Japanese actor who became known for his postwar Japan films and his representation of youth talent. His films include I Am Waiting, Sun in the Last Days of the Shogunate, Rusty Knife, and Man Who Causes a Storm.
He studied political science at Keio University. In 1956, he debuted in Season of the Sun, which was based on a novel written by his brother.
He survived tongue cancer in 1978, and also survived an aortic aneurysm in 1981.
He was born to a father who was from Ehime Prefecture, and worked for Mitsui O.S.K. His mother was from Miyajima, Hiroshima, and he also has a brother named Shintaro.
He is a famous Japanese actor like Sonny Chiba.