Tomisaburo Wakayama

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Tomisaburō Wakayama
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Wakayama appearing as Ogami Ittō in
the Lone Wolf and Cub movie series
Born
Masaru Okumura

(1929-09-01)September 1, 1929
DiedApril 2, 1992(1992-04-02) (aged 62)
Kyoto, Japan
OccupationActor
Years active1955–1991
Spouse(s)Reiko Fujiwara (1963–1965)[ citation needed ]

Tomisaburō Wakayama (若山 富三郎, Wakayama Tomisaburō, September 1, 1929 – April 2, 1992), born Masaru Okumura (奥村 勝), [1] was a Japanese actor best known for playing Ogami Ittō, the scowling, 19th century ronin warrior in the six Lone Wolf and Cub samurai movies. [1] [2]

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Biography

Wakayama was born on September 1, 1929, in Fukagawa, a district in Tokyo, Japan. [1] His father was Minoru Okumura (奥村 実), a noted kabuki performer and nagauta singer who went by the stage name Katsutōji Kineya (杵屋 勝東治), [3] [1] and the family as a whole were kabuki performers. He and his younger brother, Shintaro Katsu, followed their father in the theater. [1] Wakayama tired of this; at the age of 13, he began to study judo, eventually achieving the rank of 4th dan black belt in the art. [1]

In 1952, as part of the Azuma Kabuki troupe, Wakayama toured the United States of America for nine months. [2] He gave up theater performance completely after his two-year term with the troupe was over. [1] Wakayama taught judo until Toho recruited him as a new martial arts star in their jidaigeki movies. [1] He prepared for these movies by practicing other disciplines, including kenpō, iaidō, kendo, and bōjutsu. [1] All this helped him for roles in the television series The Mute Samurai , [3] the 1975 television series Shokin Kasegi (The Bounty Hunter), [3] and his most famous role: Ogami Ittō, the Lone Wolf.

Wakayama went on to star in many films, performing in a variety of roles. It has been estimated that he appeared in between 250 and 500 films. [3] His only roles in American movies were as a baseball coach in The Bad News Bears Go to Japan (1978) and as a yakuza boss, Sugai, in Ridley Scott's Black Rain (1989) that delivers a memorable English monologue that becomes a defining moment for the film, and the film's title. [3] [4]

Wakayama died of acute heart failure on April 2, 1992, in a hospital in Kyoto. [1] [3] He was survived by a son, Kiichirō Wakayama (若山 騎一郎) born in 1964, also an actor. [5]

Filmography

Film

Wakayama appeared in the following films, amongst others.

