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Keiju Kobayashi (23 November 1923–16 September 2010) was a Japanese actor. Born in Gunma Prefecture, he began acting at the Nikkatsu studio after dropping out of Nihon University and made his film debut in 1942. In a career that spanned 65 years, he appeared in over 250 films, most famously in the "Company President" (Shachō) comedy films made at Toho, where he worked alongside Hisaya Morishige, Daisuke Kato, Norihei Miki, and others. There he helped define the popular image of the postwar salaryman. He also won many awards for his acting, including best actor awards at the Mainichi Film Awards for The Naked General in 1958 (where he played Kiyoshi Yamashita), for Kuroi gashū in 1960, and for The Elegant Life of Mr Everyman in 1963. Kobayashi appeared in films made by such notable directors as Akira Kurosawa, Yasujirō Ozu, Mikio Naruse, and Kihachi Okamoto. He continued to give powerful performances after largely moving to television in the late 1960s.

He died on 16 September 2010 of heart failure at the age of 86.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Keiju Kobayashi (23 November 1923–16 September 2010) was a Japanese actor. Born in Gunma Prefecture, he began acting at the Nikkatsu studio after dropping out of Nihon University and made his film debut in 1942. In a career that spanned 65 years, he appeared in over 250 films, most famously in the "Company President" (Shachō) comedy films made at Toho, where he worked alongside Hisaya Morishige, Daisuke Kato, Norihei Miki, and others. There he helped define the popular image of the postwar salaryman. He also won many awards for his acting, including best actor awards at the Mainichi Film Awards for The Naked General in 1958 (where he played Kiyoshi Yamashita), for Kuroi gashū in 1960, and for The Elegant Life of Mr Everyman in 1963. Kobayashi appeared in films made by such notable directors as Akira Kurosawa, Yasujirō Ozu, Mikio Naruse, and Kihachi Okamoto. He continued to give powerful performances after largely moving to television in the late 1960s.

He died on 16 September 2010 of heart failure at the age of 86.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Keiju Kobayashi, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 58

Birthday 1923-11-23

Day of Death 2010-09-16

Place of Birth Gunma, Japan

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • 小林桂樹

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2002 Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create: The Hidden Fortress as Interviewee
2002 Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create: Sanjuro as Interviewee
1999 One Summer's Day as Kenshiro Ooi
1997 To Love as Kamijo
1995 Whisper of the Heart as Shiro Nishi (voice)
1990 Tasmania Story
1989 Yawara! as Jigoro inokuma
1986 The Gentlemen’s Alliance
1986 Tree Without Leaves as Hatsu-rojin
1986 For Business as Mihara
1985 Godzilla 1985 as Prime Minister Mitamura
1984 The Return of Godzilla as Prime Minister Seiki Mitamura
1983 L・O・V・I・N・G
1981 The Imperial Navy as Admiral Yamamoto Isoroku
1979 White Love as Keisuke Uemura
1977 Mount Hakkoda
1976 Love and Separation in Sri Lanka
1973 Submersion of Japan as Dr. Tadokoro (D-1 Project Leader)
1971 I Hear the Whistle as Takashi Sugimoto
1971 The Battle of Okinawa as General Ushijima
1970 The Militarists as Premier Hideki Tojo
1970 Bakumatsu as Yoshinosuke Saigo
1969 Shinsengumi: Assassins of Honor as Toshizo Hijikata
1966 The Thin Line as Isao Tashiro
1965 Beast Alley
1965 Samurai Assassin as Einosuke Kurihara
1964 Hello, Baby!
1963 The Elegant Life of Mr. Everyman
1963 Pressure of Guilt
1962 Born in Sin
1962 My Hobo as Junpei Shishido
1962 47 Samurai as Awajinokami Wakisake (Lord Awaji)
1962 A Wanderer's Notebook as Fujiyama
1962 The Wiser Age as Jiro Ishikawa
1962 Sanjuro as The Spy
1961 3 Dolls and Baby Gang
1961 The End of Summer as Hisao, Fumiko's husband
1961 Snow in the South Seas
1961 Acchan no bebi gyangu
1961 Happiness of Us Alone as Michio Katayama
1960 Storm Over the Pacific
1960 The Lost Alibi as Teiichiro Ishino
1958 Summer Clouds as Hatsuji
1958 Little Peach as Tayama
1958 Makeraremasen katsumadewa
1957 Price of Beauty
1956 A Wife's Heart
1956 Sudden Rain as Nenkichi Imazato (the man next door)
1955 The First Kiss
1955 The Spring of Music
1953 Mr. Pu
1953 Husband and Wife as Shigekichi Hayakawa
1952 Tokyo Sweetheart
1952 Dimple of Tokyo
1952 ラッキーさん as 若原俊平
1951 Repast as Shinzo Murata, Michiyo's brother
1951 月よりの母 as Kenji
1949 The Rainbow Man as Ryôsuke Akashi

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