Sonny Chiba

1939 - 2021

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Shinichi Chiba (Japanese: 千葉 真一, Hepburn: Chiba Shin'ichi, born Sadaho Maeda; 23 January 1939 – 19 August 2021), known internationally as Sonny Chiba, was a Japanese actor and martial artist. Chiba was one of the first actors to achieve stardom through his skills in martial arts, initially in Japan and later before an international audience. Born in Fukuoka, Chiba played a variety of sports in high school, including baseball and volleyball. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sonny Chiba has received more than 2,533,898 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Sonny Chiba is the 289th most popular actor (up from 318th in 2019), the 74th most popular biography from Japan (down from 71st in 2019) and the 4th most popular Japanese Actor.

Sonny Chiba is most famous for his karate skills and his starring roles in the "Street Fighter" and "Kill Bill" movies.

Memorability Metrics

  • 2.5M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 66.51

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 36

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 4.75

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.16

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among actors, Sonny Chiba ranks 289 out of 13,578Before him are Pola Negri, Nathalie Delon, Michael Keaton, Farrah Fawcett, Rudolph Valentino, and Sophie Marceau. After him are Anthony Perkins, Thespis, Jeff Bridges, Tobin Bell, Janet Leigh, and Ernest Borgnine.

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Among people born in 1939, Sonny Chiba ranks 24Before him are Valeriy Lobanovskyi, Karel Gott, Margaret Atwood, Ralph Lauren, Peter Grünberg, and George Lazenby. After him are Laurent-Désiré Kabila, Jackie Stewart, Michèle Mercier, Richard Kiel, Marie Laforêt, and John Cleese. Among people deceased in 2021, Sonny Chiba ranks 24Before him are Bernard Tapie, Roh Tae-woo, Paul J. Crutzen, Abolhassan Banisadr, Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, and Nathalie Delon. After him are Jacques Rogge, Hans Küng, Martinus J. G. Veltman, Colin Powell, Richard R. Ernst, and Donald Rumsfeld.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Sonny Chiba ranks 74 out of 6,245Before him are Kenzō Tange (1913), Fumio Kishida (1957), Akira Toriyama (1955), Uesugi Kenshin (1530), Shirō Ishii (1892), and Date Masamune (1567). After him are Kazuo Ishiguro (1954), Utamaro (1753), Dōgen (1200), Tomoe Gozen (1157), Nichiren (1222), and Emperor Annei (-577).

Among ACTORS In Japan

Among actors born in Japan, Sonny Chiba ranks 4Before him are Olivia de Havilland (1916), Liv Ullmann (1938), and Mako (1933). After him are Joan Fontaine (1917), Ken Watanabe (1959), Takashi Shimura (1905), Setsuko Hara (1920), Hiroyuki Sanada (1960), Tatsuya Nakadai (1932), Sessue Hayakawa (1886), and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (1950).

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