1955–1959

1960-1969

  • Hibari no mori no ishimatsu (1960) - Shimizu No Jirocho - Boss Of The Tokaido
  • Tenpô rokkasen - Jigoku no hanamichi (1960)
  • Jirochô kesshôki: Nagurikomi kôjinyama (1960) - Okita Soji
  • Tenryu haha koi gasa (1960)
  • Shoretsu shinsengumi - bakumatsu no doran (1960) - Okita Soji
  • Oja kissa (1960)
  • Ninkyo Nakasendo (1960) - Omasa
  • Hibari Juhachiban Benten Kozo (1960)
  • Hachisu chikemuri gasa (1961)
  • Yami ni warau tekkamen (1961)
  • Tekka Daimyo ("Lord of Steel Heart") (1961)
  • Ghost of Oiwa (1961)
  • Megitsune henge (1961)
  • Kengo tengu matsuri (1961) - Iishiro Shurinosuke
  • Kaidan Oiwa no borei (1961) - Tamiya Iemon
  • Charinko kaido (1961)
  • Kisaragi musô ken (1962) - Hayatomasa Tachibana
  • Seizoroi kanhasshu (1962)
  • Zatoichi 2 (1962) [3] - Nagisa no Yoshirō (credited as Jō Kenzaburō)
  • Ninja 1 (1962) - Oda Nobunaga
  • Love for a Mother (1962)
  • Shinsengumi shimatsuki (1963) - Isami Kondô
  • Teuchi (1963) - Shindo Genjiro
  • Kaidan onibi no numa (1963) - Saburôta Nishina
  • Ninja 2 (1963) - Oda Nobunaga
  • Ninja 3 (1963) - Oda Nobunaga
  • Maiko to ansatsusha (1963)
  • Yôsô (1963) - Prime Minister
  • Sleepy Eyes of Death: The Chinese Jade (1963) - Chen Sun
  • Hana no kodokan (1963)
  • Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold (1964) [3] - Jushiro
  • Shinobi no mono: Zoku Kirigakure Saizô (1964) - Sanada Yukimura
  • Meiji taitei goichidaiki (1964) - Soldier charging Chinese fortress
  • Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Seduction (1964) - Chen Sun
  • Ninja 4 (1964) - Sanada Yukimura
  • Gaijin bôchi no ketto (1964)
  • Kojiki taishō (1964)
  • Virgin Witnessed (1966) - Gyôshun
  • A Brave Generous Era (1966)
  • Ôtazune mono shichinin (1966)
  • Fraternal Honor: Three Brothers of Kanto (1966) - Akoshima Isamu
  • Bakuchiuchi ("The Gambler) (1967) [6]
  • Zoku Toseinin (1967) - Sakamoto
  • Toseinin (1967) - Hirose
  • Hokkai yûkyôden (1967)
  • Choueki juhachi-nen: kari shutsugoku (1967)
  • Choueki juhachi-nen (1967)
  • Bakuchi uchi (1967) - Ozeki Isamu
  • Zenka mono (1968)
  • Kaettekita gokudo (1968) - Shimamura Seikichi
  • Ikasama bakuchi (1968)
  • Hibotan bakuto ("Red Peony Gambler") (1968) [7] - Torakichi Kumasaka
  • Jinsei-gekijô: Hishakaku to kiratsune (1968)
  • Hibotan bakuto: Isshuku ippan (1968) - Torakichi Kumazaka
  • Bakuto retsuden (1968) - Adachi Sanji
  • Yôen dokufu-den hannya no ohyaku (1968) - Boss Minokichi of Otowa
  • Otoko no shobu: byakko no tetsu (1968)
  • Kyôdai jingi gyakuen no sakazuki (1968)
  • Heitai gokudo (1968)
  • Ballad of Murder (1968)
  • Gokudo (1968) - Shimamura Seikichi
  • Wicked Priest (1968) - Mikuni Shinkai
  • Daigashi (1968)
  • Bakuchi-uchi: Socho tobaku (1968) - Tetsuo Matsuda
  • Nunnery Confidential (1968)
  • Hibotan bakuto: Hanafuda shôbu (1969) - Torakichi Kumasaka
  • Tabi ni deta gokudo (1969) - Shimamura Seikichi
  • Quick-draw Okatsu (1969) - Bounty hunter
  • Shokin kasegi (1969) - Ling Fung
  • Hissatsu bakuchi-uchi (1969)
  • Red Peony: The Hanafuda Game (1969)
  • Memoir of Japanese Assassins (1969)
  • Gonin no Shôkin Kasegi (1969) - Ichibei Shikoro
  • Tosei-nin Retsuden (1969) - Kaku
  • Boss (1969) [8] - Sakata Yoshinobu
  • Nihon boryoku-dan: Kumicho (1969) - Miyahara
  • Matteita gokudo (1969) - Shimamura Seikichi
  • Gorotsuki butai (1969)
  • Gokudô bôzu: Nenbutsu hitokiri tabi (1969)
  • Gendai yakuza: Yotamono no okite (1969)
  • Chôeki san kyôdai (1969)

