|Native name||殿山 泰司|
|Born||October 17, 1915|
|Died||April 30, 1989(aged 73)|
Taiji Tonoyama (殿山 泰司 Tonoyama Taiji, 1915–1989) was a Japanese character actor who made many appearances in films and on television from 1939 to 1989. He was a close friend of Kaneto Shindo and one of his regular cast members. He was also an essayist. In 1950 he helped form the film company Kindai Eiga Kyokai with Shindo and Kōzaburō Yoshimura.
He served in the Japanese military in China in the Second Sino-Japanese War and considered himself to have narrowly escaped from death. He was married but also had a mistress and maintained relationships with both women until the end of his life. He was a keen reader of detective stories and a fan of jazz music. He wrote a series of semi-autobiographical essays under the title Sanmon Yakusha (三文役者), meaning "third rate actor". Kaneto Shindo wrote a biography of Tonoyama called Sanmon yakusha no shi,[n 1] meaning "The death of a third-rate actor", which he also filmed as By Player.
|Date||Romanized title||Original title||Notes||ISBN|
|1969||Nihon onna chizu: shizen wa nikutai ni donna eikyo o ataeru ka||日本女地図: 自然は、肉体にどんな影響を与えるのか||A comparison of women's bodies, particularly their vaginas, in different parts of Japan.||ISBN 978-4-04-154201-9|
|1980||Sanmon yakusha anaki den parts one to three||三文役者あなあきい伝PART1~PART3||ISBN 978-4-480-02937-9|
- "Tonoyama Taiji". Nihon jinmei daijiten+Plus (in Japanese). Kōdansha. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
- Shindo, Kaneto (2008). Ikite iru kagiri Watashi no Rirekisho [While I live: my resume] (in Japanese). Nihon Keizai Shimbunsha. ISBN 978-4-532-16661-8.
- Shindo, Kaneto (2000). Sanmon yakusha no shi: Seiden Tonoyama Taiji [The death of a third-rate actor: a true biography of Taiji Tonoyama]. ISBN 978-4-00-602017-0.