Wakayama Tomisaburo

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  • First Name: Masao
  • Family Name: Okumura
  • Native name: 若山富三郎
  • Also Known as: Kenzaburo Jo;
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: September 1, 1929
  • Died: April 2, 1992

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Wakayama Tomisaburo

  • Name: Wakayama Tomisaburo
  • Native name: 若山富三郎
  • Given name: Okumura Masao
  • Also Known as: Kenzaburo Jo;
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: September 1, 1929
  • Died: April 2, 1992
Wakayama was born on September 1, 1929, in Fukagawa, a district in Tokyo, Japan. His father was Tohiji Katsu (or Katsutōji Kineya), a noted kabuki performer and nagauta singer, and the family as a whole were kabuki performers. He and his younger brother, Shintaro Katsu, followed their father in the theater. Wakayama tired of this; at the age of 13, he began to study judo, eventually achieving the rank of 4th dan black belt in the art.
In 1952, as part of the Azuma Kabuki troupe, Wakayama toured the United States of America for nine months. He gave up theater performance completely after his two-year term with the troupe was over. Wakayama taught judo until Toho recruited him as a new martial arts star in their jidaigeki movies. He prepared for these movies by practicing other disciplines, including kenpō, iaidō, kendo, and bōjutsu. All this helped him for roles in the television series The Mute Samurai, the 1975 television series Shokin Kasegi (The Bounty Hunter), and his most famous role: Ogami Ittō, the Lone Wolf.
Wakayama went on to star in many films, performing in a variety of roles. It has been estimated that he appeared in between 250 and 500 films. His only roles in American movies were as a baseball coach in The Bad News Bears Go to Japan (1978) and as a yakuza boss, Sugai, in Ridley Scott's Black Rain (1989).
Wakayama died of acute heart failure on April 2, 1992, in a hospital in Kyoto. He was survived by a son, Kiichiro Wakayama (born c. 1965), also an actor.