1970–1979

  • Hibotan bakuto: Oryû sanjô (1970) - Torakichi Kumasaka
  • Bakuchi-uchi: Nagaremono (1970) - Yoshii Yusaku
  • Nippon dabi katsukyu (1970)
  • Saigo no tokkôtai (1970)
  • Gokuaku bozu hitokiri kazoe uta (1970) - Shinkai
  • Blind Yakuza Monk (1970) - Dr. Mitamura
  • Thugs of Shinjuku (1970) - Senior yakuza at funeral (uncredited)
  • Shiruku hatto no ô-oyabun: Chobi-hige no kuma (1970)
  • Shiruku hatto no ô-oyabun (1970)
  • Shin Abashiri Bangaichi: Fubuki no Hagure Okami (1970)
  • Sengo hiwa, hoseki ryakudatsu (1970)
  • Nihon boryoku-dan: Kumicho kuzure (1970)
  • Hakurai jingi: Kapone no shatei (1970)
  • Gokudo kyojo tabi (1970) - Shimamura Seikichi
  • Gokudo Kamagasaki ni kaeru (1970) - Shimamura Seikichi
  • Gokuaku bozu nenbutsu sandangiri (1970) - Shinkai
  • Underground Syndicate (1970)
  • Sympathy for the Underdog (1971) - Yonabaru - Koza downtown boss
  • A Boss with the Samurai Spirit (1971) - Capone
  • Bakuchi-uchi: Inochi-huda (1971) - Kobayashi Kanji
  • Gokuaku bozu - Nomu utsu kau (1971)
  • Nihon yakuza-den: Sôchiyô e no michi (1971) - Torakichi Ohmatsu
  • Hibotan bakuto: Oinochi itadaki masu (1971) - Torakichi Kumasaka
  • Kaoyaku (1971) - Hoshino
  • Nippon akuninden (1971) - Kumai
  • Nihon aku nin den (1971)
  • Kizudarake no seishun (1971) - Mihashi Tetsuo
  • Boryokudan sai buso (1971)
  • Bakuto kirikomi-tai (1971) - Yano
  • Akû oyabûn tai daigashî (1971)
  • Hibotan bakuto: Jingi tooshimasu (1972)
  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972) [3] [9] - Ogami Ittō
  • Kizu darake jinsei furui do de gonzansu (1972)
  • Cherry Blossom Fire Gang (1972) - Master Kofusai Donju
  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972) [3] [10] - Ogami Ittō
  • Gokudo makari touru (1972) - Shimamura Seikichi
  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades (1972) [3] - Ogami Ittō
  • Kînagashî hyâkunîn (1972)
  • Shôkin kubi: Isshun hachi-nin giri (1972)
  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril (1972) [3] - Ogami Ittō
  • Nihon Aku Nin Den: Jigoku No Michizure (1972)
  • Bakuchi-uchi Gaiden (1972)
  • Sakura no Daimon (1973)
  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons (1973) [3] - Ogami Itto
  • Kamagasaki gokudo (1973) - Shimamura Seikichi, movie star
  • Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell (1974) [3] [11] - Ogami Itto
  • Gokudo VS Mamushi (1974)
  • Datsugoku Hiroshima satsujinshû (1974) - Okamoto Seijiro
  • New Battles Without Honor and Humanity (1974) - Aoki Naotake
  • ESPY (1974) - Ulrov
  • Gokudo VS furyô banchô (1974) - Shimamura Seikichi
  • Gotô hoka sâtsujin shû (1975)
  • Bôryoku kinmyaku (1975)
  • Yukâi na gokudo (1976)
  • Akuma no temari-uta (1977) - Inspector Isokawa
  • Devil's Bouncing Ball Song (1977) - Tatsuo Honda
  • Sugata Sanshiro (1977) - Murai
  • Torakku yarô: Otoko ippiki momojirô (1977)
  • The Bad News Bears Go to Japan (1978) [9] - Coach Shimizu
  • Hi no Tori ("The Phoenix") (1978) - Sarutahaiko, General of the Yamatai
  • Oh My Son (1979) - Shuzo Kawase
  • Distant Tomorrow (1979) - Iwasa

1980–1989

1990

Television

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