Tetsurō Tamba

Born in July 17th, 1922

From Tokyo, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan

Tetsurō Tamba Biography

Tetsurō Tamba (July 17, 1922 – September 24, 2006) was a distinguished Japanese actor known for his versatile talent across five decades. Recognized globally for his portrayal of Tiger Tanaka in the iconic 1967 James Bond film "You Only Live Twice," Tamba's cinematic journey was a remarkable blend of cultural bridges. Before embarking on his acting career, Tamba worked as an interpreter for the Allied Powers' Supreme Commander.

Graduating from Chuo University in 1948, he later joined Shintoho company, making his debut in the film Satsujin Yougishain in 1951. Tamba's impact on Western audiences extended beyond Bond, with standout performances in films like Bridge to the Sun and The 7th Dawn. He earned acclaim in Japan as well, most notably as the lead in police dramas like Key Hunter and G-Men '75.

His talents weren't confined to the screen alone. Tamba lent his voice to characters like the Cat King in Studio Ghibli's The Cat Returns and graced historical roles in television dramas, leaving an indelible mark on period pieces. In 2005, Tamba faced health challenges but continued to contribute until the end. Sadly, he passed away in Tokyo at 84 due to pneumonia on September 24, 2006.

His legacy lives on through his son, actor Yoshitaka Tamba, while his last appearances in the 2005 Taiga drama Yoshitsune and the 2006 film Sinking of Japan remain a testament to his enduring impact on Japanese cinema and beyond.

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Tetsurō Tamba Movies

The Cat Returns Poster
July 13, 2005
Gozu Poster
November 23, 2004
The Twilight Samurai Poster
April 23, 2004
Bond Girls Are Forever Poster
November 6, 2002
Shogun's Samurai Poster
December 7, 1984
The Bullet Train Poster
January 1, 1976
The Five Man Army Poster
February 20, 1970
You Only Live Twice Poster
June 13, 1967

Tetsurō Tamba TV Shows

Marco Polo Poster
December 5, 1982
Yoshitsune Poster
January 9, 2005
Toshiie and Matsu Poster
January 6, 2002
Gokenin Zankuro Poster
January 9, 1995
Hashiran ka! Poster
October 3, 1995
Sanada Taiheiki Poster
April 3, 1985

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