Minoru Chiaki

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Minoru Chiaki
Native name 千秋 実
Born Katsuji Sasaki
(1917-04-28)April 28, 1917
Onnenai, Nakagawa, Kamikawa, Hokkaidō, Japan
Died November 1, 1999(1999-11-01) (aged 82)
Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Actor
Years active 1949 - 1999
Spouse(s) Fumie Sasaki
Children Katsuhiko Sasaki

Minoru Chiaki (千秋 実 Chiaki Minoru?, April 28, 1917 – November 1, 1999) was a Japanese actor who appeared in such films as Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai and The Hidden Fortress.

In Seven Samurai, he was the good-natured samurai Heihachi, and he was the first of the samurai to be killed. In real life, he was the last of the seven actors to die.

Later in his career, he appeared as a secondary actor in many Toei films. In 1986, he was given the Best Actor prize at the Japan Academy Prize ceremony for his performance in Toei's Gray Sunset (1985).[1]



  1. ^ "Awards for Hana ichimonme (1985)" (in Japanese). Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 

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