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20 Greatest and Famous Japanese Actors

Here are 20 Greatest and Famous Japanese Actors according to the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

#1 Hiroyuki Sanada

Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 12, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Japanese

Hiroyuki Sanada gained prominence when he starred alongside Tom Cruise, in The Last Samurai. It opened the gates of Hollywood for him which was followed by various television shows and films. He bagged in the Japanese Academy Award for Tasogare Seibei (The Twilight Samurai).

#2 Mark Dacascos

Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 26, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Spanish, Japanese, American

#3 Haruma Miura

Famous As: Actor, Singer, Voice actor, Child actor
Birthdate: April 5, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Japanese

#4 Mako Iwamatsu

Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 10, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Japanese, American
Died: July 21, 2006
Japanese-American actor Makoto Iwamatsu, or Mako, is remembered for his Academy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated role of Po-Han in The Sand Pebbles. He also appeared in Conan the Barbarian, Conan the Destroyer, and Seven Years in Tibet. He delivered a Tony-nominated performance in Pacific Overtures and co-founded East West Players.

#5 Takeshi Kitano

Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: January 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Japanese

#6 Richard T. Jones

Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 16, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Japanese, American
Richard T. Jones is an American actor known for playing important roles in films like Full Court Miracle, The Wood, and Why Did I Get Married? Apart from being an actor, Richard T. Jones is also a preacher/minister and often appears in Christian drama films, such as A Question of Faith.

#7 Brian Tee

Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 15, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Japanese, American
Brian Tee is a Japanese American actor. He is best known for playing Dr. Ethan Choi in the popular medical drama TV series, Chicago Med. Tee has reprised his role as Ethan in spin-off series, such as Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. He has also appeared in popular films like The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and Jurassic World.

#8 Toshiro Mifune

Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 1, 1920
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Japanese
Died: December 24, 1997
Toshiro Mifune was a Japanese actor best known for his collaboration with director Akira Kurosawa. The two worked together for 16 films, most of which are considered cinema classics. In 1986, Mifune was honored with the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon. In 2016, he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

#9 Masi Oka

Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 27, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Japanese, American
Masi Oka soared to fame with his Emmy-nominated and Saturn Award-winning role of Hiro Nakamura in the superhero series Heroes. The Hawaii Five-0 star is a black belt in Japanese fencing and an avid chess player. He is also multilingual and has been a translator at the 1992 Summer Olympics.

#10 Kento Yamazaki

Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 7, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Japanese
Japanese actor/model Kento Yamazaki is best known for his performance as L in the series Death Note and as Minato Shindo in Good Doctor, with the latter winning him a Television Drama Academy Award. He also appeared in films such as Orange and previously modeled for Pichi Lemon magazine.

#11 Hiroshi Kamiya

Famous As: Voice actor
Birthdate: January 28, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Japanese

#12 Mamoru Miyano

Famous As: Actor, Singer, Seiyū, Child actor
Birthdate: June 8, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Japanese

#13 Tadanobu Asano

Famous As: Actor, Guitarist, Musician, Singer, Film director, Model
Birthdate: November 27, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Japanese

#14 Yoshihiro Akiyama

Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: July 29, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Japanese

#15 Antonio Inoki

Famous As: Politician, Professional wrestler, Writer, Actor
Birthdate: February 20, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Japanese

#16 Hideaki Anno

Famous As: Film director, Animator, Actor, Screenwriter, Film producer, Film actor
Birthdate: May 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Japanese

#17 Daisuke Ono

Famous As: Voice Actor
Birthdate: May 4, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Japanese

#18 Takeshi Kaneshiro

Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 11, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Japanese
Taiwanese-Japanese actor Takeshi Kaneshiro was not seen in any major projects after his successful stint in the romantic comedy This Is Not What I Expected, till he announced he was part of the much-delayed Sons of the Neon Night. He is also popular as Samanosuke from the Onimusha video games.

#19 Takahiro Sakurai

Famous As: Voice Actor
Birthdate: June 13, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Japanese

#20 Sessue Hayakawa

Famous As: Actor, Novelist, Screenwriter, Film director
Birthdate: June 10, 1889
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Japanese
Died: November 23, 1973

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