman (1973) ... (as Sonny Chiba)
 1972 The Horrible Obsessions
Kikuchi (as Sonny Chiba)
 1972 Ôkami yakuza: Tomurai ha ore ga dasu (as Sonny Chiba)
 1972 Wandering Ginza Butterfly 2: She-Cat Gambler
Ryûji (as Sonny Chiba)
 1972 A Narcotics Agent's Ballad
Kikuchi (as Sonny Chiba)
 1972 Ôkami yakuza: Koroshi wa ore ga yaru
Gosuke Himuro (as Sonny Chiba)
 1971 Keiji kun (TV Series) (as Sonny Chiba)
 1971 Yakuza deka: Oretachi ni haka wa nai
Shiro Hayata (as Sonny Chiba)
 1971 Yakuza deka: Kyofu no doku gasu
Shiro Hayata (as Sonny Chiba)
 1970 Saigo no tokkôtai (as Sonny Chiba)
 1970 The Assassin
Hayata (as Sonny Chiba)
 1970 Gangster Cop
Hayata Shiro (as Sonny Chiba)
 1969 Kii Hantâ (TV Series) (as Sonny Chiba)
 1969 Nihon ansatsu hiroku
Tadashi Onuma (as Sonny Chiba)
 1969 Jûdô itchokusen (TV Series) (as Sonny Chiba)
 1969 Furyô banchô: Inoshika Ochô (as Sonny Chiba)
 1968 Ah, Yokaren
Second Sub-lieutenant Kodama (as Sonny Chiba)
 1968 Army Intelligence 33
Kazuo Yamamoto (as Sonny Chiba)
 1968 Ah kaiten tokubetsu kogetikai
Takiguchi (as Sonny Chiba)
 1967 North Sea Chivalry (as Sonny Chiba)
 1967 Zoku rokyoku komori uta (as Sonny Chiba)
 1967 Tale of Kawachi Chivalry
Komakichi Sugimoto (as Sonny Chiba)
 1967 Game of Chance 3 (as Sonny Chiba)
 1967 King of the Gang (as Sonny Chiba)
 1967 Âa dôki no sakura
Second Sublieutenant Hanzawa (as Sonny Chiba)
 1967 Soshiki bôryoku (as Sonny Chiba)
 1966 Abashiri Bangaichi: Nangoku no Taiketsu (as Sonny Chiba)
 1966 The Golden Bat
Dr. Yamatone (as Sonny Chiba)
 1966 Agent X-2: Operation Underwater
Ken Abe (as Sonny Chiba)
 1966 Kamikaze yarô (as Sonny Chiba)
 1966 Yoru no mesuinu (as Sonny Chiba)
 1965 Abashiri bangaichi: Hokkai hen (as Sonny Chiba)
 1965 Game of Chance (as Sonny Chiba)
 1965 Kurayami go-dan (TV Series) (as Sonny Chiba)
 1965 Buraikan jingi
Soichi Jinnai (as Sonny Chiba)
 1965 Yakuza G-men: Meiji ankokugai (as Sonny Chiba)
 1965 The Runaway
 1965 Nippon dorobô monogatari
Lawyer Ohki (as Sonny Chiba)
 1965 Ooi, kumo!
 1965 Ano kumo ni utaô (as Sonny Chiba)
 1964 Judo ichidai: kôdokan no ôni (as Sonny Chiba)
 1964 Kansêi chika sôshiki (as Sonny Chiba)
 1964 Ryu ko ichidai (as Sonny Chiba)
 1964 Kimitachi ga ite boku ga ita
Makoto Yabuki (as Sonny Chiba)
 1964 Zoku Tokyo antachaburu (as Sonny Chiba)
 1964 Jigokû meirei (as Sonny Chiba)
 1963 Bôryoku gai (as Sonny Chiba)
 1963 Judo ichidai (as Sonny Chiba)
 1963 Waga kyôkatsu no jinsei (as Sonny Chiba)
 1963 Yakuza no uta (as Sonny Chiba)
 1963 Gyangu Chûshingura (as Sonny Chiba)
 1963 Kaigun
 1963 Asakusa no kyôkaku (as Sonny Chiba)
 1963 Tokubetsu kidô sôsatai: Tokyo eki ni harikome
Naito (as Sonny Chiba)
 1963 Tokubetsu kidô sôsatai
Naito (as Sonny Chiba)
 1963 Jirocho shacho to Ishimatsu shacho (as Sonny Chiba)
 1962 JNR Inspector No. 36 (TV Series) (as Sonny Chiba)
 1962 Ôsho
Mouri (as Sonny Chiba)
 1962 Gyangu tai G-men (as Sonny Chiba)
 1962 Sanroku
 1962 Koi to Taiyo to Gang
Helicopter Pilot (as Sonny Chiba)
 1962 The Escape
 1962 Minami taiheiyô nami takashi (as Sonny Chiba)
 1961 Keishichô monogatari: jûni-nin no keiji
Detective Nakagawa (as Sonny Chiba)
 1961 Man with the Funky Hat
Ichiro (as Sonny Chiba)
 1961 Invasion of the Neptune Men
Shinichi Tachibana / Iron-Sharp (as Sonny Chiba)
 1961 Fûraibô tantei: Akai tani no sangeki
Gorô Saionji (as Sonny Chiba)
 1961 Keishichô monogatari: 15 sai no onna (as Sonny Chiba)
 1961 Keishichô monogatari: Fuzai shômei (as Sonny Chiba)
 1960 Arâ no shisha (TV Series) (as Sonny Chiba)
 1959 Nana-iro kamen (TV Series)
Kotarô Ran / Spectrum Mask (Chapters 5-7; Episodes 32-57) (as Sonny Chiba)
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Alternate Names:

JJ Sonny Chiba | Sonny Chiba | Sony Chiba | Sonny 'J. J.'Chiba

Height:

5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Spouse:

Tamami  (divorced)  (2 children) | See more »

Children:

Juri Manase | See more »

Relatives:

Jirô Yabuki (sibling)
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Personal Quote:

An actor's body should be full of emotions, whether it is happiness or sorrow, pain or joy, enraged or elated. You have to express yourself with your whole body. Japanese actors don't normally do this. What I'm doing as an action star is what every actor should be doing. Action is drama. If we cannot make the audience laugh, smile or cry with us, we are not actors. That may be idealistic--but ... See more »

Trivia:

He died from COVID-19 in the worldwide pandemic. Oddly, he had previously appeared in the film Virus: The End (1980) which was about a pandemic (albeit, the virus depicted was deadlier then covid). See more »

Trademark:

The X-ray Punch featured in the Japanese cult-film "The Street Fighter" (1974) and the Hong Kong martial arts film "The Storm Riders" (1998). An homage to this infamous scene is also featured in a fight scene between Jet Li and Russell Wong at the climax of "Romeo Must Die" (2000).

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Star Sign:

Aquarius

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