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Ken Ogata

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Ken Ogata (緒形 拳 Ogata Ken, 20 July 1937-5 October 2008) was a Japanese actor. Ogata was born in Tokyo, Japan. Ogata is well known for his roles in Peter Greenaway's The Pillow Book, Paul Schrader's Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters and Shohei Imamura's The Ballad of Narayama. He won the award for best actor at the 26th Blue Ribbon Awards for Okinawan Boys. In television, his starring role as Toyotomi Hideyoshi in the 1965 NHK Taiga drama Taikōki catapulted him to fame. Ken went on to many prominent roles in subsequent programs. The following year, he portrayed Benkei in Minamoto no Yoshitsune. The network tapped him again for the role of Fujiwara no Sumitomo in the 1976 Kaze to Kumo to Niji to. He returned to playing Hideyoshi in the 1978 Ōgon no Hibi, and returned to the lead as Ōishi Kuranosuke in Tōge no Gunzō, the 1982 Chūshingura. Another featured appearance in a Taiga drama was in Taiheiki (1991, as Ashikaga Sadauji, father of Takauji). Mr. Ogata died on October 5, 2008, just days after finishing his role in the production of the Fuji TV drama "Kaze no Garden" (Garden of the Winds), filmed in the rural Furano area of northern Japan. In his final role, Ogata, himself 71 years of age, played a doctor involved in the end-of-life care of elderly patients. His sons Kanta and Naoto Ogata are actors. NHK selected Naoto for the starring role of Oda Nobunaga in the 1992 Taiga drama Nobunaga King of Zipangu; Kanta played Inaba Masakatsu in Aoi Tokugawa Sandai (2000). Description above from the Wikipedia article Ken Ogata, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia​

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Jul 20, 1937 In Tokyo, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Taikouki 1961-01-03
Latest Project:
Series Garden of the Wind 2008-10-09
Known For
Poster of The Hidden Blade
Poster of Lieutenant Ninzaburo Furuhata
Poster of Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
Poster of Vengeance Is Mine
Series Garden of the Wind Teizo Shiratori 2008-10-09
Movie Kitaro and the Millennium Curse Nurarihyon 2008-07-09
Movie Bōshi Shunpei Takayama 2008-08-02
Movie A Long Walk Matsutaro Yasuda 2006-04-01
Movie Love and Honor Magohachiro Kibe 2006-12-01
Movie Granny Gabai Tofu shop owner 2006-06-02
Series Ruri's Island Yuzo Nakama 2005-04-16
Movie The Samurai I Loved Maki Sukezaemon 2005-10-01
Movie Miracle Banana Takashi YAMAMURA 2005-10-01
Movie A Hardest Night!! 2005-10-22
Movie Last Quarter 2004-09-25
Movie Izo 2004-08-21
Movie The Hidden Blade Chief Retainer Hori 2004-10-30
Movie Time Limit 2003-06-25
Movie The Man Who Wipes Mirrors 2003-09-03
Movie 11'09''01 - September 11 Villager (Japan) 2002-09-04
Movie Man Walking on Snow Nobuo Honma 2001-01-01
Movie Film Noir Client 2000-11-04
Series Mouri Motonari 1997-01-05
Movie Gonin 2 Toyama Masamichi 1996-06-29
Movie The Pillow Book The Father 1996-05-12
Series Hachigatsu no Love Song 1996-07-01
Movie Goodbye Japan 1995-09-02
Series Stewardess's Sweetheart 1994-04-12
Series Lieutenant Ninzaburo Furuhata Unknown 1994-04-13
Movie The Dream of Russia Koudayu Daikokuya 1992-06-25
Movie Succession Unknown 1992-08-29
Movie Rainbow Kids Inspector Daigoro Igari 1991-01-15
Movie My Soul Is Slashed Shutaro Ishikawa 1991-06-01
Movie Goodbye Mama Unknown 1991-04-20
Movie Shingo's Ten Duels The narrator 1990-01-01
Movie Company Executives Unknown 1989-06-10
Movie Shogun's Shadow Igo Gyobu 1989-01-14
Movie Zatoichi 1989-02-04
Movie 優駿 ORACION Senzo Wataumi 1988-07-23
Movie Memories of You Unknown 1988-03-05
Movie A Chaos of Flowers Kan Yosano 1988-10-01
Movie The Peacock King Jikû Ajari 1988-12-10
Movie Zegen Iheiji Muraoka 1987-06-02
Movie House on Fire Kazuo Katsura 1986-04-12
Movie Oar Iwago Tomita 1985-01-15
Movie Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters Yukio Mishima (segment "November 25, 1970") 1985-05-15
Movie Tracked Tokichi Sakane 1985-10-26
Movie Ana Toru Mori 1984-03-13
Movie Jugyo Sankan no Onna Kyohei Tasaka 1984-04-28
Movie The Ballad of Narayama Tatsuhei 1983-04-29
Movie The Geisha Katsuzo 1983-09-10
Movie The Catch Fusajiro Kohama 1983-10-29
Movie Okinawan Boys 1983-09-10
Series Toge no Gunzo Yoshio Oishi 1982-01-10
Movie The Dropout Seiji Ohtaki 1982-10-02
Movie Why Not? Furukawa 1981-01-08
Movie Edo Porn Hokusai 1981-09-12
Movie Samurai Reincarnation Musashi Miyamoto 1981-06-06
Movie Shadow Warriors: Hattori Hanzo Koga Shiro Samurai 1980-02-23
Movie The Wicked Unknown 1980-06-28
Movie Virus Prof. Tsuchiya 1980-06-26
Movie Vengeance Is Mine Iwao Enokizu 1979-04-21
Series Ōgon no Hibi Toyotomi Hideyoshi 1978-01-08
Movie The Demon Sokichi Takeshita 1978-10-07
Movie Mount Hakkoda Corporal Murayama 1977-06-04
Movie The Last Samurai Nakamura Hanjiro 1974-09-20
Movie Professional Killers – Assignment by Night Baian Fujieda 1974-02-16
Movie The Castle of Sand Kenichi Miki 1974-10-19
Movie Professional Killers – Assassin's Quarry Baian Fujieda 1973-09-29
Movie Samurai Banners 1969-03-01
Movie Farewell, My Beloved Unknown 1969-02-21
Movie Lady with Seven Faces Scholar 1969-06-21
Movie The Sex Check Unknown 1968-06-01
Movie The House of Wooden Blocks 1968-10-30
Series Minamoto no Yoshitsune Musashibo Benkei 1966-01-02
Series Taikouki Toyotomi no Hideyoshi 1961-01-03