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Ken Takakura

1931 - 2014

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Ken Takakura (高倉 健, 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 469,461 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Ken Takakura is the 1,220th most popular actor (up from 1,271st in 2019), the 464th most popular biography from Japan (up from 552nd in 2019) and the 12th most popular Japanese Actor.

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  • 22

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  • 2.17

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  • 3.68

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Among actors, Ken Takakura ranks 1,220 out of 9,996Before him are Mark Margolis, Stacy Keach, Lucy Lawless, Dharmendra, John Lone, and Julian Glover. After him are Daniel Olbrychski, Shilpa Shetty, Ida Kamińska, Claude Brasseur, Jack Warden, and Fred Willard.

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Among people born in 1931, Ken Takakura ranks 113Before him are Colin Wilson, Josep Lluís Núñez, Zeki Müren, Ferenc Mádl, Augusto Boal, and John Charles. After him are Ivan Klíma, Masaaki Hatsumi, Juan Goytisolo, Hiroto Muraoka, Claire Bloom, and Silvia Pinal. Among people deceased in 2014, Ken Takakura ranks 91Before him are Serge Moscovici, Johnny Winter, Jean-Luc Dehaene, Vasily Petrov, Menahem Golan, and Rubin Carter. After him are Go Seigen, Valeri Kubasov, Igor Mitoraj, Alicia Rhett, Nicholas Romanov, Prince of Russia, and David Easton.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Ken Takakura ranks 464 out of 6,048Before him are Yanosuke Watanabe (null), Ken Noritake (1922), Minamoto no Yoshitomo (1123), Masako Nozawa (1936), Tokugawa Ietsuna (1641), and Junji Kawano (1945). After him are Matsukata Masayoshi (1835), Mitsumasa Yonai (1880), Emperor Go-Ichijō (1008), Masaaki Hatsumi (1931), Hideyo Noguchi (1876), and Eisai (1141).

Among ACTORS In Japan

Among actors born in Japan, Ken Takakura ranks 12Before him are Takashi Shimura (1905), Hiroyuki Sanada (1960), Setsuko Hara (1920), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (1950), Tatsuya Nakadai (1932), and Masako Nozawa (1936). After him are Hibari Misora (1937), Machiko Kyō (1924), Akiko Wakabayashi (1941), Kinuyo Tanaka (1909), Mako (1933), and Sessue Hayakawa (1886).

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