Legendary Japanese tough guy actor Ken Takakura dies at 83

November 18, 2014 7:17 AM

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Legendary Japanese tough guy actor Ken Takakura dies at 83

Ken Takakura, who first rose to stardom in the 1960s playing yakuza outlaws, but later became Hollywood's go-to actor for made-in-Japan films, died on Nov. 10 at age 83 of malignant lymphoma. A private funeral had already been held when Japanese media broke the story today.

The legendary actor most recently starred in Zhang Yimou's "Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles" and for Western audiences, was best known for his roles in Ridley Scott's "Black Rain" and "Mr. Baseball."

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