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千葉真一  ♂
Sonny Chiba Shinichi
Chiba Shinichi,  Sadao Maeda,  Shinichi Chiba
Born: January 22nd, 1939 (Japan) - Died: August 19th, 2021

Filmography (1966-2004)
  Actor (9 films)
    Secret of the Diamond (1966) ... Mitarai Ken
    Tokyo Seoul Bangkok Drug Triangle (1973) ... Tatsuya Wada
    Soul of Chiba (1977) ... Sonny
    Golgo 13: Kowloon Assignment (1977) ... Golgo aka Duke Togo
    Fighting Fist (1992) ... Supt. Yamada
    The Storm Riders (1998) ... Conqueror Xiong Ba
    The Legend of the Flying Swordsman (2000) ... Fun's father
    Born to Be King (2000) ... Ichiro Kusakari
    Explosive City (2004) ... Otosan
  Director (1 film)
    Fighting Fist (1992)    
  Sonny Chiba is a legend of martial arts and action films with international appeal. His career spans three decades with leading roled in over thirty motion pictures. He is most noted for his performances in "The Streetfighter," "Return of the Street Fighter," and "Streetfighter's Last Revenge" - classics of the martial arts genre. Chiba's title role in "The Streetfighter" series is also said to be Quentin Tarantino's "favorite martial arts anti-hero." He is one of Japan's most recognized actors, and has appeared in films produced on both sides of the Pacific. His most recent films include "Body Count," "Immortal Combat" and "Iron Eagle 3 - Aces."

- Biography from Storm Riders DVD

Officially retired from action roles in 2008 after suffering an asthma attack on the set on a television series. He acts under his real name of Sadao Maeda in Japan and uses J.J. Sonny Chiba outside of Japan.