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|Birth name||Takafumi Sugimoto (杉本 高文)|
|Native name||明石家 さんま|
July 1, 1955 |
Kushimoto, Wakayama, Japan
(raised in Nara)
|Spouse||Shinobu Otake (1988–1992)|
Sanma Akashiya (明石家 さんま Akashiya Sanma?, born July 1, 1955 in Kushimoto, Wakayama) is a Japanese TV comedian and actor simply known as Sanma. His real name is Takafumi Sugimoto (杉本 高文 Sugimoto Takafumi?). His talent agency is Yoshimoto Kogyo.
Together with Beat Takeshi and Tamori, Sanma is said to be one of the "Big Three" tarento of Japan. He is known for his ability to endlessly carry a conversation. His protruding front teeth are often ridiculed even by himself.
- "Sakana-kun in Tohoku; Sanma x Okamura; CM of the week: Sukiya". The Japan Times. 18 September 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
- "Sanma, Tamori, Takeshi to co-host NTV comedy specials ‹ Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion". Japantoday.com. 2008-11-04. Retrieved 2014-12-05.
- Tanaka, Nobuko. "Romance at the edge of reason". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2014-12-05.
- "'The Cat Lawyer and the Invisible Man'; Imalu as a barista; CM of the week: Loto 7". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2014-12-05.