|Native name||中居 正広|
|Born||August 18, 1972|
|Origin||Fujisawa, Kanagawa, Japan|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, actor, host|
Masahiro Nakai (中居 正広 Nakai Masahiro?, born August 18, 1972) is a Japanese singer, actor and host for music events and variety shows such as the long-running music show Utaban. He is the leader of the Japanese idol group SMAP.
In 1987, Nakai entered the Japanese talent agency Johnny & Associates at the age of 14. He is the second person after Noriyuki Higashiyama that was allowed to skip auditions and directly enter the agency as a trainee, thus becoming known as one of the elite in Johnny's.
Fans have expressed that "Nakai's inability to sing is somewhat of a national joke today in Japan". Regardless of his lack of ability, Nakai has found eventual major success with SMAP as the group went on to become one of the most successful boy bands in J-pop history.
In 2007, Nakai was given his first movie role in nearly five years, portraying a humble barber wrongfully sentenced to death as a war criminal in the movie Watashi wa Kai ni Naritai (私は貝になりたい I Want to Be a Shellfish?).
In addition to co-hosting Utaban with Tunnels member Takaaki Ishibashi, he serves as a co-host on The! Sekai Gyōten News (ザ・世界仰天ニュース The World's Surprising News?), in which he shows a display of black comedy. As the leader of SMAP, Nakai has the greatest TV exposure of the SMAP members insofar as variety shows go.
In 2003, partly due to his involvement in very popular variety shows, Nakai was identified as the highest tax payer of any entertainer in Japan by the Japanese National Tax Bureau.
Since 2010, he hosted, [TBS]'s annual "CDTV Special! New Year's Eve Premier Live", 4 times in row.
Since 2011, co-hosted [TBS]'s annual [Ongaku no Hi] (“Music Day”). In 2001, it lasted a total of 7 hours and 40 minutes. In 2014, it was 13 hour long.
Between 1995-2000 Sport Caster on Sunday Jungel
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|1988||Abunai Shōnen III||Masahiro Nakai|
|1991||Gakkō e Ikō!|
|1992||Ude ni oboe ari3||Yunosuke Shibuya||TV series|
|1995||Aji Ichimonme||Satoru Ihashi|
|Kagayaku Toki no Naka de||TV series|
|1996||Aji Ichimonme 2||Satoru Ihashi|
|Naniwa Kinyudo||Tatsuyuki Haibara||Lead role|
|Dareka ga Dareka ni Koishiteru||Television special|
|Shōri no Megami||Lead role|
|Naniwa Kinyudo 2||Tatsuyuki Haibara||Lead role|
|1997||Aji Ichimonme SP||Satoru Ihashi||Lead role, television special|
|Boku ga Boku de Aru Tame ni||Hayato Naruse||Television special|
|Ii Hito||Guest appearance|
|Saigo no Koi||Toru Natsume||Lead role|
|1998||Aji Ichimonme SP||Satoru Ihashi||Lead role, television special|
|Naniwa Kinyudo 3||Tatsuyuki Haibara||Lead role|
|Brothers||Shinjin Fujiwara||Lead role|
|1999||Furuhata vs SMAP||Nakai Masahiro||Lead role, television special|
|Good News||Lead role|
|Naniwa Kinyudo 4||Tatsuyuki Haibara||Lead role|
|2000||Densetsu no Kyoshi||Kazami||Lead role|
|Naniwa Kinyudo 5||Tatsuyuki Haibara||Lead role|
|2001||Yonimo Kimyona Monogatari: Otona Juken||Lead role, part of the SMAP Special Edition|
|Shiroi Kage||Yosuke Naoe||Lead role|
|2003||Shiroi Kage Special||Yosuke Naoe||Lead role, television special|
|2004||Suna no Utsuwa||Eiryo Waga||Lead role|
|Tora to Lion to Gonin no Otoko||Nakai Masahiro||Co-star|
|2005||Naniwa Kinyudo 6||Tatsuyuki Haibara||Lead role|
|2009||Konkatsu!||Kuniyuki Amamiya||Lead role|
|2010||SMAP Ganbarimasu!! 2010 - 10 Hours Super||Nakai Masahiro||Lead role, part of the SMAP Special Edition|
|2011||Aji Ichimonme SP||Satoru Ihashi||Lead role, television special|
|2013||Aji Ichimonme SP||Satoru Ihashi||Lead role, television special|
|Ataru Special - New York kara no Chosenjo||Ataru||Lead role, TBS|
|1993||Private Lessons 2|
|2nd cinema Jack Chan Kin , "something strange? Part2"||Corporate son||Co-star|
|2002||Mohō Han||Itikawa Hiroshi||Lead role|
|2008||Watashi wa Kai ni Naritai||Toyomatsu Shimizu||Lead role|
|2013||ATARU The First Love & The Last Kill||Ataru/Chokozai||Lead role|
Awards and nominations
|1995||4th Television Drama Academy Awards||Best Actor||Aji Ichimonme||Won|
|1997||14th Television Drama Academy Awards||Best Actor||Saigo no Koi||Won|
|2003||7th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix||Best Actor||Suna no Utsuwa||Won|
|2004||40th Television Drama Academy Awards||Best Actor||Won|
|2008||21st Nikkan Sports Film Awards||Best Actor||Watashi wa Kai ni Naritai||Won|
|2009||TV Navi Spring 2009 Drama Awards||Best Actor||Konkatsu!||Won|
- "SMAP". Japan-Zone. Retrieved 2010-01-23.
- "Nakai designated 'support captain' for Olympic baseball team". Tokyograph. 2007-03-21. Retrieved 2010-01-23.
- "POP! Goes the MatsuJun (or Lessons Learned from a Japanese Idol)". Asia Pacific Arts; University of California in Los Angeles. 2008-05-02. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
- Darling-Wolf, Fabienne (2004). "SMAP, sex and masculinity: Constructing the perfect female fantasy in Japanese popular music". Popular Music and Society 27 (3): 358. doi:10.1080/03007760410001733189.
- Lewis, Leo (2009-04-23). "Naked romp shames SMAP boy band star Tsuyoshi Kusanagi and puts media in spin". London: The Times. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
- "Masahiro Nakai chosen for 'Shellfish' remake". Tokyograph. 2007-05-22. Retrieved 2010-01-23.
- Schilling, Mark (2008-11-21). "Making a case for a 'war criminal'". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2010-01-23.
- "Nakai, Ueto co-star in Fuji TV's next Monday night drama". Tokyograph. 2009-02-17. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
- "The Boy Bachelor". The Japan Times. 2003-05-25. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
- "Nakama, Nakai to host Kohaku again". Tokyograph. 2009-11-04. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
- "Nakai chosen as Olympics caster, SMAP sings theme". Tokyograph. 2008-07-22. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
- "Drama Academy Awards". Tokyograph. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
- "Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix". Tokyograph. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
- "21st Nikkan Sports Film Awards". Tokyograph. 2008-12-04. Retrieved 2010-02-20.