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Ken Takakura


Born - 16 February 1931, Kita-Kyushu City, Japan
Died - 10 November 2014

Stern-looking, lithely-built Japanese actor in tough, 'Yakuza'-type roles in his native country before unexpectedly appearing as a top featured player in a few international films of the 1980s and 1990s. After a debut in two 'karate' action films of the mid 1950s, the actor, born Goichi Oda, appeared in Nippon G-Men (1956) and dozens of other violent thrillers. International films included The Yakuza (1974), Black Rain (1989), Mr Baseball (1992) and 47 Ronin (1994). His last films were back in Japan: The Firefly (2001), Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (2005) and Dearest (2012). He died from malignant lymphoma. His marriage to famous singer/actress Chiemi Eri had ended in divorce after 12 years.