Toshiro Mifune

Actor, Producer
Although he had originally planned to work in films as an assistant cameraman, Toshiro Mifune was auditioned as an actor, a fortuitous career shift that helped change the course of Japanese cinematic history. He ... Read more »
Born: 03/31/1920 in China

Filmography

Actor (46)

Sugata Sanshiro 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Picture Bride 1995 (Movie)

The Benshi (Actor)

Deep River 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Shadow of the Wolf 1993 (Movie)

Ramook (Actor)

Shogun Mayeda 1992 (Movie)

Lord Takugawa Ieyasu (Actor)

Strawberry Road 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Taketori Monogatari 1986 (Movie)

Taketori-no-Miyatsuko--the Bamboo Cutter (Actor)

Umi Isubame Joe No Kiseki 1984 (Movie)

Fisherman (Actor)

Seiha 1983 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jinsei Gekijo 1982 (Movie)

(Actor)

Inchon 1981 (Movie)

Saito-San (Actor)

The Bushido Blade 1981 (Movie)

Shogun's Commander (Actor)

The Challenge 1981 (Movie)

Sensei Yoshida (Actor)

1941 1979 (Movie)

Commander Mitamura (Actor)

Oginsaga 1978 (Movie)

Taiko Hideyoshi (Actor)

Winter Kills 1978 (Movie)

Keith (Actor)

Midway 1976 (Movie)

Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (Actor)

Paper Tiger 1975 (Movie)

Ambassador Kagoyama (Actor)

Battle of the Japan Sea 1970 (Movie)

Admiral Togo (Actor)

Machi-buse 1970 (Movie)

Yojimbo (Actor)

Shinsengumi 1970 (Movie)

Isami Kondo (Actor)

Soleil Rouge 1970 (Movie)

Kuroda (Actor)

Zato-ichi to Yojimbo 1970 (Movie)

Yojimbo (Actor)

Hell in the Pacific 1968 (Movie)

Japanese Naval Officer (Actor)

Grand Prix 1966 (Movie)

Izo Yamura (Actor)

Rebellion 1966 (Movie)

Isaburo Sasahara (Actor)

Record of a Living Being 1966 (Movie)

Kiichi Nakajima (Actor)

Red Beard 1965 (Movie)

Doctor Kyojio Niide (Akahige) (Actor)

Chushingura 1963 (Movie)

Grenba Tawaraboshi (Actor)

High and Low 1963 (Movie)

Kingo Gondo (Actor)

Sanjuro 1962 (Movie)

Sanjuro Tsubaki (Actor)

Yojimbo 1961 (Movie)

Sanjuro Kuwabatake (Actor)

The Important Man 1960 (Movie)

Animas (Actor)

The Hidden Fortress 1958 (Movie)

General Rokurota Makabe (Actor)

Muhomatsu, the Rickshaw Man 1957 (Movie)

Muhomatsu (Actor)

The Lower Depths 1957 (Movie)

Sutekichi--the Thief (Actor)

Throne of Blood 1957 (Movie)

Taketoki Washizu (Actor)

Seven Samurai 1955 (Movie)

Kikuchiyo (Actor)

Samurai 1954 (Movie)

Takeso (Actor)

Hakuchi 1951 (Movie)

Akama (Actor)

Rashomon 1950 (Movie)

Tajomaru--the Bandit (Actor)

Konyaku yubiwa 1949 (Movie)

(Actor)

Drunken Angel 1948 (Movie)

Matsunaga--the Gangster (Actor)

Band of Assassins (Movie)

(Actor)

Man Against Man (Movie)

(Actor)

Shogun (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Shinsengumi 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Although he had originally planned to work in films as an assistant cameraman, Toshiro Mifune was auditioned as an actor, a fortuitous career shift that helped change the course of Japanese cinematic history. He appeared in many of the great post-war Japanese films, most notably those of director Akira Kurosawa.

Relationships

Takeshi Shiro

Wife
married in 1950

Milestones

1995

Final film role in "Deep River"

1980

Starred as the warlord Toranaga in the NBC miniseries "Shogun"

1979

Played the submarine commander in Steven Spielberg's "1941"

1968

Teamed with Lee Marvin in "Hell in the Pacific", directed by John Boorman

1965

Made last film with Kurosawa, "Red Beard"

1963

Made feature directorial debut, "The Legacy of the 500,000"

1963

Formed Mifune Productions

1961

Returned to samaurai roles in "Yojimbo"

1957

Starred in "Throne of Blood", Kurosawa's version of Shakespeare's "Macbeth"

1954

Played Kikuchiyo in "The Seven Samaurai"

1950

Starred in Kurosawa's "Rashomon"

1948

Cast by Kurosawa in "The Drunken Angel"; played a gangster suffering with tuberculosis

1946

Made film debut in small role in a film directed by Akira Kurosawa

1939

Joined the Japanese Imperial Air Force as an aerial photographer

Born in China to Japanese parents

Raised outside of Japan

After WWII, settled in Tokyo

Participated in a nationwide talent search sponsored by Toho Studios

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