Dante Carver

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Dante Carver
Born (1977-01-17) January 17, 1977 (age 37)
New York, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 2006–
Spouse(s) Akiko Matsumoto
Website
www.remix-model.co.jp/model/dante.html

Dante Carver (ダンテ・カーヴァー Dante Kāvā?, born January 17, 1977, in Brooklyn, New York) is an African-American actor working in Japan. He moved to Japan in 2005, and became well known following his appearance in a series of TV commercials for SoftBank Mobile from 2006 in which he first played the Japanese-speaking "Yosō Guy" (予想GUY?) character (the name being a pun on yosōgai (予想外?), the Japanese for "unexpected"), and later the older brother of the character played by Aya Ueto as part of the fictional "White family" headed by a white Hokkaido dog.[1][2]

In 2008, Carver was voted the most popular male actor in a TV commercial in Japan, beating Takuya Kimura, who had previously held the top position for eight consecutive years.[3]

Private life[edit]

A native of New York City, Carver attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, studying International Business.[4]

On August 4, 2010, Carver married former model Akiko Matsumoto. They formally celebrated the marriage in a wedding ceremony in April 2011.[5]

In July 2011, Carver was stopped by police while driving in Shibuya, Tokyo, after making an illegal U-turn. He was found to be driving on an invalid International Driving Permit, and his case was sent to the public prosecutor's office.[6]

TV commercials[edit]

  • Diet Coke, 2006
  • SoftBank Mobile (May 2006–Present), "Yosō Guy" (予想GUY?) aka Gorō Noguchi (野口 五郎 Noguchi Gorō?), "Oniisan" (お兄さん?, "big bro") aka Kojirō Shirato (白戸 小次郎 Shirato Kojirō?)
  • UHA Mikakuto (November 2007)

TV series[edit]

  • Kaze ni Maiagaru Vinyl Sheet (風に舞いあがるビニールシート) (NHK, May 2009–), UNHCR worker[1]
  • "Be Pon Kiki" ([Fuji TV], April 2008~)
  • "Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge" (ヤマトナデシコ七変化) ([TBS], April - March 2010) (Episode 10)

Films[edit]

CD releases[edit]

  • "Nonbiri Ikō" (のんびり行こう) (Pony Canyon, September 2008) with Mike Maki[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "白戸家お兄さん「予想GUY」のシリアスドラマ" (in Japanese). Sponichi Annex. 19 January 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Dante Peaks, American actor Dante Carver enjoys fame as part of Japan's most unusual family". metropolis.co.jp. 1 Oct 2009. 
  3. ^ "CMタレント好感度ランキングに異変!毎年1位の木村拓哉の座を黒人俳優ダンテ・カーバーが奪う" (in Japanese). Let's Geinō News. 31 May 2008. Retrieved 25 February 2009. 
  4. ^ http://www.todaysthv.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=133263&catid=70
  5. ^ "Softbank ad's Shirato family member Dante Carver announces wedding". Japan Today. Japan: GPlusMedia Co., Ltd. 2011-04-14. Retrieved 2011-12-12. 
  6. ^ "カーヴァーが無免許で書類送検". TV Asahi News (in Japanese). Japan: TV Asahi. 2011-12-12. Retrieved 2011-12-12. 
  7. ^ Schilling, Mark (2010-10-01). "Nanase Futatabi: The Movie (Nanase Again)". The Japan Times Online. Japan: The Japan Times Ltd. Retrieved 2011-12-12. 
  8. ^ "Nonbiri Ikō" at Amazon Japan Retrieved on 25 February 2009 (Japanese)

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