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Overview (4)

Born in Tokyo, Japan
Birth NameHiroyuki Shimosawa
Nickname Duke
Height 5' 6½" (1.69 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Hiroyuki Sanada was born on October 12, 1960 in Tokyo. He made his film debut when he was 5 in Game of Chance (1965) (Shin'ichi Chiba played the lead role.) His father died when he was 11. He joined Japan Action Club, organized & run by Sonny Chiba, when he was 12. He 1st became famous as an action star for his role in Yagyu Clan Conspiracy (1978) but is now known as one of the most talented actors in Japan. From 1999-2000, he played the fool in an English-language production of "King Lear" w/ members of the Royal Shakespeare Co as the 1st Japanese actor to act w/ the RSC. He received an honorary MBE (Member of the British Empire) for this work. He & Satomi Tezuka split after 7 years in 1997.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Junko Foley

Family (1)

Spouse Satomi Tezuka (1990 - July 1997)  (divorced)  (2 children)

Trivia (14)

Graduate of Nihon University, Film Departmemt.
Ex-wife has custody of their two sons.
A protege of Shin'ichi Chiba
Disciple of Sonny Chiba.
Is a close friend of action icon Etsuko 'Sue' Shiomi.
Senior member of Japan Action Club.
Had to learn Mandarin for his role in Mo Gik (The Promise).
He is filming The City of Your Final Destination (2007) in Argentina, during December 2006 - January 2007. [December 2006]
When he was cast on Lost (2004), the show's co-creator, Damon Lindelof, called him "the Japanese Harrison Ford".
He is fluent in Japanese, Mandarin and English.
He likes to do as many of his own stunts as possible.
He has trained in the martial arts of Shorinji Kempo and Kyokushin karate.
He is a trained dancer and horseback rider.
In 1999 and 2000, he performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in their production of King Lear, which earned him an honorary MBE in 2002, citing his "contribution to spreading British culture in Japan through his performance in a joint Shakespeare production".

Personal Quotes (5)

Sometimes I'm doing a big movie, or sometimes I'm doing a TV show, but as an actor, it's almost the same thing for me. If I'm doing action, or comedy, or something more heartfelt, it's a different approach, but it's all acting for me.
I was very comfortable on the set of 'Lost'. I was so nervous when I went on to the set because I had just watched all the 'Lost' episodes. I was, like, a fan. A big fan.
If there is an action scene, I want to do everything myself.
It's hard for me to perform in English.
Action is just one of my skills.

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