Yusuke Santamaria

Yūsuke Santamaria (ユースケ・サンタマリア?), born Yūsuke Nakayama (中山 裕介 Nakayama Yūsuke?), is an actor and singer born March 12, 1971 in Ōita Ōita Prefecture, Japan who premiered primarily on Japanese networks such as JDTV and JHJ. He was best known for his work on many popular game shows, television programs, and shorts. He is also known simply as "Yūsuke". His last name Santamaria comes from one of his many idols Mongo Santamaría.

Projects:
Santamaria is critically noted with the Japanese screenplay of a movie adaptation of the popular book Flowers for Algernon. Work on this was aided by his previous Cambodian mentor, Peter Sawer, and American playwright James Honzatko. The final movie created was, in turn, made into an animated short comprising two episodes, one in which actor Leo Bird simply screeched within it as an animated character. Attempts at a prolonged animated series failed after five episodes. This failure was turned into a spoof by Honzatko called Flowers for Al with references to Shakira, Christian Hurd's trademark phrase of "yeeeeaah", and small cut scenes where Sean Connery says "kwiiet." He is also credited with many hosting, productions, and appearances on many game shows, none with the success of the Algernon miniseries. His name Yusuke Santamaria comes from one of his many idols Mongo Santamaría.

Other careers:
He worked in the past as a teaching assistant in which he would produce during his free time. Santamaria worked under previously mentioned Peter Sawer, using Sawer's "ownage method", "Humorous Stare down", and "Masterful Hand" in his teachings. Santamaria used to teach when not hired to produce. He also explored writing as an alternate career but returned to filmmaking after only four months in the field.As an animator, he creates art in his spare time including his immensely popular "James" sketch. For a short time he lived in Jamestown, Virginia and worked as a VP at Artists Globally United (AGU). It is rumored that he is working on a project entitled, "Feel Free to Wiggle Around", starring Renee Rockow and Ben King to be shot in his hometown of Kumamoto, Kumamoto, Japan.

The Santamaria Prize:
Santamaria Prize is a coveted award chosen out of almost 2,600 applications for high achievement in the screenplays of movie adaptations. The Santamaria Prize is a foundation created by Sawer and Honzatko to honor Santamaria's lasting achievements in cinema. The first ever winner of the Santamaria prize was Will Kresse for his adaptation of James, a documentary about Santamaria‘s friend and mentor James Honzatko. (Wikipedia)

Drama & Films

Drama

Year
Title
#
Role
Rating
2017
8
Yanagi Rokutaro Main Role
8.0
2017
10
Yabe Takashi Supporting Role
8.0
2017
1
Usui Koichi Main Role
8.3
2016
10
Akamatsu Unknown Role
8.4
2016
9
Takeuchi Shingo Main Role
7.5
2016
5
Hidehiko Hirohashi Main Role
8.0
2015
11
Yoshinori Abiru Supporting Role
8.0
2015
10
Tomari (ep.9) Guest Role
8.0
2014
2
Honiden Matahachi Supporting Role
8.1
2013
1
Jounen Kenichi Supporting Role
8.0
2013
11
Segawa Soichi Supporting Role
7.7
2012
1
Masayoshi Mashita Main Role
N/A
2012
10
Team Leader Supporting Role
6.7
2012
11
Tamiya Junichi (ep. 7) Supporting Role
7.5
2012
8
Miki Kosuke Supporting Role
7.1
2011
8
Tada Kunikazu Supporting Role
7.1
2011
5
Unknown Role
8.0
2011
10
Unknown Role
7.5
2010
11
Guest Role
7.7
2010
29
the writer Main Role
6.9
2009
1
Shinomiya Tatsuya Supporting Role
7.5
2009
7
Unknown Role
7.6
2008
1
Uzaki-sensei (Uzaken) Supporting Role
6.9
2008
9
Omuomu Supporting Role
6.7
2007
1
Unknown Role
7.0
2007
11
Dodoh Hajime Main Role
6.0
2005
1
Nakashima Takuya Main Role
7.0
2004
11
Akiba Tomohiko Main Role
8.2
2003
10
Matsumoto Otaro Main Role
7.7
2002
11
Fujishima Haru Main Role
7.3
2002
11
Takichi (Ep.3) Supporting Role
6.7
2002
11
Omori Toru Main Role
7.1
2001
1
Ohnuki Kazuyuki Main Role
4.5
2001
11
Kato Ken Supporting Role
7.6
2001
11
Intro ep. 1 Guest Role
7.1
2001
12
Unknown Role
6.5
2001
7
Suzuki Main Role
N/A
2000
12
Hanamura Daisuke Main Role
7.0
2000
11
Hirose Koutaro Main Role
7.0
1999
12
Nakanishi Ryota Supporting Role
7.0
1998
12
Nakajima Keita Supporting Role
7.6
1998
1
Mashita Masayoshi Supporting Role
8.0
1998
54
(Ep.2) Guest Role
N/A
1997
1
Masayoshi Mashita Supporting Role
8.2
1997
1
Supporting Role
N/A
1997
11
Mashita Masayoshi Supporting Role
8.1

Films

Year
Title
Role
Rating
2017
Horiguchi Supporting Role
N/A
2017
Horiguchi Supporting Role
N/A
2016
Soichiro Supporting Role
8.1
2015
Producer Main Role
7.3
2015
[Restaurant receptionist] Supporting Role
7.6
2014
Supporting Role
7.5
2013
oshizo/Keisuke Kinoshita's older brother Supporting Role
7.4
2012
racetrack customer Supporting Role
6.7
2012
Mashita Mayayoshi Supporting Role
7.5
2010
Masayoshi Mashita Supporting Role
7.7
2009
Okaji Supporting Role
6.1
2009
Tokita Supporting Role
7.3
2009
Sada Kiyoshi Supporting Role
8.1
2007
Oda Yuji Main Role
7.7
2006
Matsui Kosuke Main Role
7.1
2005
Masayoshi Mashita Main Role
7.0
2003
Kimishima Supporting Role
7.3
2003
Masayoshi Mashita Main Role
7.3
2001
Takashi Supporting Role
7.4
1998
Masayoshi Mashita Main Role
7.5

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Details

  • Name:

    Yusuke Santamaria
  • Native name:

    ユースケサンタマリア
  • Given name:

    Nakayama Yusuke
  • Also Known as:

    中山裕介;
  • Nationality:

    Japanese
  • Gender:

    Male
  • Born:

    March 12, 1971
  • Age:

    46

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