Akira Nakao

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Akira Nakao
Native name 中尾 彬
Born (1942-08-11) August 11, 1942 (age 71)
Kisarazu, Chiba, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Education Musashino Art University
Occupation Actor, TV personality, artist
Years active 1962–present
Agent Furutachi Project
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Spouse(s) Shino Ikenami
Website
www.furutachi-project.co.jp/profile/talent_07.shtml

Akira Nakao (中尾 彬 Nakao Akira?, born August 11, 1942) is a Japanese actor, TV personality, and artist from Kisarazu, Chiba. Nakao is represented by the Furutachi Project agency.[1]

Biography[edit]

Nakao attended Chiba Prefectural Kisarazu High School from 1958, and entered Musashino Art University from 1961.[2] Also in 1961, he was selected in the "5th Nikkatsu New Face" talent competition.[2]

In 1963, he left Musashino Art University to study in Paris, France.[2] On returning to Japan in 1964, he enrolled in the Mingei (民芸?) theatre company, where he studied under Jūkichi Uno.[1][2] In 1971, he left the Mingei theatre group to work as a freelance actor.[1]

In 1978, he married actress Shino Ikenami, the daughter of rakugo comedian Kingentei Basho.[2] They received the "Nice Couple Award" in 2008.[3]

In 1988, he started studying ceramics under Masaaki Kosugi in Karatsu, Saga.[2]

Acting career[edit]

Nakao has appeared in jidaigeki (period dramas) and contemporary dramas on television and film, as well as variety shows. Fans of Abarenbō Shōgun immediately recognize him as the scheming Tokugawa Muneharu, arch-rival of the eighth shogun Yoshimune. He played the role for twenty years. Film appearances include five episodes in the series Gokudō no Onna-tachi and six Godzilla movies. He also acted in the 1992 Juzo Itami film Minbo: the Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Television[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • 1980: Bronze Award at Le Salon exhibition in France[2]
  • 1981: Grand Prix at Le Salon exhibition in France[2]
  • 1982: International Award at Le Salon exhibition in France[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Furutachi Project talent profile" (in Japanese). Japan: Furutachi Project. 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Talk Session". Nihombashi/Kyobashi Art & Antiques Festival. Tokyo: Tokyo Art & Antiques. 15 June 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Nice Couple Awards announced". Tokyograph. 13 April 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Schilling, Mark (3 October 2008). "'Achilles to Kame' - Kitano's lost the plot". The Japan Times Online. Japan: The Japan Times Ltd. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Takeshi and his cast of gangsters attend Japan premiere of 'Outrage Beyond'". Japan Today. GPlusMedia Co., Ltd. 20 September 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 

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