Yutaka Mizutani

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Yutaka Mizutani
Born (1952-07-14) July 14, 1952 (age 66)
Ashibetsu, Hokkaidō, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 1965–present
Spouse(s) Ran Ito (m. 1989)
Children Shuri

Yutaka Mizutani (水谷 豊, Mizutani Yutaka) is a Japanese actor and singer. He was born on July 14, 1952,[1] in Ashibetsu, Hokkaidō, Japan.

Biography

Mizutani was raised from the age of eight in Tokyo, Japan. He started acting at the age of twelve, when a neighbor introduced him to a children's acting school in the area. When he discovered that going to an acting school wasn't the same as meeting the people he admired on TV, he wanted to quit, but by that time he had been selected to play a small role in a 'Vampire', a television movie being filmed by Fuji Television. This role launched his reluctant career, and though he purposely took a number of years off work to try studying, his failing to get into university urged him to continue in the acting business.

It was after the age of 20 when his career as an actor finally took off. His first major drama was in 1974, called Kizu Darake no Tenshi (Battered Angel).

At the moment Mizutani stars in a regular TV Asahi detective drama called Aibō (相棒) with actors Yasufumi Terawaki (2000-2008), Mitsuhiro Oikawa (2009-2012) and Hiroki Narimiya (2012-).

Music

In addition to acting, his agency, "TRI-SUM", also encouraged him to put out music albums starting from 1977, all of which sold very well. His last album was released in 2009 (Time Traveler).

Mizutani is currently under the avex IO label of the Avex Group.

Filmography

Film

Television

  • Taiyō ni Hoero! (1972–74) – Mamoru (ep. 1), Jirō (ep. 30), Kyōichi (ep. 54) and Saburō (ep. 109)
  • Kizudarake no Tenshi" ja:傷だらけの天使 (1974-1975) - Akira Inui
  • Akai Gekiryū ja:赤い激流 (1977) – Toshio Tashiro
  • Otokotachi no Tabiji" ja:男たちの旅路 (1976-1982) - Yōhei Sugimoto (by ep. 1, 4th season)
  • Netchu Jidai (1978–81) – Kōdai Kitano
  • Tantei Monogatari (1979) – Ichirō Tamura (ep. 5)
  • Aibō (2000–) – Ukyō Sugishita
  • Izakaya Moheji ja:居酒屋もへじ (2011–) – Heiji Yonemoto

Personal relationships

Mizutani was once married to an American actress by the name of Miki MacKenzie in 1982. They divorced in 1986. He is now married to ex-pop idol Ran Ito from the 1970s singing group Candies. He has one daughter.

References

  1. ^ 水谷豊 みずたに・ゆたか. allcinema.net (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "相棒 -劇場版III- 巨大密室!特命係 絶海の孤島へ(2014)". allcinema.net (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "王妃の館(2015)". allcinema (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 

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