Takeshi Katō (actor)

Takeshi Katō
Born (1929-05-24)24 May 1929
Died 31 July 2015(2015-07-31) (aged 86)
Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Actor
Years active 1954–2015

Takeshi Katō (加藤 武, Katō Takeshi, 24 May 1929 – 31 July 2015) was a Japanese stage and film actor. He appeared in more than one hundred films.

Career

Graduating from Waseda University, Katō first became a middle school teacher, but then joined the Bungakuza theater troupe in 1952.[1] Beyond appearing in and directing plays on stage, he also appeared in films by such directors as Akira Kurosawa, Shohei Imamura, Kon Ichikawa, and Kiriro Urayama.[1]

He died on 31 July 2015 after collapsing in a sauna.[2]

Selected filmography

Films

Year Title Role Director Notes
1953 An Inlet of Muddy Water Tadashi Imai Uncredited
1954 Seven Samurai Akira Kurosawa Uncredited
1958 The Hidden Fortress Akira Kurosawa
1960 The Bad Sleep Well Itakura Akira Kurosawa
1961 Pigs and Battleships Ōhachi Shohei Imamura
Yojimbo Kobuhachi Akira Kurosawa
1962 Foundry Town Noda Kirio Urayama
1963 High and Low Detective Nakao Akira Kurosawa
Mother Toshiro Kaneto Shindo
Bushido, Samurai Saga Tadashi Imai
1965 Sword of the Beast Katori Hideo Gosha
1968 Japan's Longest Day Hisatsune Sakomizu Kihachi Okamoto
Bonta No Kekkon Ya Kasamatsu Koji Chino
1973 Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Proxy War Noburo Uchimoto Kinji Fukasaku
1974 Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Police Tactics Noburo Uchimoto Kinji Fukasaku
1976 The Inugamis Tachibana Kon Ichikawa
1978 Rhyme of Vengeance Todoroki Kon Ichikawa
1978 Hi no Tori Kon Ichikawa
1979 Byoinzaka no Kubikukuri no Ie Todoroki Kon Ichikawa
1981 Kofuku Kenmochi Kon Ichikawa
1985 Ran Koyata Hatakeyama Akira Kurosawa
1987 Princess from the Moon Fujiwara-no-Ōkuni Kon Ichikawa
1989 Shaso Tani Toshio Masuda
1993 Kaettekita Kogarashi Monjirō Kon Ichikawa
1999 The Geisha House Kitayama Kinji Fukasaku
2006 The Inugamis Todoroki Kon Ichikawa
2015 Mifune: The Last Samurai Himself Steven Okazaki

Television

Year Title Role Network Notes
1963 Hana no Shōgai Magojirō NHK Taiga drama
1964 Akō Rōshi Horibe Yasubei NHK Taiga drama
1966 Minamoto no Yoshitsune Taira no Kagekiyo NHK Taiga drama
1967 San Shimai Ōmura Masujirō NHK Taiga drama
1969 Ten to Chi to Nagao Toshikage NHK Taiga drama
1971 Daichūshingura Takebe Masanoki NET
1979 Kusa Moeru Ōba Kagechika NHK Taiga drama
1985–86 Sanada Taiheiki Honda Tadakatsu NHK
1999 Genroku Ryōran Shindō Toshishige NHK Taiga drama
2007 Fūrin Kazan Morozumi Torasada NHK Taiga drama
2009 Tenchijin Hokkō Zenshuku NHK Taiga drama

References

  1. ^ a b "Katō Takeshi". Kotobanku (in Japanese). Asahi Shinbun. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  2. ^ "加藤武さん、サウナで倒れ急死 86歳". Sponichi Annex (in Japanese). Sports Nippon. Retrieved 1 August 2015.

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Preceded by
Ichirō Inui
Bungakuza Representative
2010–2015
Succeeded by
Tōru Emori


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