Tetsu Nakamura (actor)
Tetsu Nakamura (Japanese: 中村 哲, Hepburn: Nakamura Tetsu, 19 September 1909 – 3 August 1992), born Satoshi Nakamura (also credited as Tatsu Nakamura and Tetu Nakamura), was a Japanese film actor and opera singer active from the 1940s to the 1980s. He featured in over 40 films.
|Died||3 August 1992 (aged 82)|
Kiyose, Tokyo, Japan
|Occupation||Film actor, singer (baritone)|
Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, to a father involved in the lumber industry, Nakamura studied at Britannia Secondary School before enrolling at a music academy to become a baritone singer. After graduating, he performed on radio and in recitals before moving to Japan in 1940. There he enrolled in Nikkatsu's film acting school, and graduated in 1941. In the meantime, he was selected by the opera singer Yoshie Fujiwara to appear as Escamillo in Carmen in a performance at the Kabuki-za.
He became a contract actor at the Toho Studios in 1942, and started appearing in roles in such films as The Opium War (1943), Ano hata o ute, and Aru yoru no tonosama (1946). After touring the United States as part of Fujiwara's opera company in 1953, he concentrated on film acting.
With his fluency in English, he often appeared in foreign co-productions. He played the antagonist in Tokyo File 212 (1951) and a supporting role in Geisha Girl (1952). Writing about Tokyo File 212 in his book Korean War Filmography, Robert J. Lentz opined that "Nakamura [was] smooth and oily as the villain Oyama, who at heart [was] as much a capitalist as a Communist".
His other prominent roles include Dr. Robert Suzuki in George Breakston's science-fiction horror film The Manster (1962), Japanese Ambassador in the international co-production Red Sun (1971), Dr. Kawamoto in the B-movie The Last Dinosaur (1977) and other roles in Oriental Evil (1951), Futari no hitomi (1952), The H-Man (1958), Mothra (1961), The Lost World of Sinbad (1963) and Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Kagi no kagi (1965).
He also appeared on television well into the 1980s.
- Ano hata o ute (1944)
- Kôfuku eno shôtai (1947)
- Koun no isu (1948)
- Tokyo File 212 (1951) - Mr. Oyama
- Oriental Evil (1951) - Noritomu Moriaji
- Geisha Girl (1952) - Tetsu Nakano
- Futari no hitomi (1952)
- Senkan Yamato (1953)
- Madame Butterfly (1954) - Yamadori
- Tokyo da you okkasan (1957)
- The Mysterians (1957) - Dr. Koda
- The H-Man (1958) - Mr. Chin, gangster
- Yaju shisubeshi (1959)
- The Manster (1959) - Dr. Robert Suzuki
- Wakai koibitotachi (1959) - Customer at Bar B
- Kaoyaku to bakudan musume (1959)
- Samurai to oneechan (1960) - Daisaku Tsubaki
- Storm Over the Pacific (1960)
- Gasu ningen dai 1 gô (1960) - Journalist
- The Big Wave (1961) - Toru's Father
- Honkon no yoru (1961)
- Mothra (1961) - Nelson's Henchman
- Attack Squadron! (1963)
- Gojuman-nin no isan (1963) - Asian man
- Interpol Códe 8 (1963) - Binh Hoa
- The Lost World of Sinbad (1963) - Chief Archer
- Atragon (1963) - Warship Captain
- Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Tora no kiba (1964) - Okada
- Hi no ataru isu (1965)
- Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Kagi no kagi (1965) - Sritai
- Kureji no daiboken (1965)
- Nippon ichi no gorigan otoko (1966)
- Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Zettai zetsu (1967) - Head of ZZZ Hong Kong Branch Office
- Latitude Zero (1969) - Dr. Okada
- Space Amoeba (1970) - Chieftain Ombo
- Red Sun (1971) - Japanese Ambassador
- Tidal Wave (1973) - Philippines Ambassador to United Nations
- Marco (1973) - Sea Captain
- Karei-naru ichizoku (1974) - Shirakawa
- Mastermind (1976) - Mr. Hiruta
- The Last Dinosaur (1977) - Dr. Kawamoto (final film role)
- Galbraith, Stuart (1996). The Japanese Filmography: A Complete Reference to 209 Filmmakers and the Over 1250 Films Released in the United States, 1900 Through 1994. McFarland. p. 51. ISBN 978-0-7864-0032-4.
- King, James (24 February 2012). Under Foreign Eyes. John Hunt Publishing. p. 90. ISBN 978-1-78099-049-1.
- Meikle, Denis (2005). The Ring companion. Titan. p. 80. ISBN 9781845760014.
- Shimizu, Akira (1979). "Nakamura Tetsu". Nihon eiga haiyū zenshū: Danyū hen (in Japanese). Tokyo: Kinema Junpō. p. 422.
- Lentz, Robert J. (28 August 2008). Korean War Filmography: 91 English Language Features through 2000. McFarland. p. 126. ISBN 978-1-4766-2154-8.
- Lentz, Robert J. (2003). Korean War Filmography. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. p. 377. ISBN 978-0-7864-1046-0. OCLC 50630520.
- "Nakamura Tetsu". Terebi Dorama Dētabēsu. Retrieved 13 May 2017.