Akira Terao

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Akira Terao
Born (1947-05-18) May 18, 1947 (age 71)
OccupationActor, musician
Years active1964–present
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Parent(s)Jūkichi Uno (father)

Akira Terao (寺尾 聰, Terao Akira, born May 18, 1947) is a Japanese musician, singer and movie actor. He is the eldest son of actor Jūkichi Uno. Terao is known for wearing sunglasses and for his expressions of nihilism. Because he has two moles on one cheek, he has the nickname of "hoppe" (ボッペ), meaning "cheek". He attended schools Wako Gakuen, Hosei University Daini Senior High School, and graduated from the vocational school Bunka Gakuin.The promotional agencies to which he has belonged are, in order, Horipro, Ishihara International Productions, Inc., and Terao Ongaku Jimusho (寺尾音楽事務所), literally "Terao Music Offices," his own, personal office. As of 2012, he is the only male actor to have received both the Japan Record Award and the Japan Academy Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.


In 1966, he debuted as a bassist of Group Sounds band, The Savage. As an actor, he debuted as Kenichi in Chikadō no taiyō made, a film directed by Kei Kumai in 1968.

As a singer, Terao was known mostly for his 1981 album Reflections (リフレクションズ), which sold more than one and a half million copies in Japan with the hit song "Ruby no Yubiwa" (ルビーの指環).

In 1985, Terao started to work with Akira Kurosawa in Ran. Five years later he appeared as "I" in Kurosawa's Dreams. He has worked with director Takashi Koizumi in After the Rain and The Professor's Beloved Equation. As for dramas, Terao has acted with Kazunari Ninomiya in Yasashii Jikan as well as in the latest Takuya Kimura-helmed drama, Change (spring 2008).

He won the award for best actor at the 47th Blue Ribbon Awards for Half a Confession.[1]




  • Daitokai (1972–1979) – He was only in the 3rd season of the show.
  • Kunitori Monogatari (1973) – Tokugawa Ieyasu
  • Seibu Keisatsu (1979) – Takeshi Matsuda, but prefers to be called 'Rikki' by his colleagues. His character is killed in the line of duty in the 123rd episode of Part I of the show...
  • Gunshi Kanbei (2014) – Tokugawa Ieyasu
  • Nobunaga Moyu (2016) – Konoe Sakihisa
  • Kohaku (2017) – Toshio Arai
  • Rikuō (2017) – Haruyuki Iiyama

Personal life[edit]

Terao was born in Yokohama (Kanagawa prefecture) in Japan, son of the actor and film director Jūkichi Uno. He was married to Bunjaku Han from 1973 to 1974 (ending in divorce).



  1. ^ ブルーリボン賞ヒストリー (in Japanese). Cinema Hochi. Archived from the original on February 19, 2012. Retrieved 2010-12-12.