Here are 9 famous actors from Japan were born in 1928:
Kiyoshi Atsumi (March 10, 1928 Taitō-August 4, 1996 Tokyo) also known as Yasuo Tadokoro, Tadokoro Yasuo, Atsumi Kiyoshi or 田所康雄 was a Japanese actor.
He is best known for his role as Tora-san in the long-running film series Otoko wa Tsurai yo (It's Tough Being a Man). Atsumi appeared in 48 films as Tora-san between 1969 and 1995, and the series set a Guinness World Record for the longest running film series with the same lead actor. Atsumi's portrayal of the hapless and kind-hearted Tora-san earned him numerous awards and the love of fans all over Japan. Outside of his work in the Tora-san series, Atsumi also had a successful career as a singer and comedian. He passed away in 1996 at the age of 68.
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Tamio Ōki (January 2, 1928 Tokyo Prefecture-) also known as Tamio Oki, 大木 多美男, Tamio Ohki, Tamio Ooki or Tomio Oki is a Japanese voice actor and actor.
He is best known for his roles as Doctor Hell in the anime series "Mazinger Z", and as the narrator in the anime film "Akira". Oki began his career as a stage actor and appeared in several theatrical productions before branching out into voice acting. He has lent his voice to numerous anime series and films, including "Space Battleship Yamato", "Ghost in the Shell", and "Lupin III". In addition to his work in voice acting, Oki has also had roles in live-action films and television dramas. He has received several awards for his voice acting, including the Best Supporting Actor award at the 3rd Seiyu Awards. Outside of his acting career, Oki is an accomplished calligrapher and has published several calligraphy books.
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Ryūji Saikachi (March 27, 1928 Tokyo Prefecture-) also known as Ryuji Saikachi, Saikachi Ryūji, Saikachi Ryuuji, Ryuuji Saikachi or Ryûji Kai is a Japanese actor and voice actor.
He began his career as a stage actor in 1949 and later transitioned into film and television. Saikachi's most well-known roles include the voice of Miyagi in the anime film Grave of the Fireflies and the character of Hassan in the film The Samurai I Loved. He appeared in over 80 TV dramas and films during his career and was widely recognized as one of Japan's most respected actors. In 2007, Saikachi was honored with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, for his contributions to the arts. He passed away on September 29, 2017 at the age of 89.
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Teiji Ōmiya (November 22, 1928 Hachioji-December 23, 1994) also known as Ōmiya Teiji or Teiji Oomiya was a Japanese actor and voice actor.
He was born in Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan in 1928 and began his acting career in the 1950s, appearing in over 100 films and television dramas. In addition to his work as an actor, Ōmiya was also a prolific voice actor, lending his voice to a number of popular anime series and films, including "Doraemon" and "Kamen Rider." He was known for his versatile range, able to voice both heroes and villains with equal skill. In 1984, he won the Best Supporting Actor Award at the Japan Academy Prize ceremony for his role in the film "Buddhist Statue's Adventure." Despite suffering from ill health in his later years, Ōmiya continued to work in the entertainment industry until his death in 1994 at the age of 66.
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Takahiro Tamura (August 31, 1928 Kyoto-May 16, 2006 Tokyo) a.k.a. Tamura Takahiro was a Japanese actor.
Born in Kyoto, Japan, Takahiro Tamura began his career in the film industry as an assistant director, before transitioning to acting in the 1950s. He quickly made a name for himself, becoming a popular leading man and appearing in over 150 films throughout his career.
Tamura was known for his versatility as an actor, easily transitioning between dramatic roles and comedic performances. He starred in several notable films including Yasujirō Ozu's "Tokyo Twilight" and Akira Kurosawa's "The Hidden Fortress".
In addition to his film work, Tamura also appeared on television, starring in the popular series "Kyojin no Hoshi" and "Kiteretsu Daihyakka". He received numerous accolades for his work, including the Best Actor award at the Mainichi Film Awards in 1957 and the Japan Academy Prize for Best Supporting Actor in 1986.
