Mickey Curtis

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Mickey Curtis
Born (1938-07-23) July 23, 1938 (age 76)
Other names Igarashi Shinjiro[1]
Occupation Actor, Singer
Years active 1958–present

Mickey Curtis (ミッキー・カーチス?) (born 23 July 1938) is a Japanese actor, singer, and TV celebrity. His birth name was Michael Brian Curtis born to an English-Japanese father and English-Japanese mother.[2]

A pivotal figure in Japanese popular music, Mickey is considered one of the three big Japanese names in rock music, helping to popularise the genre in the 1950s where he began as a rockabilly singer.[3][4] In 1967 he became internationally known for his avant-garde rock band "Mickey Curtis & The Samurai". After five years Mickey disbanded the group and returned to Japan in 1972, where he began producing other musicians.

As an actor his first role was as a rock singer in the 1958 film All About Marriage by Kihachi Okamoto, and has since gone on to star in more than 70 feature films. At over 70 years of age he is one of the oldest major celebrities in Japan and a regular TV personality. Apart from his entertainment career he has also been a racecar driver and owns a motorcycle shop in Meguro, Tokyo.[citation needed] He speaks Japanese, English, French, German, Italian and Thai.[2]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Film Role
1959 Fires on the Plain
(野火 Nobi)
1963 Brave Records of the Sanada Clan
(真田風雲録 Sanada fūunroku)
1989 Gunhed Bansho
1992 8 Man
(8マン すべての寂しい夜のために Eitoman - Subete no sabishii yoru no tame ni)
1995 Kamikaze Taxi Animaru
1996 Swallowtail Butterfly
(スワロウテイル Suwarōteiru)
Fudoh: The New Generation
(極道戦国志 不動 Gokudō sengokushi: Fudō)
Yasha Gang Assassin
1998 Blues Harp
Hana no O-Edo no Tsuribaka Nisshi
2001 Cowboy Bebop: The Movie Rasheed
Lily Festival
(百合祭 Yurisai)
Warm Water Under a Red Bridge
(赤い橋の下のぬるい水 Akai hashi no shita no nurui mizu)
Nobuyuki Ohnishi
2002 Agitator
(荒ぶる魂たち Araburu tamashii-tachi)
The Laughing Frog
(笑う蛙 Warau Kaeru)
Kiichiro Aisawa
Aiki Miyaji
2003 Kikoku
2004 Izo
2005 Custom Made 10.30 A god
2008 SS Nishiyama President
(映画 クロサギ Eiga Kurosagi)
Cafe Isobe
(純喫茶磯辺 Junkissa Isobe)
2011 Deadball
(デッドボール Deddobōru)
2012 Robo-G
(ロボジー Robo Ji)
Shigemitsu Suzuki


  1. ^ http://eiga.com/news/20110701/1/
  2. ^ a b http://www.watanabepro.co.jp/mypage/artist/mickeycurtis.html
  3. ^ 昭和浪漫ロカビリー―聞き書き:ジャズ喫茶からウエスタン・カーニバルへ. Heibonsha Publishing. 2001. ISBN 4-19-861365-6. 
  4. ^ The Japanese rock stars interviews 集~時代を築いた20人の言葉. T.O Entertainment. 2010. ISBN 4-904376-18-8. 

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