Ken Takakura (1931–2014)


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Ken Takakura was a Japanese actor best known for his brooding style and the stoic, honorable presence he brought to his roles. Known as the "Clint Eastwood" of Japan, Takakura gained his streetwise swagger and tough guy persona watching yakuza turf battles over the lucrative black market and racketeering in postwar Fukuoka. This subject was covered... See full bio »

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(age 83) in Tokyo, Japan

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Known For

Black Rain Masahiro
(1989)
Railroad Man Otomatsu Sato
(1999)
The Yellow Handkerchief Yûsaku Shima
(1977)
Hakkodasan Captain Tokushima
(1977)

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 2012 Dearest
Eiji Kurashima
 2005 Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles
Gou-ichi Takata
 2001 The Firefly
Yamaoka Shûji
 1999 Railroad Man
Otomatsu Sato
 1995 Keiji hebi ni yokogirareru (TV Movie)
 1994 47 Ronin
Kuranosuke Ôishi
 1992 Mr. Baseball
Uchiyama
 1992 Chiroru no banka (TV Series)
 1989 Buddies
Kadokura
 1989 Black Rain
Masahiro
 1988 Umi e
 1985 Yasha
Shuji
 1983 Izakaya Chôji
Eiji
 1983 Antarctica
Akira Ushioda
 1982 Kaikyô
Go Akutsu
 1982 Keiji monogatari
Detective Mikami
 1981 Station
Eiji Mikami
 1980 A Distant Cry from Spring
Kôsaku Tajima
 1980 Dôran
Keisuke Miyagi
 1978 Never Give Up
Takeshi Ajisawa
 1978 Winter's Flower
Hidetsugu Kano
 1977 Aniki (TV Series)
Eiji
 1977 The Yellow Handkerchief
Yûsaku Shima
 1977 Hakkodasan
Captain Tokushima
 1976 Manhunt
Morioka
 1975 Kobe Kokusai Gang
Masato Dan
 1975 Bullet Train
Tetsuo Okita
 1975 Great Jailbreak
Ichiro Kozue
 1975 Nihon ninkyo-do: gekitotsu-hen
Ichizo Ryuzaki
 1974 The Yakuza
Tanaka Ken
 1974 The Homeless
Joukichi
 1973 Golgo 13
Duke Togo / Golgo 13
 1973 Gendai ninkyô-shi
Ryoichi Shimaya
 1971 Gorotsuki mushuku
Isamu Tekada
 1970 Too Late the Hero
Maj. Yamaguchi
 1969 Bakuto mujô
 1969 Nihon kyokaku-den: hana to ryu
Tamai Kingoro
 1968 Shin Abashiri Bangaichi
Katsuji Suematsu
 1968 Gion matsuri
 1968 Gorotsuki
 1968 Red Peony Gambler
Shogo Hanaoka
 1968 The Drifting Avenger
Ken Kato
 1967 Âa dôki no sakura
First Lieutenant Kenmochi
 1967 Abashiri Bangaichi: Aku eno Chôsen
Shin-ichi Tachibana
 1967 Abashiri bangaichi: Fubuki no tôsô
Shin-ichiTachibana
 1967 Abashiri bangaichi: Kettô reika 30 do
Shin-ichi Tachibana
 1966 Jigoku no okite ni asu wa nai
Ichiro Takita
 1965 Abashiri bangaichi: Hokkai hen
Shin'ichi Tachibana
 1965 Brutal Tales of Chivalry
Seiji Terajima
 1965 Zoku Abashiri bangaichi
Shinichi Tachibana
 1965 Abashiri Bangaichi
Shinichi Tsukibana
 1965 A Fugitive from the Past
Ajimura
 1965 Kaoyaku
Kyôichi Hayami
 1964 Ôkami to buta to ningen
Jirô, second brother
 1964 Nihon kyôkaku-den
Chokichi
 1964 Ankokugai Main Street
Tetsuya Shinobu
 1964 An Outlaw
Minami
 1964 Jakoman to Tetsu
Tetsu
 1963 Bôryoku gai
 1963 Bôsu o tosê
 1963 Kyôkatsu
 1963 Ankokugai saidai no kettô
Shimpei Matsuoka
 1963 Tokyo aantachibiru: dasso
Yoshio Harada
 1962 Lady Sen and Hideyori
Naomori
 1962 Tôkyô antatchaburu
Yoshio Harada
 1962 365 Nights
 1962 The Escape
 1961 The Devil's Ballad
Kindaichi Kôsuke
 1961 Mannen Tarô to anego shain
Tarô Mannen
 1961 Tenka no Kaidanji Senpû Tarô
Tarô Senpû
 1960 Tenka no Kaidanji Tosshin Tarô
Tarô Tosshin
 1960 Ôinaru tabiji
Kozo's second son
 1958 The Outsiders
Ichitaro Kazamori
 1957 The Deep Blue Sea
Kenji Hamada
 1957 Tajobushin
 1956 Yûhi to kenjû
Shintarô
 1956 Nippon G-men
 1956 Bonbon ganbaru (TV Series)
 1956 Choppu sensei
 1956 Denkô karate uchi
Yusaku shinobu
 1956 Denkô ryûsei karate uchi
Yusaku shinobu
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Height:

5' 10¾" (1.8 m)
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Known as "The Japanese Clint Eastwood."

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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