Masao Kusakari

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Masao Kusakari
Born (1952-09-05) September 5, 1952 (age 66)
Kokura, Fukuoka, Japan
Occupation Actor, model
Years active 1970–present
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Children Kuran Kusakari
Mayū Kusakari

Masao Kusakari (草刈 正雄, Kusakari Masao, born September 5, 1952 in Kokura) is a Japanese actor and model.

Biography[edit]

Masao Kusakari was born in Fukuoka Prefecture (on the Southern island of Kyushu) to a Japanese mother and an American father who died in the Korean War.[1] Because of his heritage, he was taller than the average Japanese of the time. Considered stunningly good looking, his debut into the public eye began when he became a model for the Shiseido Cosmetics Company in the early 1970s. From there he broke into television and film, where he has worked steadily for over 30 years. He has a broad range, from starring in a television comedy series such as "Tsuhan Man" ("Shopping Hero" about a home shopping network), to singing in musicals such as "Victor-Victoria," "My Fair Lady" and "Cabaret."

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
1974 ESPY Jirō Miki Jun Fukuda
1976 Brother and Sister Inokichi Tadashi Imai
1979 G.I. Samurai Masakichi Kōsei Saitō
1980 Virus Yoshizumi Kinji Fukasaku Lead role
1981 Eijanaika Itoman Shohei Imamura
1989 Yuwakusha Kazuhiko Sotomura Shunichi Nagasaki
2004 Ultraman Manjōme Kazuya Konaka
2018 Taisō shiyou yo Takeo Kikuchi Lead role
2019 Kioku ni Gozaimasen Kōki Mitani

Television dramas[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
1976 Kaze to Kumo to Niji to Kashima no Haruaki NHK Taiga drama
1981 Pro Hunter Shunsuke Ryuzaki NTV Lead role
1985 Sanada Taiheiki Sanada Yukimura NHK
1994 Minami-kun no Koibito Chiyomi's father EX
Hana no Ran Hino Katsumitsu NHK Taiga drama
1996 Furuhata Ninzaburō Ken'ichirō Inui CX ep. 16
Iguana Girl Masanori Aoshima EX
2005 Yoshitsune Taira no Tomoyasu NHK Taiga drama
2008 Atsuhime Abe Masahiro NHK Taiga drama
2010 Saka no Ue no Kumo Katō Tomosaburō NHK
2011 Honda Masanobu NHK Taiga drama
2012 Priceless Hirose CX
2016 Sanada Maru Sanada Masayuki NHK Taiga drama
2017 Bakumatsu Gourmet Bushi Meshi! The Lord NHK
Doctor-X Season 5 Kagenobu Uchikanda EX
2018 Fūunji tachi Tanuma Okitsugu NHK
2019 Natsuzora Taiju Shibata NHK Asadora

Dubbing[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 My Best Friend's Wedding George Downes (Rupert Everett) 2000 NTV edition
2008 WALL-E Captain B. McCrea
2017 Murder on the Orient Express Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh)

Awards and prizes[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1975 Elan d'or Awards Newcomer of the Year Himself Won
2017 10th Tokyo Drama Awards Best Supporting Actor Sanada Maru Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kusakari Masao". Kotobanku (in Japanese). Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved 14 April 2015.

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