Years active 1942–2009
|Name Keiju Kobayashi|
|Born November 23, 1923 (1923-11-23) Gunma, Japan|
Died September 16, 2010, Tokyo, Japan
Awards Japan Academy Prize for Special Award from the Chairman
Movies Whisper of the Heart, Sanjuro, Nihon Chinbotsu, The Return of Godzilla, Battle of Okinawa
Similar People Hisaya Morishige, Kihachi Okamoto, Toshiro Mifune, Mikio Naruse, Shinobu Hashimoto
SANJURO - Trailer - HQ - (1962)
Keiju Kobayashi (小林桂樹, Kobayashi Keiju, 23 November 1923 – 16 September 2010) was a Japanese actor. Born in Gunma Prefecture, he began acting at the Nikkatsu studio after dropping out of Nihon University and made his film debut in 1942. In a career that spanned 65 years, he appeared in over 250 films, most famously in the "Company President" (Shachō) comedy films made at Toho, where he worked alongside Hisaya Morishige, Daisuke Katō, Norihei Miki, and others. There he helped define the popular image of the postwar salaryman. He also won many awards for his acting, including best actor awards at the Mainichi Film Awards for The Naked General in 1958 (where he played Kiyoshi Yamashita), for Kuroi gashū in 1960, and for The Elegant Life of Mr Everyman in 1963. Kobayashi appeared in films made by such notable directors as Akira Kurosawa, Yasujirō Ozu, Mikio Naruse, and Kihachi Okamoto. He continued to give powerful performances after largely moving to television in the late 1960s.
He died on 16 September 2010 of heart failure at the age of 86.