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Ken Ogata

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Ken Ogata (Ogata Ken, 20 July 1937-5 October 2008) was a Japanese actor. Ogata was born in Tokyo, Japan. Ogata is well known for his roles in Peter Greenaway's The Pillow Book, Paul Schrader's Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters and Shohei Imamura's The Ballad of Narayama. He won the award for best actor at the 26th Blue Ribbon Awards for Okinawan Boys. In television, his starring role as Toyotomi Hideyoshi in the 1965 NHK Taiga drama Taikōki catapulted him to fame. Ken went on to many prominent roles in subsequent programs. The following year, he portrayed Benkei in Minamoto no Yoshitsune. The network tapped him again for the role of Fujiwara no Sumitomo in the 1976 Kaze to Kumo to Niji to. He returned to playing Hideyoshi in the 1978 Ōgon no Hibi, and returned to the lead as Ōishi Kuranosuke in Tōge no Gunzō, the 1982 Chūshingura. Another featured appearance in a Taiga drama was in Taiheiki (1991, as Ashikaga Sadauji, father of Takauji). Mr. Ogata died on October 5, 2008, just days after finishing his role in the production of the Fuji TV drama "Kaze no Garden" (Garden of the Winds), filmed in the rural Furano area of northern Japan. In his final role, Ogata, himself 71 years of age, played a doctor involved in the end-of-life care of elderly patients. His sons Kanta and Naoto Ogata are actors. NHK selected Naoto for the starring role of Oda Nobunaga in the 1992 Taiga drama Nobunaga King of Zipangu; Kanta played Inaba Masakatsu in Aoi Tokugawa Sandai (2000). Description above from the Wikipedia article Ken Ogata, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia​

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Jul 20, 1937 In Tokyo, Kantō region, Japan
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Sex Check: The Second Sex 1968-06-01
Latest Project:
Movie 帽子 2008-08-02
Known For
Poster of Sailor Suit and Machine Gun
Poster of Memories of You
Movie 帽子 高山春平 2008-08-02
Movie Kitaro and the Millennium Curse Nurarihyon 2008-07-09
Series Sailor Suit and Machine Gun Unknown 2006-10-13
Movie A Long Walk Unknown 2006-04-01
Movie Love and Honor Magohachiro Kibe 2006-12-01
Series Ruri's Island Yuzo Nakama 2005-04-16
Movie The Samurai I Loved Maki Sukezaemon 2005-10-01
Movie Miracle Banana Takashi YAMAMURA 2005-10-01
Movie A Hardest Night!! Unknown 2005-10-22
Movie Man Walking on Snow Unknown 2001-01-01
Movie Film Noir Client 2000-11-04
Movie The Pillow Book The Father 1996-05-12
Movie Five Women Toyama Masamichi 1996-06-29
Movie Goodbye Japan Unknown 1995-09-02
Series Lieutenant Ninzaburo Furuhata Unknown 1994-04-13
Movie おろしや国酔夢譚 Koudayu Daikokuya 1992-06-25
Movie My Soul Is Slashed Unknown 1991-06-01
Movie Rainbow Kids Inspector Daigoro Igari 1991-07-01
Movie Geki Totsu: The Insanity of Emperor Iemitsu Igo Gyobu 1989-01-14
Movie Memories of You Unknown 1988-03-05
Movie The Rage of Love Kan Yosano 1988-10-01
Movie Peacock King Jikû Ajari 1988-12-10
Movie Zegen Unknown 1987-06-02
Movie House on Fire Kazuo Dan 1986-04-12
Movie Oar Iwago Tomita 1985-01-15
Movie Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters Yukio Mishima (segment "November 25, 1970") 1985-05-15
Movie Tracked Tokichi Sakane 1985-10-26
Movie The Ballad of Narayama Tatsuhei 1983-04-09
Movie The Geisha Katsuzo 1983-09-10
Movie The Catch Fusajiro Kohama 1983-10-29
Movie Why Not? Unknown 1981-01-08
Movie Edo Porn Hokusai 1981-09-12
Movie Samurai Reincarnation Musashi Miyamoto 1981-06-06
Movie Shadow Warriors: Hattori Hanzo Koga Shiro Samurai 1980-02-23
Movie Vengeance Is Mine Iwao Enokizu 1979-04-21
Movie The Demon Sokichi Takeshita 1978-10-07
Movie Mount Hakkoda Corporal Murayama 1977-06-04
Movie Castle of Sand Kenichi Miki 1974-10-19
Movie The Last Samurai Nakamura Hanjiro 1971-09-21
Movie Sex Check: The Second Sex Unknown 1968-06-01
Movie The House of Wooden Blocks Unknown 1968-10-30