September 14, 1908
Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan
July 5, 1991
Nobuo Nakamura ( was a Japanese actor, who made notable appearances in the films of 中村伸郎 Nakamura Nobuo, September 14, 1908 – July 5, 1991) Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu in the 1950s and 1960s. Perhaps his most famous roles were those of the callous deputy mayor in Kurosawa's (1952), and the hairdresser's henpecked husband in Ozu's Ikiru (1953). Tokyo Story
Nakamura was also famous for many notable contributions to Japanese modern theatre. In 1937, he founded the
Bungakuza company along with Haruko Sugimura, Seiji Miyaguchi, and Masayuki Mori. Nakamura played Polonius in , Herod in Hamlet Wilde's , Aleksandr Vladimirovich Serebryakov in Salome Chekov's , and Krapp in Uncle Vanya . He also appeared in Krapp's Last Tape , Macbeth , and The Merchant of Venice . In the 1950s and 1960s, he played major roles in The Cherry Orchard Yukio Mishima's plays such as , Rokumeikan , and so on. In 1963, Nakamura left Bungakuza company and founded the NLT company with Mishima. His most famous and successful role is considered to be The Professor in My Friend Hitler Ionesco's . He performed The Lesson for the first time in 1972 and played The Professor every Friday night at The Lesson Shibuya Jean-Jean, a small theatre in Shibuya, Tokyo until 1983. Appropriately, one of his last movie roles was a cameo as a deceptively decrepit-looking "professor" in Juzo Itami's film comedy Tampopo (1985).
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