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Ken Maeda (前田 健, Maeda Ken, 14 June 1971 – 26 April 2016)[1][2] was a Japanese comedian, impressionist, actor[3] and choreographer. He was nicknamed Maeken (まえけん).

Ken Maeda
Native name
前田 健
Born(1971-06-14)14 June 1971
Died26 April 2016(2016-04-26) (aged 44)
NationalityJapanese
Other names
  • Maeken
  • Ken-chan (けんちゃん)
  • Kenchimu (けんちむ)
EducationTokyo Metropolitan Agricultural High School
Occupation
  • Comedian
  • impressionist
  • actor
  • choreographer
AgentK Dash Stage
StyleMonomane
Height1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)

Maeda was born in Suginami, Tokyo. He was represented with K Dash Stage. Maeda graduated from Tokyo Metropolitan Agricultural High School. At the same school his senior was Taizo Harada of the comedy trio Neptune.

Contents

Comedy careerEdit

ImpressionsEdit

One-man showsEdit

Title
Shokyū Eigo Kōza
Chūkyū Eigo Kōza
Honne shika Iwanai Honne-chan Series
Aisubeki Mochida-kun Series
Shizuka-chan
Wakame-chan
Furitsukeshi Pierre
Nukumori o Uru Obāsan
Shinji Shimae
Shitamachi no Cleaning-ya
Ningen Kansatsu Conte Series

FilmographyEdit

VarietyEdit

Year Title Network Notes
Bakushō On-Air Battle NHK-G 1 win and 5 losses; up to 365 KB (off-air; on-air was 329 KB)
Monomane Grand Prix NTV
MTM MBS
PosiTV RKB
Gachagacha Pong! Fuji TV
2006 Furifuri Song Book Fuji TV One-Two-Next As Freedom Maeda or Frill Maeda; Choreographed programme
Aoi Sora ga Suki'! YAB
2008 Renai Hyakkei TV Asahi Episode 94; Guest
2015 Ad' zehi Nenmatsu Namahōsō: Ken Maeda Geinō Seikatsu 20-shūnenkinen Kagayake! 2016-Nen Fukuotoko Fukume Kettei-sen omoshiroidesu yō CTV

TV dramaEdit

Year Title Role Network Notes
2002 Remote NTV Episode 8
2006 Gal Circle
Urami-ya Honpo Moshin Tsukida TV Tokyo Regular
2007 Otorisōsa-kan Shiho Kitami 12 Masato Ebina TV Asahi
Hotaru no Hikari Disgusting manager NTV Episode 7
Juken no Kamisama Episode 5
Nagai Nagai Satsujin Ryuichi Morimoto WOWOW
2008 Tadashii Ouji no Tsukuri Kata Shigeo Sangawa, Sekio Mitarai TV Tokyo Dual role
Bara no nai Hanaya Fuji TV Episode 9
Kimi Hannin janai yo ne? Shemale TV Asahi Episode 2
Seiichi Morimura Suspense: Toki Hiroshi Sonada TBS
Koiuta Drama SP: Genki o Dashite Maurice Yamada
Men-dol: Ikemen Idol Kokorozashiai Hatori TV Tokyo
Room Of King Noboru Hotta Fuji TV
2009 Anmitsu Hime Hiruton Tomoe Nikkei Fuji TV
Senryoku-gai Tsūkoku Hello Work staff WOWOW
Onna Taxi Driver no Jiken Nisshi TBS
Uta no onīsan Kazuhiro Sumiyoshi TV Asahi Regular
Yusuke Kamiji no genki no deru Koi Etsuko Master Bee TV
Keishichō Minamidaira Han: Shichinin no Keiji Kenji Tomii TBS
Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen-mae Hashutsujo Bus Jack offender
Otokomae! 2 Kami Shuzō NHK-G
Ijin no Kuru Heya Michinaga Fujiwara Tokyo MX Episode 9
Mito Kōmon Chapter 40 Tomekichi TBS Episode 20
2010 Onna Keiji Otomichi Takako Kogoerukiba Yumeka TV Asahi
Mattsugu: Kamakura Kashi Torimono Hikae Getanuki NHK-G Regular
Daimajin Kanon Tamekichi TV Tokyo
Shōfu to Shukujo Brothel customer THK Episode 44
Tokyo Eki o Wasuremono Azukari-sho Yukio Kitaguchi TV Asahi
2011 Urakara Tsutomu Uesugi TV Tokyo Episode 10
Yūki Hideyasu NHK-G
Last Money: Ai no Nedan Yoshio Isogai Episode 3
2012 Kagi no kakatta Heya Kawasaki Fuji TV Episode 1
Resident – 5-nin no Kenshui Tsuruko TBS Episode 4
2013 Hōkago Groove Tsuyoshi Mori Episode 3
Dandarin: Rōdō Kijun Kantoku-kan Kitagawa NTV Episode 6
Yorozu Uranai Sho: Onmyō-ya e yōkoso Ando KTV Episode 8
2014 Saigo Kara Nibanme no Koi Fuji TV Episode 7
Onna wa sore o Yurusanai John TBS Episode 8
2015 Garo: Gold Storm Sho Gerril TV Tokyo Episode 12

Anime televisionEdit

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2006 Digimon Data Squad Gotsumon Fuji TV [4]
2009 Fresh Pretty Cure! Kaoru-chan ABC [a]Also did the choreography at the ending theme

AdvertisementsEdit

Year Title
2007 Suntory Vitamin Water
Tsuchzaki BC "Happy Cute na Kibun de, Tanoshiku asobo."

