Yōji Tanaka

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Yōji Tanaka
Native name 田中要次
Born (1963-08-08) August 8, 1963 (age 55)
Kiso, Nagano, Japan
Occupation Actor

Yōji Tanaka (田中 要次, Yōji Tanaka, born 8 August 1963) is a Japanese actor.


Born in Kiso, Nagano, Tanaka first began working for Japan National Railways after high school, but often went to the movies, including shows of indie and self-produced films.[1] Becoming friends with young directors like Naoto Yamakawa, he left his job in 1990 and went to Tokyo, where he began working as an extra or lighting assistant on films by Naoto Takenaka, Junji Sakamoto, and others.[1] After 1994 he concentrated on acting, eventually achieving fame in dramas like Hero. His first television show in a starring role, Outdoor Rock'n Roll, started broadcasting on BS Asahi in 2014.[2]





  1. ^ a b "Tanaka Yōji". Kinenote (in Japanese). Kinema Junpō. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Makoto, Tanaka (12 June 2014). 勘違い」で俳優の世界に…田中要次. Yomiuri Shinbun (in Japanese). Retrieved 27 September 2014. 

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