Takashi Shimura

1905 - 1982

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Takashi Shimura (志村 喬, Shimura Takashi, March 12, 1905 – February 11, 1982) was a Japanese actor who appeared in over 200 films between 1934 and 1981. He appeared in 21 of Akira Kurosawa's 30 films (more than any other actor), including as a lead actor in Drunken Angel (1948), Rashomon (1950), Ikiru (1952) and Seven Samurai (1954). He played Professor Kyohei Yamane in Ishirō Honda's original Godzilla (1954) and its first sequel, Godzilla Raids Again (1955). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Takashi Shimura has received more than 687,282 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Takashi Shimura is the 679th most popular actor (up from 687th in 2019), the 221st most popular biography from Japan (down from 204th in 2019) and the 7th most popular Japanese Actor.

Takashi Shimura is most famous for his role as the priest in the film "The Seven Samurai."

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Among actors, Takashi Shimura ranks 679 out of 13,578Before him are Tyrone Power, Sandra Milo, Björn Andrésen, Edna Purviance, Inger Nilsson, and Anne Hathaway. After him are Uma Thurman, Hugo Weaving, André Antoine, Ethan Hawke, Cléo de Mérode, and Maureen O'Hara.

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Among people born in 1905, Takashi Shimura ranks 44Before him are Franz Ziereis, George H. Hitchings, Albrecht Mertz von Quirnheim, Pierre Gemayel, Fred Trump, and Severo Ochoa. After him are Princess Margarita of Greece and Denmark, Jean Vigo, Lale Andersen, Prince John of the United Kingdom, Emmanuel Mounier, and Nevill Francis Mott. Among people deceased in 1982, Takashi Shimura ranks 52Before him are Walter Hallstein, Peter Weiss, Vladimir K. Zworykin, Gershom Scholem, E. H. Carr, and Sobhuza II. After him are Thelonious Monk, Eduardo Frei Montalva, Mario Del Monaco, Vinoba Bhave, Philip Noel-Baker, and Alma Reville.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Takashi Shimura ranks 221 out of 6,245Before him are Emperor Hanzei (336), Emperor Chūai (149), Tsugumi Ohba (1950), Emperor Go-Kashiwabara (1464), Emperor Shōkō (1401), and Empress Jingū (169). After him are Emperor Sutoku (1119), Emperor Kenzō (450), Osamu Shimomura (1928), Kyu Sakamoto (1941), Emperor Ankō (401), and Prince Naruhiko Higashikuni (1887).

Among ACTORS In Japan

Among actors born in Japan, Takashi Shimura ranks 7Before him are Olivia de Havilland (1916), Liv Ullmann (1938), Mako (1933), Sonny Chiba (1939), Joan Fontaine (1917), and Ken Watanabe (1959). After him are Setsuko Hara (1920), Hiroyuki Sanada (1960), Tatsuya Nakadai (1932), Sessue Hayakawa (1886), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (1950), and Akiko Wakabayashi (1941).

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