Masahiko Tsugawa

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Masahiko Tsugawa (津川 雅彦)
Tsugawa in 2005
Masahiko Katō

(1940-01-02)2 January 1940
DiedAugust 4, 2018(2018-08-04) (aged 78)
Other namesMasahiko Makino
  • Actor
  • film director
  • critic
Years active1945–2018
AgentGrandpa Pro Productions
Height171 cm (5 ft 7+12 in)
(m. 1973⁠–⁠2018)

Masahiko Tsugawa (津川 雅彦, Tsugawa Masahiko), born Masahiko Katō (加藤 雅彦 Katō Masahiko; January 2, 1940 – August 4, 2018) was a Japanese actor and director.


Tsugawa was born January 2, 1940, in Kyoto, Japan.[1] After acting as a child, he made his major debut at the age of 16 in the Kō Nakahira film Crazed Fruit in 1956.[2] Tsugawa's family was heavily involved in the film industry since before his birth. Tsugawa attended school until dropping out of Waseda University Graduate School to pursue acting alone.[3]

He gradually grew in popularity by playing villain roles in such television jidaigeki drama series as the Hissatsu series[3][4] and appeared in films like Otoko wa tsurai yo: Watashi no Tora-san and Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack. He was eventually adopted as one of director Juzo Itami's favourite actors, and went on to appear in nearly every one of his movies since Tampopo.[1][2]

In television Tsugawa portrayed Tokugawa Ieyasu five times.[2] He played Ieyasu in the 2000 Aoi Tokugawa Sandai[1] and became the oldest actor who played a lead role in the Taiga drama.[5]

Tsugawa recently debuted as a director under the pseudonym Makino Masahiko with his film Nezu no Ban.[1] He chose this name because he is the nephew of the Japanese director Masahiro Makino, his mother's brother. Legend has it that Tsugawa was so awed by the director while watching him at work as a young child that he asked if he could use Makino as his last name should he ever be a director, because of the similarities of the first names.[3]

Tsugawa comes from an illustrious film family. His older brother Hiroyuki Nagato was an actor.[1] His wife Yukiji Asaoka was an actress. His grandfather is the director Shōzō Makino, his father, Kunitarō Sawamura, and his mother, Tomoko Makino, were both actors.[1] His aunt and uncle through his father are the actors Sadako Sawamura and Daisuke Katō.

Tsugawa died August 4, 2018, due to heart failure.[1] He was 78.[2]






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  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Masahiko Tsugawa 知恵蔵mini「津川雅彦」の解説". KOTOBANK. Retrieved July 24, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d "津川雅彦さん、突然死だった…退院予定日直前に 死去当日も朝食ペロリ". サンスポ. Retrieved July 24, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c "甘いもの好きが原因?糖尿病治療中の津川雅彦さん". 病ナビ. Retrieved July 24, 2021.
  4. ^ "私の職務履歴書「第19回 映画監督・演出家 マキノ雅彦の場合」". 宅ふぁいる便. オージス総研. Retrieved 2018-10-21.
  5. ^ "16年大河は"三谷戦国"主役候補に役所広司、佐藤浩市ら". スポニチ. May 7, 2021. Retrieved July 24, 2021.
  6. ^ "宮本武蔵". Haiyaku Jiten. Retrieved July 27, 2021.
  7. ^ "華麗なる一族". MBS. Retrieved June 15, 2021.
  8. ^ "リトルプリンス 星の王子さまと私". Fukikaeru. Retrieved August 19, 2021.
  9. ^ 第 11 回日本アカデミー賞優秀作品 (in Japanese). Japan Academy Prize. Retrieved 2010-12-16.

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