|Born|| Minoru Miura
January 28, 1952
Enzan, Yamanashi, Japan
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
Life and career
He attended Hino high school in Tokyo. He was originally a member of rock group RC Succession, but was asked to leave the group by their management when they signed a record contract. However, impressed by his looks, the management company asked him to try out acting. In 1974 he appeared in an advertisement for Glico with young singer Momoe Yamaguchi. When casting the male lead for her film Izu no Odoriko, they thought of Miura, and he was chosen as the male lead. The popularity of the Miura/Yamaguchi combination led to them starring together in a series of films and television series. They became known as the "Golden Combi". Although Yamaguchi had a separate career as a singer, this was Miura's main form of employment through the 1970s.
In 1980 Miura and Yamaguchi married, and the twenty-one-year-old Yamaguchi retired from show business. Initially Miura struggled with his acting career, which had consisted of playing Yamaguchi's romantic partner. However, after a few years of struggle, he was able to establish himself as an actor, changing his type from the "clean cut youth" roles he had played with Yamaguchi to "bad boy" roles. He won the award for best supporting actor at the 10th Hochi Film Award and at the 7th Yokohama Film Festival for Typhoon Club.
He is a keen pachinko player and was a smoker until he gave it up at the age of fifty. Because of his appearance in cigarette advertisements, it was debated in the Japanese diet whether Miura was an "idol" who could be considered to have a strong influence on underage smoking. Due to his wife's relatively greater fame and popularity, he is sometimes referred to as just "Momoe's husband" (Momoe-chan no Danna-san), a name which he dislikes. The couple have two sons, Yutaro and Takahiro, and have repeatedly been chosen as "the ideal celebrity couple". According to Miura, they have never had a marital quarrel.
|1974||Izu no Odoriko||with Momoe Yamaguchi.
(After Kawabata Yasunari's The Dancing Girl of Izu)
|1976||Shunkinshō||Sasuke||with Momoe Yamaguchi.|
|1978||Furimukeba Ai||Tetsuo||With Momoe Yamaguchi|
|1980||Koto||with Momoe Yamaguchi.
(After Kawabata Yasunari's The Old Capital)
|1984||Sayonara Jupiter||Dr. Eiji Honda|
|Tengoku no eki: Heaven Station||Kouichi Hashimoto|
|1985||Typhoon Club||Teacher Umemiya|
|1986||His Motorbike, Her Island||Hidemasa Sawada|
|1991||Deer Friend||Masao Yagi|
|Chonouryoku-sha Michi Eno Tabibito||Hikaru Takatsuka|
|2004||The Taste of Tea||Nobuo Haruno|
|2005||Always Sanchōme no Yūhi||Shiro "Akuma" Takuma|
|2007||Adrift in Tokyo||Aiichiro Fukuhara|
|2007||Always Zoku Sanchōme no Yūhi||Dr. Takuma|
|Shizumanu Taiyō||Shiro Gyoten|
|The Borrower Arrietty||Pod|
|2016||64: Part I||Katsutoshi Matsuoka|
|64: Part II||Katsutoshi Matsuoka|
|Katsuragi Case||Kiyoshi Katsuragi|
|2017||Destiny: Kamakura Story|
|2018||A Forest of Wool and Steel||Sōichirō Itadori|
|1975-1980||Akai series||Various||With Momoe Yamaguchi|
|1982-1983||Seibu Keisatsu Part II||Gorou Okita||First appeared in Episode 1 of Part II, left after episode 6 of Part III|
|1987||Dokuganryu Masamune||Date Shigezane||Taiga drama|
|2002||Toshiie and Matsu||Maeda Toshihisa||Taiga drama|
|2004||Socrates in Love||Makoto Hirose|
|2008||Ryusei no Kizuna|
|2009||Tokyo Dogs||Otomo Kozo|
|2016||Cold Case||Hidetoshi Motoki||Remake of U.S. television series "Cold Case"|
- Japanese dub
|2004||The Incredibles||Mr. Incredible/Robert "Bob" Parr||his first job as a voice actor|
- Hishatai (被写体) 1987
- Aisho (相性) 2012
- Medal with Purple Ribbon (2012)
- Schilling, Mark (1995). Encyclopedia of Japanese Pop Culture.
- 報知映画賞ヒストリー (in Japanese). Cinema Hochi. Retrieved 2010-01-24.
- 第７回ヨコハマ映画祭 １９８５年日本映画個人賞 (in Japanese). Yokohama Film Festival. Retrieved 2010-01-24.
- Brasor, Philip, "Mr. Momoe Yamaguchi finally decides to speak", Japan Times, 11 December 2011, p. 9.
- "理想の夫婦」 友和・百恵さん、７年連続１位". Nihon Keizai Shinbun. 2012-11-22. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
- Galbraith IV 2008, p. 375.