Maeda Ken

Ken Maeda

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  • First Name: Ken
  • Family Name: Maeda
  • Native name: 前田健
  • Also Known as: Maeken; まえだ けん
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: June 14, 1971
  • Died: April 26, 2016

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Ken Maeda

Maeda Ken

  • Name: Maeda Ken
  • Native name: 前田健
  • Given name:
  • Also Known as: Maeken; まえだ けん
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: June 14, 1971
  • Died: April 26, 2016
Maeda Ken, born June 14, 1971 in Tokyo, Japan, is a Japanese actor, singer, and comedian well-known for his monomane. He also created the Maeken Trance Project, of which he is the leader of several ganguro and kogal, known as LOVE♡BOOM.

Ken came to America when he was 19 and lived in Manhattan for four years. Because of this, he is fluent in English. He studied music and dance at the Broadway Dance Center , and after going back to Japan in 1994 and began a one-man show named "Monomane Battle". He imitated a song by Watanabe Machiko perfectly, making the transition from male to female in his act flawlessly. Years later he began imitating Matsuura Aya.
In 2004 Ken became a regular on TV Asahi's Ganbai Gekijou (Sold-Out Theater) and later created Maeken Trance Project. The group's first single, Koi no Buchiage Tengoku was released in August 2005 and was a trance remake of the mega-hit Dragostea Din Tei by Romanian group O-Zone . It reached #12 on the Oricon and had an exceptionally long period of sales. It is rumored that Ken was influenced by Gorie, another popular crossdressing comedian.
With the release of his book "Maeda Ken no Koi Kyara Shindan" (Maeda Ken's Love Character Diagnosis) in November of that year, Ken came out as gay. This has not hindered his career, as he later became a voice actor for Digimon Savers and released a second single for Maeken Trance Project in August 2006.

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Drama
Year Title # Role Rating
2013 Dandarin Rodo Kijun Kantokukan
Japanese Drama, 2013, 11 eps
Kitagawa [Hiroshi's subordinate] (Ep.6) (Guest Role)
11
Kitagawa [Hiroshi's subordinate] (Ep.6)
Guest Role
7.6
2012 Kagi no Kakatta Heya
Japanese Drama, 2012, 11 eps
Kawasaki (ep1) (Guest Role)
11
Kawasaki (ep1)
Guest Role
8.2
2011 Gou - Himetachi no Sengoku
Japanese Drama, 2011, 46 eps
Yuki Hideyasu (Support Role)
46
Yuki Hideyasu
Support Role
8.4
2010 Mattsugu
Japanese Drama, 2010, 13 eps
Getakan (Support Role)
13
Getakan
Support Role
0.0
2008 Tadashii Ouji no Tsukurikata
Japanese Drama, 2008, 12 eps
Shigeo Senkawa (Support Role)
12
Shigeo Senkawa
Support Role
6.4
2006 Uramiya Honpo
Japanese Drama, 2006, 12 eps
Shiwasuda Takeomi (Support Role)
12
Shiwasuda Takeomi
Support Role
0.0
2006 Galcir
Japanese Drama, 2006, 11 eps
(Guest Role)
11
Guest Role
6.5
Movie
Year Title Role Rating
2013 Banana, Glove and Whale Shark
Japanese Movie, 2013,
Nurse (Support Role)
Nurse
Support Role
6.0
2012 The Last Message - Rinjo: Gekijoban
Japanese Movie, 2012,
[Police officer] (Support Role)
[Police officer]
Support Role
7.8
2012 For Love's Sake
Japanese Movie, 2012,
teacher (Support Role)
teacher
Support Role
6.1
2012 Liar Game: Reborn
Japanese Movie, 2012,
Murata Tetsuya (Support Role)
Murata Tetsuya
Support Role
7.6
2011 Shojotachi no Rashinban
Japanese Movie, 2011,
Mesaki Goro (Support Role)
Mesaki Goro
Support Role
7.5
2010 Your Honor! How About a Little Leniency?
Japanese Movie, 2010,
(Support Role)
Support Role
0.0
2010 Sword of Desperation
Japanese Movie, 2010,
Kishuke (Support Role)
Kishuke
Support Role
7.4
2010 Perfect Education 7: Maid for You
Japanese Movie, 2010,
(Support Role)
Support Role
6.1
2009 Castle Under Fiery Skies
Japanese Movie, 2009,
Tomekichi (Support Role)
Tomekichi
Support Role
7.4
2009 Dance Subaru
Japanese Movie, 2009,
Sada (Support Role)
Sada
Support Role
7.4
2009 20th Century Boys 2: The Last Hope
Japanese Movie, 2009,
Mariah (Support Role)
Mariah
Support Role
8.0
Special
Year Title # Role Rating
2010 Onna Keiji Otomichi Takako - Kogoeru Kiba
Japanese Special, 2010, 1 eps
Yumeka (Support Role)
1
Yumeka
Support Role
0.0
2009 Anmitsu Hime 2
Japanese Special, 2009, 1 eps
(Support Role)
1
Support Role
7.8
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