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Minoru Chiaki Poster

Biography

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Overview (4)

Born in Hokkaido, Japan (some sources say 28 April 1917)
Died in Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan  (acute respiratory and coronary failure)
Birth NameKatsuharu Sasaki
Height 5' 11½" (1.82 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 World War, he served as director of the Bara-Za theatre company. Director Akira Kurosawa saw Chiaki in a stage production of the play "Dataii" (from which Kurosawa would later adapt for: The Quiet Duel (1949) ) and advised him to enter films. Chiaki became a favorite of the great director, who cast him in Stray Dog (1949) and nearly a dozen other films. Chiaki was notable as the good-natured Heihachi in Seven Samurai (1954) and as the comic deserter Tahei in _Kakushi toride no san akunin (1958)_. In 1975, Chiaki suffered a stroke. He recovered and in 1985 won Japan Academy Award for Best Actor in Hana ichimonme (1985). The last survivor of Kurosawa's Seven Samurai title players, Chiaki died of coronary and pulmonary failure in 1999.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Spouse (1)

Fumie ? (? - 1 November 1999) ( his death) ( 3 children)

Trade Mark (1)

His baby face and large front teeth.

Trivia (4)

Chiaki had three sons.
Father of actor Katsuhiko Sasaki.
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.
He was one of Akira Kurosawa's favorite actors, having appeared in 10 films made by the legendary director.

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