Takahiro Tamura passed away in 2006 at the age of 77, leaving behind a legacy as one of Japan's most beloved actors.
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Kei Sato (December 21, 1928 Aizuwakamatsu-May 2, 2010 Setagaya) a.k.a. Keinosuke Sato, Satō Kei, 佐藤慶 or Kei Satô was a Japanese actor and voice actor.
He was born in Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Sato was known for his versatile acting skills and appeared in over 100 films and television dramas throughout his career. He rose to prominence in the 1960s with his roles in films such as "The Human Condition" and "Pigs and Battleships". He also appeared in internationally acclaimed films such as "Kwaidan" and "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence". In addition to his work in film, Sato was also a prolific voice actor, lending his voice to numerous anime and video game characters. He was awarded the Medal with Purple Ribbon in 1993 and the Order of the Rising Sun, 4th Class, Gold Rays with Rosette in 2010 for his contributions to Japan's entertainment industry.
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Tatsumi Hijikata (March 9, 1928 Akita-January 21, 1986) also known as Hijikata Tatsumi, 土方 巽 or Hijikata was a Japanese actor.
Sorry for the earlier mistake, Tatsumi Hijikata was not an actor but a prominent Japanese dance choreographer and founder of the dance form known as butoh.
Tatsumi Hijikata (March 9, 1928 Akita-January 21, 1986) also known as Hijikata Tatsumi, 土方 巽 was a celebrated Japanese dancer and choreographer. He is widely regarded as the founder of the experimental dance form known as butoh, which is characterized by its dark, surreal, and often grotesque style. Born in Akita, Japan, Hijikata moved to Tokyo in the 1950s, where he became involved in the city's avant-garde art scene. In the late 1950s, he began to develop his unique style of dance, which combined elements of traditional Japanese dance, modern dance, and improvisational techniques. In 1959, he founded the first butoh company, known as the "Ankoku Butoh-ha" (the "Dance of Utter Darkness" school), which went on to inspire many other artists around the world. Despite being diagnosed with cancer in the early 1980s, Hijikata continued to choreograph and perform until his death in 1986. His legacy as a pioneering dance artist continues to be celebrated today.
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Shōji Nakayama (February 26, 1928 Hongō-December 1, 1998) a.k.a. 中山 昭二, Nakayama Shōji, なかやま しょうじ, 中山 昭治 or Nakayama was a Japanese actor.
He began his acting career in 1949 and went on to appear in over 150 films and TV dramas over the course of his career. Nakayama was known for his versatility and range as an actor, playing a wide variety of roles from heroic protagonists to villainous antagonists. He was particularly famous for his roles in jidaigeki (historical dramas) and yakuza films. Some of his most notable performances were in films such as "Haikara-san ga Tooru" (1978), "The Ballad of Narayama" (1983), and "The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On" (1987). Nakayama received numerous awards and nominations throughout his career, including the Japan Academy Prize for Best Actor in 1984 for his role in "Dormitory of the Flesh" (1984). He passed away in 1998 at the age of 70.
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Nakamura Shikan VII (April 11, 1928 Tokyo-October 10, 2011 Tokyo) a.k.a. Eijir o Nakamura, Nakamura Shikan, Eijirô Nakamura, Nakamura Kotarō IV, Nakamura Fukusuke IX, Narikomaya or Shikan Nakamura was a Japanese actor.
He was the seventh in the line of Nakamura Shikan, a renowned kabuki actor family. He made his stage debut at the age of 8 and had his official debut at the Kabukiza in Tokyo in 1940. Nakamura Shikan VII was known for his versatility and was recognized as a Living National Treasure in 1994. Apart from Kabuki, he also acted in movies and on television, winning several awards and accolades for his performances. Some of his notable film works include "Nihonjin no Shiranai Nihongo" (2010) and "Akagi" (1995). In addition to his acting career, he was also actively involved in promoting Kabuki overseas to new audiences. He was instrumental in organizing Kabuki performances outside Japan and conducting workshops to teach Kabuki to non-Japanese actors.
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