Akira Nakao (中尾 彬, Nakao Akira, born August 11, 1942) is a Japanese actor, TV personality, and artist from Kisarazu, Chiba. Nakao is represented by the Furutachi Project agency.[1]

Akira Nakao
中尾 彬
Born (1942-08-11) August 11, 1942 (age 79)
EducationMusashino Art University
OccupationActor, TV personality, artist
Years active1962–present
AgentFurutachi Project
Height1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in)
  • Narumi Kayashima
    (m. 1970⁠–⁠1975)
  • Shino Ikenami
    (m. 1978)


Nakao attended Chiba Prefectural Kisarazu High School from 1958, and entered Musashino Art University from 1961.[2] Also in 1961, he was selected in the "5th Nikkatsu New Face" talent competition.[2]

In 1963, he left Musashino Art University to study in Paris, France.[2] On returning to Japan in 1964, he enrolled in the Mingei (民芸) theatre company, where he studied under Jūkichi Uno.[1][2] In 1971, he left the Mingei theatre group to work as a freelance actor.[1]

In 1978, he married actress Shino Ikenami, the daughter of rakugo comedian Kingentei Basho.[2] They received the "Nice Couple Award" in 2008.[3]

In 1988, he started studying ceramics under Masaaki Kosugi in Karatsu, Saga.[2]

Acting careerEdit

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.

In 2015, Nakao won the award for best supporting actor of Tokyo Sports Film Award for his role in Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen.[4]




Video GamesEdit


  • 1980: Bronze Award at Le Salon exhibition in France[2]
  • 1981: Grand Prix at Le Salon exhibition in France[2]
  • 1982: International Award at Le Salon exhibition in France[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Furutachi Project talent profile" (in Japanese). Japan: Furutachi Project. 2011. Archived from the original on 2010-07-27. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "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.
  3. ^ "Nice Couple Awards announced". Tokyograph. 13 April 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ "帰らざる日々". Nikkatsu. Retrieved January 27, 2021.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Takeshi and his cast of gangsters attend Japan premiere of 'Outrage Beyond'". Japan Today. GPlusMedia Co., Ltd. 20 September 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  8. ^ "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)
  9. ^ 『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.

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