FilmsEdit

Year Title Role
2008 Nagai Nagai Satsujin Ryuichi Morimoto
Natsuyasumi no Yōna 1-kagetsu Bartender
Komori Seikatsu Kojo Club Tsuji
2009 The Ramen Girl Harumi
20 Seiki Shōnen Dai 2-shō: Saigo no Kibō Mariah
Subaru Sada
Katen no Shiro Tomekichi
Kyō kara Hitman Kamio
Inubaka: Crazy for Dogs Ajuba-hakase
2010 Kanzen naru Shiiku Maid, for you Otake
Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City Member of Parliament
Sword of Desperation Kisuke
Saiban-chō! Koko wa Chōeki 4-nen de dō suka Forest judge
2011 Shōjo-tachi no Rashinban Goro Mesaki
Gal Basara: Sengoku Jidai wa Kengai Desu
2012 Miss Boys! Yūjō no Yukue-hen Romeo
Tane maku Tabibito: Minori no Cha
Liar Game: Reborn Tetsuya Murata
Ai to Makoto Teacher
Rinjō: Gekijō-ban Tension number policeman

Anime filmsEdit

Year Title Role
2009 Movie Fresh Pretty Cure! The Kingdom of Toys has Lots of Secrets!? Kaoru-chan

StageEdit

Year Title
2003 Cinderella Story
2008 High! Miracles

DiscographyEdit

As part of Maeken Trance Project

Year Title Notes
2005 "Koi no Buchiage Tengoku" Won the Japan Cable Awards Wired Topic Award and 47th Japan Record Awards Special Award
2006 "Tokyo Chalance"

VideographyEdit

Year Title
2008 Furifuri Song Book Best Selection DVD Vol. 1

ChoreographyEdit

Music

Year Title
2008 "Otokozaka"
2009 "Ore no Sora"
"Katsu 'nda!"
"Wotakisuto"
2010 "Muteki! Natsu Yasumi"
2011 "Onaji Jidai ni Uma reta Wakamono-tachi"
Year Title
2010 "Honey Bee"
Year Title
2011 "Love Spider"
2012 "Kaze Ikki"
"Ame tokidoki Hare nochi Niji"
2013 "Shita o Muite Kaerou"
"Rikishi-Man"
"Dansō Revolution"
2016 "This is Love"
Year Title
2006 "Champagne Gold"
Year Title
2006 "Hey! Friends"
Year Title
2005 "Hai kara-san ga Tōru"

TV drama

Year Title Notes
2006 Gal Circle Flip choreography
2007 Juken no Kamisama Creative dance choreography

Films

Year Title
2011 Azemichi no Dandy

Anime television

Year Title Notes
2009 Fresh Pretty Cure! Dance supervisor and choreographer, choreographed the first and last ending themes
2010 HeartCatch PreCure! Choreographed the first and last ending themes
2011 Suite PreCure
2012 Glitter Force

Stage

Year Title
2008 High! Miracles

Advertisements

2006 Yukiguni moyashi "Yukiguni moyashi no Uta: Mambo" Music video
2009 Nomi Tomo
Kuroneko Yamato Hikkoshi Center

Other television programmes

Year Title Network Ref.
2013 Oh! Taisō 2 OHK [5]

Director, screenplaysEdit

FilmsEdit

Year Title
2011 Soredemo Hana wa Saite iku

BibliographyEdit

Year Title
2005 Ken Maeda no Koi Chara Shindan
2009 Soredemo Hana wa Saite iku

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "訃報】ものまねタレントの前田健さん死去". NTV News 24 (in Japanese). 26 Apr 2016. Retrieved 21 Dec 2016.
  2. ^ "前田健さんの死因は虚血性心不全…26日午前1時36分に帰らぬ人に". Sports Hochi (in Japanese). 26 Apr 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-08-03. Retrieved 21 Dec 2016.
  3. ^ "お笑いタレント前田健 心肺停止で救急搬送…直前に食事か". Sponichi Annex (in Japanese). Sports Nippon. 25 Apr 2016. Retrieved 21 Dec 2016.
  4. ^ "Digimon Savers (TV Series 2006– ) - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 24 Jan 2018.
  5. ^ "【OH!体操2】ふりつけ全体見本。" (in Japanese). YouTube. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 21 Dec 2016.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Real name is Kaoru Tachibana.

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