28 January 1930|
Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
|Died||7 January 2012
Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
|Spouse(s)||Yumi Shirakawa (1964–2012, his death)|
Born in Kyoto Prefecture, Nitani attended Doshisha University but quit before graduating. He first worked as an announcer at Nagasaki Broadcasting Company, but in 1956 made his debut as an actor at Nikkatsu. Gaining the nickname "Dump Truck Guy" for his handsome, tough guy roles, he soon became a staple in Nikkatsu Action movies, often playing the second lead, but sometimes starring in his own films. He is probably best known abroad for his role in Seijun Suzuki's Tokyo Drifter. Nitani left Nikkatsu in 1971 and moved to television, where he starred in the Tokusō saizensen police detective series, which ran for ten years between 1977 and 1987.
- I Am Waiting (1957)
- Sun in the Last Days of the Shogunate (1957)
- Underworld Beauty (1958)
- Voice Without a Shadow (1958)
- Young Breasts (1958)
- My Second Brother (1959)
- Man with a Shotgun (1961)
- Asia-Pol Secret Service (1966)
- Tokyo Drifter (1966)
- Massacre Gun (1967)
- Retaliation (1968)
- Submersion of Japan (1973)
- Mighty Jack (1968)
- Tokusō saizensen (特捜最前線) (1977–1987)
- Nobunaga: King of Zipangu (1992), as Hirate Masahide
- "Nitani Hideaki". Nihon jinmei daijiten+Plus. Kōdansha. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
- "Haiyū Nitani Hideaki-san shikyo". 47News. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
- Jonathan Clements; Motoko Tamamuro (1 November 2003). The Dorama Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese TV Drama Since 1953. Stone Bridge Press. pp. 188–189. ISBN 978-1-880656-81-5.