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 440,585 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 17 in 2019). Ken Takakura is the 1,271st most popular actor (up from 1,323rd in 2019), the 552nd most popular biography from Japan (up from 580th in 2019) and the 13th most popular Japanese Actor.

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  • 21

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  • 1.98

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  • 3.62

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Among actors, Ken Takakura ranks 1,271 out of 10,030Before him are Charles Durning, James Doohan, Eva Dahlbeck, George Sanders, Daniel Olbrychski, and Peter Vaughan. After him are Karen Black, Patricia Clarkson, Teri Hatcher, Jessica Biel, Jeff Daniels, and Edwige Fenech.

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Among people born in 1931, Ken Takakura ranks 118Before him are Toshiki Kaifu, Josep Lluís Núñez, Leslie Caron, Olympia Dukakis, James Tolkan, and Thorvald Stoltenberg. After him are Rolf Hochhuth, Zeki Müren, Marianne Koch, Juan Goytisolo, Magali Noël, and Peter Collins. Among people deceased in 2014, Ken Takakura ranks 105Before him are Huber Matos, Richard Bull, Carlo Bergonzi, Tommy Ramone, Manitas de Plata, and Larry Scott. After him are Malcolm Glazer, Nicholas Romanov, Prince of Russia, Sabah, Mário Coluna, Ana María Matute, and Björn Waldegård.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Ken Takakura ranks 552 out of 5,560Before him are Tokugawa Ienari (1773), Machiko Kyō (1924), Emperor Go-Ichijō (1008), Tokugawa Ienobu (1662), Hidetoshi Nakata (1977), and Yoshinobu Ishii (1939). After him are Minamoto no Yoshitomo (1123), Nobuo Matsunaga (1921), Emperor Junnin (733), Akiko Wakabayashi (1941), Tokugawa Ieshige (1712), and Ōtani Yoshitsugu (1559).

Among ACTORS In Japan

Among actors born in Japan, Ken Takakura ranks 13Before him are Setsuko Hara (1920), Tatsuya Nakadai (1932), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (1950), Hibari Misora (1937), Hiroyuki Sanada (1960), and Machiko Kyō (1924). After him are Akiko Wakabayashi (1941), Victoria Principal (1950), Sessue Hayakawa (1886), Momoko Kōchi (1932), Kirin Kiki (1943), and Mako (1933).

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