Tetsurō Tamba

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Tetsurō Tamba
Tanba Tetsuro.jpg
Native name
丹波 哲郎
Born(1922-07-17)July 17, 1922
Tokyo, Japan
DiedSeptember 24, 2006(2006-09-24) (aged 84)
Tokyo, Japan
Years active1952–2006
Known forYou Only Live Twice as Tiger Tanaka
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)

Tetsurō Tamba (Japanese: 丹波 哲郎, Hepburn: Tanba Tetsurō, July 17, 1922 – September 24, 2006) was a Japanese actor with a career spanning five decades. He is best known in the West for his role in the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice as Tiger Tanaka.


Tamba is perhaps best known by Western audiences for his role as Tiger Tanaka in the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice (he was dubbed by Robert Rietti). By then, he had among other roles appeared in two films by director Masaki Kobayashi: Harakiri and Kwaidan. He also portrayed the lead character in the police dramas Key Hunter and G-Men '75, the latter of which remains his best-known role in Japan.[1]

He also portrayed the voice of the "Cat King" in the original Japanese version of the Studio Ghibli anime film The Cat Returns. More recently, he had parts in Twilight Samurai and two Takashi Miike films, The Happiness of the Katakuris and Gozu, as well as acting as a spokesperson for the Dai Rei Kai spiritual movement.

Tamba's son, Yoshitaka Tamba, is also an actor.

In February 2005, Tamba was hospitalized for influenza and appendicitis. He lost weight drastically and his health degenerated. On September 24, 2006, he died in Tokyo at the age of 84 of pneumonia.

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  1. ^ Japan Hero Archived 2006-07-13 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Stuart Galbraith IV (16 May 2008). The Toho Studios Story: A History and Complete Filmography. Scarecrow Press. p. 177. ISBN 978-1-4616-7374-3.
  3. ^ The Battle of Port Arthur (203 Koshi) in the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ 第 4 回日本アカデミー賞優秀作品 (in Japanese). Japan Academy Prize. Retrieved 2010-12-16.

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