Ichikawa Utaemon

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Movie Actor
Date of Birth February 25, 1907
Place of Birth Japan
Date of Death Sep 16, 1999 (92)
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Utaemon Ichikawa

Utaemon Ichikawa was a Japanese film actor famous for starring roles in jidaigeki from the 1920s to the 1960s. Trained in kabuki from childhood, he made his film debut in 1925 at Makino Film Productions under Shōzō Makino. Quickly gaining popularity, he followed the example of Makino stars such as Tsumasaburō Bandō in starting his own independent production company, Utaemon Ichikawa Productions, in 1927. It was there he first began the "Idle Vassal" series, which would become his signature role. When his company folded in 1936 as sound film came to the fore, he moved to Shinkō Kinema and then Daiei Studios before helping form the Toei Company after World War II. He served on the board of directors along with fellow samurai star Chiezō Kataoka. Utaemon appeared in over 300 films during his career. His son, Kin'ya Kitaōji, is also a famous actor in film and television.

Born: Feb 25, 1907, Marugame, Kagawa, Japan
Died: Sept 16, 1999
Nationality: Japanese
Occupation: Film actor
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About Ichikawa Utaemon

Japanese actor who played roles in Jidaigeki from 1920 to 1960. His film credits include The Idle Vassal: House of the Snake Princess, and Ako Roshi.

Before Fame

His first film role was in a 1925 Makino Film Production.


He helped form the Toei Company and served with Chiezō Kataoka on the board of directors.

Family Life

He has a son, Kin'ya Kitaōji, who became an actor.


He is a famous Japanese film actor like Ken Watanabe.

Information related to Utaemon Ichikawa

  • Japanese male silent film actors
  • Actors from Kagawa Prefecture
  • Recipients of the Order of the Rising Sun, 4th class
  • Recipients of the Medal with Purple Ribbon
  • 20th-century Japanese male actors
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