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Keiju Kobayashi

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Keiju Kobayashi (23 November 1923–16 September 2010) was a Japanese actor. Born in Gunma Prefecture, he began acting at the Nikkatsu studio after dropping out of Nihon University and made his film debut in 1942. In a career that spanned 65 years, he appeared in over 250 films, most famously in the "Company President" (Shachō) comedy films made at Toho, where he worked alongside Hisaya Morishige, Daisuke Kato, Norihei Miki, and others. There he helped define the popular image of the postwar salaryman. He also won many awards for his acting, including best actor awards at the Mainichi Film Awards for The Naked General in 1958 (where he played Kiyoshi Yamashita), for Kuroi gashū in 1960, and for The Elegant Life of Mr Everyman in 1963. Kobayashi appeared in films made by such notable directors as Akira Kurosawa, Yasujirō Ozu, Mikio Naruse, and Kihachi Okamoto. He continued to give powerful performances after largely moving to television in the late 1960s. He died on 16 September 2010 of heart failure at the age of 86. Description above from the Wikipedia article Keiju Kobayashi, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

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Nov 23, 1923 In Gunma, Japan
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Tiger of Malaya 1943-06-24
Latest Project:
Movie Nagasaki 1945 ~ The Angelus Bells 2005-09-09
Known For
Poster of Godzilla 1985
Poster of Waves of Spring
Poster of I Hear the Whistle
Poster of Sanjuro
Movie Nagasaki 1945 ~ The Angelus Bells Narrator 2005-09-09
Movie Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create: The Hidden Fortress Interviewee 2002-10-25
Movie Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create: Sanjuro Interviewee 2002-10-25
Movie Inspector Muta's Incident Files: Yokohama to Kushiro Field. The Mystery of the Triple Murder That Only Marimo Knows. Inspector Muta 2001-02-24
Movie One Summer's Day Kenshiro Ooi 1999-07-03
Movie The Case Files of Detective Superintendent Muta 25 - The Case of the Woman Who Slayed at Lake Toya 1998-08-08
Movie To Love Kamijo 1997-10-04
Movie Whisper of the Heart Shiro Nishi (voice) 1995-07-15
Movie Tasmania Story 1990-06-21
Movie Yawara! Jigoro inokuma 1989-04-15
Movie A Taxing Woman 1987-02-07
Movie The Gentlemen’s Alliance 1986-12-13
Movie For Business Mihara 1986-08-22
Movie Tree Without Leaves Hatsu-rojin 1986-11-15
Series Waves of Spring 1985-01-06
Movie Godzilla 1985 Prime Minister Mitamura 1985-07-26
Movie The Return of Godzilla Prime Minister Seiki Mitamura 1984-12-15
Movie Okinawan Boys 1983-09-10
Movie L・O・V・I・N・G 1983-12-24
Movie The Imperial Navy Isoroku Yamamoto 1981-08-08
Movie White Love Keisuke Uemura 1979-08-03
Movie Mount Hakkoda 1977-06-04
Series Wind, Clouds, and Rainbow Taira no Yoshimasa 1976-01-04
Movie Love and Separation in Sri Lanka 1976-05-29
Movie Tora-san, the Intellectual 1975-12-27
Series Japan Sinks 田所雄介博士 1974-10-06
Movie Submersion of Japan Dr. Tadokoro (D-1 Project Leader) 1973-12-29
Movie The Battle of Okinawa General Ushijima 1971-08-14
Movie I Hear the Whistle Takashi Sugimoto 1971-09-24
Movie The Ambitious Yoshinosuke Saigo 1970-02-14
Movie The Militarists Premier Hideki Tojo 1970-09-11
Movie Shinsengumi: Assassins of Honor Toshizo Hijikata 1969-12-05
Movie Young Challengers Junpei Namikawa 1968-10-12
Movie The Thin Line Isao Tashiro 1966-02-12
Movie The Daphne Ooka (Umeko's husband) 1966-10-01
Movie Challenge for Glory 1966-10-18
Movie President Ninpocho Unknown 1965-01-03
Movie Beast Alley 1965-09-05
Movie Samurai Assassin Einosuke Kurihara 1965-01-03
Movie Shachō shinshiroku 1964-01-03
Movie Hello, Baby! Unknown 1964-03-20
Movie Pressure of Guilt 1963-02-17
Movie The Elegant Life of Mr. Everyman Unknown 1963-11-16
Movie Mother Country 1962-04-29
Movie Sanjuro The Spy 1962-01-01
Movie Three Gentlemen from Tokyo Unknown 1962-04-29
Movie The Wiser Age Jiro Ishikawa 1962-01-14
Movie A Wanderer's Notebook Fujiyama 1962-09-29
Movie 47 Ronin Awajinokami Wakisake (Lord Awaji) 1962-11-03
Movie Born in Sin 1962-11-23
Movie My Hobo Junpei Shishido 1962-11-23
Movie The Masterless 47 – Part II 1961-02-25
Movie Happiness of Us Alone Michio Katayama 1961-01-15
Movie Acchan no bebi gyangu 1961-09-17
Movie The End of Summer Hisao, Fumiko's husband 1961-10-29
Movie Snow in the South Seas 1961-09-29
Movie 3 Dolls and Baby Gang 1961-12-09
Movie The Lost Alibi Teiichiro Ishino 1960-03-13
Movie Storm Over the Pacific Unknown 1960-04-26
Movie The Naked General 1958-10-28
Movie Makeraremasen katsumadewa 1958-01-09
Movie Shachō sandai ki 1958-01-03
Movie Summer Clouds Hatsuji 1958-09-02
Movie Little Peach Tayama 1958-05-13
Movie Price of Beauty 1957-03-13
Movie Sequel to the President 1956-03-20
Movie Hesokuri Shachô Shin'ichi Komori 1956-01-03
Movie The President's Boss 1956-01-03
Movie Sudden Rain Nenkichi Imazato (the man next door) 1956-01-14
Movie The President Talks Bank Unknown 1956-03-20
Movie Harikiri President 1956-07-13
Movie A Wife's Heart 1956-05-03
Movie Night School Night time teacher 1956-04-18
Movie Here Is a Spring 1955-02-12
Movie The First Kiss 1955-09-21
Movie Their Father's Wife Unknown 1953-05-27
Movie Adolescence Part II (uncredited) 1953-07-01
Movie Husband and Wife Shigekichi Hayakawa 1953-01-22
Movie My Wonderful Yellow Car Drunken man A 1953-01-15
Movie Mr. Pu 1953-04-14
Movie Youth of Heiji Senigata Unknown 1953-08-19
Movie Red Light Base School Teacher Uenishi 1953-12-08
Movie Eagle of the Pacific Staff Officer (uncredited) 1953-10-20
Movie Girls in the Orchard Unknown 1953-09-15
Movie Dimple of Tokyo 1952-07-15
Movie Mr. Lucky 若原俊平 1952-02-02
Movie Tokyo Sweetheart Unknown 1952-07-15
Movie Clothes of Deception 1951-01-13
Movie Meeting of the Ghost of Apres-Guerre Unknown 1951-08-03
Movie Repast Shinzo Murata, Michiyo's brother 1951-11-23
Movie Tsuki yori no haha Kenji 1951-08-24
Movie Resurrection Kunihiko Murai 1950-06-10
Movie The Rainbow Man Ryôsuke Akashi 1949-07-18
Movie The Tiger of Malaya Hassan 1943-06-24