|Born||August 11, 1942|
Kisarazu, Chiba, Japan
|Education||Musashino Art University|
|Occupation||Actor, TV personality, artist|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 8+1⁄2 in)|
In 1963, he left Musashino Art University to study in Paris, France. On returning to Japan in 1964, he enrolled in the Mingei (民芸) theatre company, where he studied under Jūkichi Uno. In 1971, he left the Mingei theatre group to work as a freelance actor.
Nakao has appeared in jidaigeki (period dramas) and contemporary dramas on television and film, as well as variety shows. Fans of Abarenbō Shōgun immediately recognize him as the scheming Tokugawa Muneharu, arch-rival of the eighth shogun Yoshimune. He played the role for twenty years. Film appearances include five episodes in the series Gokudō no Onna-tachi and six Godzilla movies. He also acted in the 1992 Juzo Itami film Minbo: the Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion.
- Getsuyōbi no Yuka (月曜日のユカ) (1964)
- The Vampire Doll (1970)
- Death at an Old Mansion (1975)
- Kaerazaru hibi (1978)
- Nihon no Fixer (1979)
- Shikake-nin Baian (1981)
- Ninja Wars (1982)
- Minbo: the Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion (1992)
- Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993), Takaki Aso
- Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994), Takaki Aso
- Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995), Takaki Aso]
- Hissatsu! Shamisenya no Yuji (1999)
- Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002), Hayato Igarashi
- Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003), Hayato Igarashi
- Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), original Gotengo captain
- Achilles and the Tortoise (2008), art collector
- Hagetaka: The Movie (The Vulture) (2009)
- Inu to Anata no Monogatari (2011)
- Outrage Beyond (2012), gangster
- Heroine Shikkaku (2015), Himself
- Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen (2015), Mokichi
- Tonde Saitama (2019)
- Ninkyō Gakuen (2019)
- Shin Heike Monogatari (1972) - Taira no Tadanori
- Castle of Sand (1977)
- Homura Tatsu (1993–94) - Emperor Go-Shirakawa
- Shonan Junai-gumi! (1995) - Principal Dokudai Tokiaritsune
- Hideyoshi (1996) - Shibata Katsuie
- Great Teacher Onizuka (1998) - Hiroshi Uchiyamada
- Yoshitsune (2005) - Kajiwara Kagetoki
- Tenchijin (2009) - Mōri Terumoto
- Ryōmaden (2010) - Shigeta Ichijirō
- Saka no Ue no Kumo - (2010) - Hidaka Sōnojō
- "Furutachi Project talent profile" (in Japanese). Japan: Furutachi Project. 2011. Archived from the original on 2010-07-27. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
- "Talk Session". Nihombashi/Kyobashi Art & Antiques Festival. Tokyo: Tokyo Art & Antiques. 15 June 2011. Archived from the original on 2013-02-16. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
- "Nice Couple Awards announced". Tokyograph. 13 April 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
- "ビートたけしが「龍三と七人の子分たち」に4冠授ける、東スポ映画大賞発表". ナタリー. ナターシャ. 2016-01-26. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
- "帰らざる日々". Nikkatsu. Retrieved January 27, 2021.
- Schilling, Mark (3 October 2008). "'Achilles to Kame' - Kitano's lost the plot". The Japan Times Online. Japan: The Japan Times Ltd. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
- "Takeshi and his cast of gangsters attend Japan premiere of 'Outrage Beyond'". Japan Today. GPlusMedia Co., Ltd. 20 September 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
- "Akira Nakao (visual voices guide) - Behind The Voice Actors". behindthevoiceactors.com. Retrieved June 10, 2021. Check mark indicates role has been confirmed using screenshots of closing credits and other reliable sources.CS1 maint: postscript (link)
- 『LOST JUDGMENT：裁かれざる記憶』中尾彬 インタビュー映像. June 3, 2021. Retrieved June 10, 2021 – via YouTube.