Co-stars in "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift"
Featured appearance in "Kill Bill Volume 1"
Acclaimed comeback with "The Storm Riders"
Directs and produces "Yellow Fangs"
Plays his former teacher, Masutatsu Oyama, in "Champion of Death"
International success as "The Street Fighter"
Drew his screen surname, Chiba, from his childhood home in Chiba Prefecture.
Fractured his ankle completing a stunt while shooting "Message from Space."
Among his students at Japan Action Club were such future stars as Henry Sanada and Etsuko "Sue" Shiomi.
Planned to co-star in a 1973 film with Bruce Lee, but the project was cancelled after Lee's unexpected death that year.
American publicity for "The Street Fighter" claimed that Chiba was the former leader of a juvenile gang in Japan, and had gone into seclusion in a monastery following the success of the film.
The real Masatatsu Oyama appeared opposite Chiba in two films based loosely on the martial arts master's life: "Champion of Death" and "Karate Bearfighter."
Received a Best Actor nomination by the Hong Kong Film Awards in 1999 for "The Storm Riders."
Earned his Black Belt in Judo, Kendo and Kempo, among other disciplines.