(Source: Wikipedia)
Movie
Year Title Role Rating
1990 Lady Kasuga
Japanese Movie, 1990,
(Support Role)
Support Role
7.0
1989 Company Executives
Japanese Movie, 1989,
Otagaki Kazuo (Support Role)
Otagaki Kazuo
Support Role
7.0
1989 Company-Sponsored Funeral
Japanese Movie, 1989,
Kazuo Otagaki (Support Role)
Kazuo Otagaki
Support Role
0.0
1984 Shura no Mure
Japanese Movie, 1984,
Masajiro (Support Role)
Masajiro
Support Role
0.0
1983 Theater of Life
Japanese Movie, 1983,
(Support Role)
Support Role
0.0
1982 Seiha
Japanese Movie, 1982,
(Support Role)
Support Role
0.0
1981 Samurai Reincarnation
Japanese Movie, 1981,
Lord Tajima (Support Role)
Lord Tajima
Support Role
7.2
1981 Flames of Blood
Japanese Movie, 1981,
(Support Role)
Support Role
7.0
1978 The Phoenix
Japanese Movie, 1978,
Sarutahiko (Main Role)
Sarutahiko
Main Role
7.5
1977 Beast In The Shadows
Japanese Movie, 1977,
Honda Michio (Support Role)
Honda Michio
Support Role
0.0
1975 The Violent Money Network
Japanese Movie, 1975,
(Support Role)
Support Role
0.0
1975 Under the Blossoming Cherry Trees
Japanese Movie, 1975,
(Main Role)
Main Role
6.5
1974 ESPY
Japanese Movie, 1974,
Ulrov (Support Role)
Ulrov
Support Role
7.0
1974 Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell
Japanese Movie, 1974,
Ogami Itto (Main Role)
Ogami Itto
Main Role
7.5
1973 Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons
Japanese Movie, 1973,
Ogami Itto (Main Role)
Ogami Itto
Main Role
7.7
1973 Kamagasaki Gokudou
Japanese Movie, 1973,
(Main Role)
Main Role
0.0
1972 Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril
Japanese Movie, 1972,
Ogami Itto (Main Role)
Ogami Itto
Main Role
7.6
1972 Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades
Japanese Movie, 1972,
Ogami Itto (Main Role)
Ogami Itto
Main Role
7.3
1972 Bakuchiuchi Gaiden
Japanese Movie, 1972,
Ohmuro Yahachi (Support Role)
Ohmuro Yahachi
Support Role
0.0
1972 Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx
Japanese Movie, 1972,
Ogami Itto (Main Role)
Ogami Itto
Main Role
7.8
1972 Cherry Blossom Fire Gang
Japanese Movie, 1972,
(Support Role)
Support Role
0.0
1972 Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance
Japanese Movie, 1972,
Ogami itto (Main Role)
Ogami itto
Main Role
8.1
1971 Red Peony Gambler 7: Here to Kill You
Japanese Movie, 1971,
Kumasaka Torakichi (Main Role)
Kumasaka Torakichi
Main Role
7.2
1970 Saigo no Tokkotai
Japanese Movie, 1970,
(Support Role)
Support Role
7.0
1970 Desperate Journey
Japanese Movie, 1970,
Shimamura Seikichi (Main Role)
Shimamura Seikichi
Main Role
0.0
1970 A Boss with a Mustache
Japanese Movie, 1970,
(Main Role)
Main Role
7.5
1970 Red Peony Gambler 6: Oryu's Return
Japanese Movie, 1970,
Kumasaka Torakichi (Main Role)
Kumasaka Torakichi
Main Role
7.0
1969 The Fort of Death
Japanese Movie, 1969,
(Main Role)
Main Role
0.0
1969 Red Peony Gambler 5: Biographies of a Gambling Room
Japanese Movie, 1969,
Torakichi Kumasaka (Support Role)
Torakichi Kumasaka
Support Role
7.0
1969 Ohyaku: The Female Demon
Japanese Movie, 1969,
Boss Minikichi (Support Role)
Boss Minikichi
Support Role
0.0
1969 Red Peony Gambler 3: The Flower Cards Game
Japanese Movie, 1969,
Torakichi Kumasaka (Support Role)
Torakichi Kumasaka
Support Role
7.5
1969 Matteita Gokudo
Japanese Movie, 1969,
Shimamura Seikichi (Main Role)
Shimamura Seikichi
Main Role
0.0
1968 Red Peony Gambler 2: Gambler's Obligation
Japanese Movie, 1968,
Torakichi Kumasaka (Support Role)
Torakichi Kumasaka
Support Role
7.5
1968 Gokuaku Bozu
Japanese Movie, 1968,
(Main Role)
Main Role
0.0
1968 Red Peony Gambler
Japanese Movie, 1968,
Torakichi Kumasaka (Support Role)
Torakichi Kumasaka
Support Role
7.1
1964 Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold
Japanese Movie, 1964,
Jushiro (Support Role)
Jushiro
Support Role
8.3
1962 The Tale of Zatoichi Continues
Japanese Movie, 1962,
Nagisa no Yoshiro (Support Role)
Nagisa no Yoshiro
Support Role
7.5
1961 The Ghost Story of Oiwa's Spirit
Japanese Movie, 1961,
Mindani Iemon (Main Role)
Mindani Iemon
Main Role
7.0
1956 Yotsuya Kaidan
Japanese Movie, 1956,
Iemon Tamiya (Main Role)
Iemon Tamiya
Main Role
0.0
1955 Judo Story Part 2
Japanese Movie, 1955,
Takaoka Shusuke (Main Role)
Takaoka Shusuke
Main Role
0.0
1955 Judo Story
Japanese Movie, 1955,
Takaoka Shusuke (Main Role)
Takaoka Shusuke
Main Role
0.0
Special
Year Title # Role Rating
1990 Minamoto no Yoshitsune
Japanese Special, 1990, 1 eps
Taira No Kiyomori (Support Role)
1
Taira No Kiyomori
Support Role
0.0
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