Ken Takakura

1931 - 2014

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Ken Takakura (Japanese: 高倉 健, Hepburn: Takakura Ken), born Goichi Oda (小田 剛一, Oda Gōichi, February 16, 1931 – November 10, 2014), was a Japanese actor and singer who appeared in over 200 films. Affectionately referred to as "Ken-san" by audiences, he was best known for his brooding style and the stoic presence he brought to his roles. He won the Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role four times, more than any other actor. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ken Takakura has received more than 599,624 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia. Ken Takakura is the 1,417th most popular actor (down from 1,216th in 2019), the 579th most popular biography from Japan (down from 462nd in 2019) and the 19th most popular Japanese Actor.

Memorability Metrics

  • 600k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 56.52

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 22

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 2.28

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.61

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among actors, Ken Takakura ranks 1,417 out of 13,578Before him are DeForest Kelley, Martin Freeman, Joss Ackland, Will Ferrell, Ulrich Mühe, and Claire Bloom. After him are Lil Dagover, Craig T. Nelson, Jon Favreau, Joan Bennett, Tony Sirico, and Sean Harris.

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Among people born in 1931, Ken Takakura ranks 133Before him are Haya Harareet, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Uri Orlev, Colin Wilson, Shadia, and Claire Bloom. After him are Rip Torn, John Milnor, Pierre Nora, Hirokazu Kanazawa, Kang Song-san, and Yevdokiya Mekshilo. Among people deceased in 2014, Ken Takakura ranks 110Before him are Ramón José Velásquez, Leo Tindemans, Manitas de Plata, Serge Moscovici, Vasily Petrov, and Shulamit Aloni. After him are Marina Ginestà, Alice Herz-Sommer, Alice Babs, Carlos Páez Vilaró, Igor Mitoraj, and Edward Herrmann.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Ken Takakura ranks 579 out of 6,245Before him are Emperor Murakami (926), Masaaki Hatsumi (1931), Koji Funamoto (1942), Yasukazu Tanaka (1933), Masako Nozawa (1936), and Mitsuko Uchida (1948). After him are Kinjiro Shimizu (null), Eiji Tsuburaya (1901), Yamada Nagamasa (1590), Ōtani Yoshitsugu (1559), Nitobe Inazō (1862), and Kenwa Mabuni (1889).

Among ACTORS In Japan

Among actors born in Japan, Ken Takakura ranks 19Before him are Akiko Wakabayashi (1941), Kōji Yakusho (1956), Victoria Principal (1950), Momoko Kōchi (1932), Hibari Misora (1937), and Masako Nozawa (1936). After him are Tetsuko Kuroyanagi (1933), Kinuyo Tanaka (1909), Machiko Kyō (1924), Mayumi Tanaka (1955), Shintaro Katsu (1931), and Mie Hama (1943).

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