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.

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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