Takehiro Hira

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Takehiro Hira
Born (1974-07-27) July 27, 1974 (age 42)
Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–present
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Website www.siscompany.com/02manage/40hira/index.htm

Takehiro Hira (平 岳大, Hira, Takehiro, born July 27, 1974) is a Japanese theatre, film, and television actor. He was born in Japan and raised there until he was 15 years old. He went to high school in Providence, Rhode Island, United States, and then attended Brown University.[1] Prior to becoming an actor, he held a few different kinds of jobs including care provider for autistic children, financial analyst, project manager at an internet start-up and tempura chief at a Japanese restaurant.[citation needed]


He made his theatrical debut in 2002 with Rokumeikan which was written by Yukio Mishima. He worked closely with his father Mikijiro Hira, who is also a Japanese actor. Takehiro played the role of Iago in the production of Othello with his father playing Othello. He received major recognition when he played the last shogun Yoshinobu Tokugawa in the NHK taiga drama Atsuhime. He has appeared in several films of Takashi Miike, including Harakiri, Ace Attorney[2] and Aku no Kyoten.[3] He plays Natsuka Masaie in the big-budget film Nobou's Castle.

International experience[edit]

He played the role of the Player Queen in the English production of Hamlet in 2005, in which the title role was played by Michael Maloney. This three-month tour was received well at many places in the UK.[4]

Personal life[edit]

His father is Mikijirō Hira and his mother is Yoshiko Sakuma, a Japanese actress.[5]


Year Film Role Notes
2003 Cosmetic TV drama
Love to be loved TV drama
Special Mission Boss TV drama
2004 Go Ryoma Kurata Ike TV drama
Mito Komon Guest Star TV drama
The Clan of Inugami Kiyotake TV drama
2005 Nada sousou TV drama
2006 Delicious Proposal Hinohara TV drama
Memories of Tomorrow Film
2007 Chacha Gotou Film
2008 Atsuhime Tokugawa Yoshinobu TV series
2009 Dandan Sawada TV series
Lineage of Cop Terrorist TV drama
Counter Terrorist Police Kubota TV drama
2010 The Chapter of Mountain Guest Star TV series
The diary of Doctor Chizuru Guest Star TV drama
Sayonara Itsuka Film
SP -Ambition Takigawa Film
SP -Revolution Takigawa Film
The Partner Maruyama Film
Nobou's castle Natsuka Masaie Film
2011 Fake Guest Star TV series
Go Kazunari Saji TV drama
Woman from Kyoto Police Guest Star TV drama
Absolute Zero Sawada TV drama
Tsukahara Bokuden Co-star TV series
Boyfriend,husband and male friend Yagi TV series
Science Investigation Guest star TV drama
The return from Pearl Harbor Lieutenant Iwase TV drama
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai Shogun Ii TV drama
2012 Pioneers Morimitsu TV series
The Life of Juzo Itami The leading character TV drama
Umechan Sensei Sanada TV drama
Gyakuten Saiban Mitsurugi'father TV drama
Aku no Kyoten Teacher Kume TV drama
2015 Okāsan no Ki Film
2016 Sanada Maru Takeda Katsuyori TV drama
2017 Sekigahara Shima Sakon Film


  • Rokumeikan (2002)
  • King Lear, Edmund (2003)
  • And Then There Were None, Philip Lombart (2004)
  • Hamlet,[6] Player Queen (2005)
  • Korikoribanashi (2006)
  • Othello, Iago (2007)
  • Genghis Khan, Title role (2008)
  • Gabrielle Chanel (2009)
  • The Film of the Nation, Gustav Friedrich (2011)


  1. ^ ""Elite" Japan Entertainment News". 
  2. ^ ""Ace Attorney trailer" Nippon Cinema". 
  3. ^ ""Aku no Kyoten" Tokyo Hive". 
  4. ^ ""Hamlet Barbican" British Theatre Guild". 
  5. ^ "平幹二朗さん死去 82歳 「蜷川マクベス」名演" [Mikijiro Hira, star of "Minagawa Macbeth" dead at 82] (in Japanese). Chunichi Shinbun. 24 October 2016. Archived from the original on 24 October 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  6. ^ Billington, Michael (November 12, 2004). ""Hamlet review Guardian" Guardian". The Guardian. London. 

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