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Sonny Chiba

1939 - 2021

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Shinichi Chiba (Japanese: 千葉 真一, Hepburn: Chiba Shin'ichi, born Sadaho Maeda; 22 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. He also practiced gymnastics and participated at the National Sports Festival of Japan in his third year. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sonny Chiba has received more than 1,601,415 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Sonny Chiba is the 319th most popular actor (up from 624th in 2019), the 71st most popular biography from Japan (up from 170th 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.

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  • 34

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Among actors, Sonny Chiba ranks 319 out of 9,996Before him are Martin Landau, Harold Lloyd, Walter Matthau, William Holden, Virna Lisi, and Reese Witherspoon. After him are Kevin Spacey, Mia Farrow, Ed Harris, Hugh Grant, Kim Novak, and Lon Chaney.

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Among people born in 1939, Sonny Chiba ranks 25Before him are Karel Gott, Richard Kiel, Ada Yonath, Ralph Lauren, F. Murray Abraham, and Laurent-Désiré Kabila. After him are Clay Regazzoni, Valeriy Lobanovskyi, Peter Grünberg, John Cleese, Tzvetan Todorov, and Aníbal Cavaco Silva. Among people deceased in 2021, Sonny Chiba ranks 26Before him are Bernie Madoff, Betty White, Aaron T. Beck, Nathalie Delon, Wilbur Smith, and Richard Rogers. After him are Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, Lars Vilks, Donald Rumsfeld, Carlos Menem, Anne Rice, and Abimael Guzmán.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Sonny Chiba ranks 71 out of 6,048Before him are Natsume Sōseki (1867), Liv Ullmann (1938), Uesugi Kenshin (1530), Date Masamune (1567), Kazuo Ishiguro (1954), and Fumio Kishida (1957). After him are Hideki Yukawa (1907), Kenzō Tange (1913), Tōgō Heihachirō (1848), Shirō Ishii (1892), Emperor Go-Momozono (1758), and Tokugawa Yoshinobu (1837).

Among ACTORS In Japan

Among actors born in Japan, Sonny Chiba ranks 4Before him are Olivia de Havilland (1916), Joan Fontaine (1917), and Liv Ullmann (1938). After him are Ken Watanabe (1959), Takashi Shimura (1905), Hiroyuki Sanada (1960), Setsuko Hara (1920), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (1950), Tatsuya Nakadai (1932), Masako Nozawa (1936), and Ken Takakura (1931).

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