Kiyoshi Atsumi

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Birthday: Mar 10, 1928
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Although almost unknown outside his native Japan, comic actor Kiyoshi Atsumi played the country's most beloved character, Tora-jiro Kuruma (more familiarly known as Tora-san), in what the Guiness Book of Records has noted as the world's longest-running film series in which the same actor played the title role. At the height of Atsumi's popularity, one critic claimed that the actor's face "is known better than the emperor himself." Atsumi learned to act on-stage during the 1950s. The wandering peddler Tora-san was created by Atsumi and director Yoji Yamada for a 1968 television series. Instead they made him a movie star for Shochiku Studios in 1969 with Otoko wa Tsuraiy (It's Hard Being a Man) (1969). The series ran until 1995 and all but six episodes were ranked as the most popular and lucrative Japanese films of the year. Though Atsumi was not a handsome man -- many wags find the urge to compare his face and body with a potato -- his rebellious, free-spirited ways with the ladies and his sly tendency to satirize uptight "face-saving" with his audaciously irresponsible manner, provided many salarymen and women with delightful alter egos. Atsumi passed away from lung cancer on August 4, 1996. Atsumi was 68.

Filmography

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CREDIT
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Uwasa no Torajirô (Talk of the Town Tora-san) Actor 2014
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Haikei, Kuruma Torajiro sama Actor 2014
No Score Yet Tokijiro Of Kutsukake - Lone Yakuza Actor 1998
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro no endan (Tora-san's Matchmaker) Torajiro 1993
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro no kokuhaku (Tora-san Confesses) Torajiro 1992
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro no kyuujitsu (Tora-san Takes a Vacation) Torajiro 1990
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Shiretoko bojo (Tora-san Goes North) (It's Tough to Be a Man: Shiretako Longing) Tora-san 1990
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Boku no ojisan (Tora-san, My Uncle) Torajiro 1990
No Score Yet Tora-san Takes a Vacation (Otoko wa tsuraiyo - Torajiro no kyujitsu) Actor 1990
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro monogatari (Tora-san Plays Daddy) Torajiro 1987
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Shibamata yori ai wo komete (Tora-san's Island Encounter) Tora-san 1985
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro shinjitsu ichiro (Tora-san's Forbidden Love) Tora-jiro 1985
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Hana mo arashi mo Torajiro (Tora-san, the Expert) Tora-san 1982
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro ajisai no koi (Hearts and Flowers for Tora-san) Actor 1982
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Naniwa no koino torajiro (Tora-san's Love in Osaka) Torajiro 1981
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro haibisukasu no hana (Tora-san's Tropical Fever) Torajiro 1980
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro haru no yume (Tora-san's Dream of Spring) Tora-san 1980
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Tonderu torajiro (Tora-san, the Matchmaker) Tora-san 1980
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro to tonosama (Tora-san Meets His Lordship) Tora-san 1978
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro wagamichi wo yuku (Stage-struck Tora-san) Tora-san 1978
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro gambare! (Tora-san Plays Cupid) Tora-san 1977
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro aiaigasa (Tora-san's Rise and Fall) Tora-san 1977
No Score Yet Tora-san's Sunrise and Sunset Actor 1977
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo (Am I Trying) (It's Tough Being a Man) (Tora-san Our Lovable Tramp) Torajiro 1974
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro yumemakura (Tora-san's Dream-Come-True) Tora-san 1972
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Boukyou hen (Tora-san's Runaway) Actor 1971
No Score Yet Tora-san's Grand Scheme Torajiro 1970
No Score Yet Tora-san, His Tender Love Actor 1970
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo (It's Tough Being a Man) (Am I Trying) Actor 1969
No Score Yet Tora-san's Cherished Mother Torajin 1969
No Score Yet The Man Without a Map (Moetsukita chizu) Actor 1968
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro kurenai no hana Actor

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