Tamio Kawaji was a popular Japanese actor and he has made a lot of names for himself. He has good acting skills and his fans love to watch all his movies. No matter what genre whenever he was on the cast list the film or TV show was meant to do well. Even though he has done a lot of impressive work few movies have made him even more renowned. He is best known for playing important roles in Chi-n-pi-ra (1984), Gappa the Triphibian Monsters (1967), and The Warped Ones (1960). Here is all you need to know about this legendary actor.
Bio and Early Life
Tamio was born on 21st July 1938 while he died on 10th February 2018. Since his childhood, he was interested in acting and tried to polish his skills by working in various movies. His parents tried to support him and even his siblings are close to him. He was a student at Kanto Gakuin University and he was a bright student. His mentor Yujiro Ishihara was one of his neighbors in Zushi, Kanagawa. They got very close and he invited him to join the Nikkatsu studio. Since he started working at the studio he started getting some experience that later helped him gain success. Most of his co-workers poured in their tributes when his death news arrived in the media.
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Tamio made his debut in one of the most famous movies ‘A Slope in the Sun’ (1958). He played Ishihara and the younger brother of another famous character. The studio owned by his neighbor initially was sold to him and he prepared his roles there. They all made a “Bad Trio” and both Akira Kobayashi and Tadao Sawamoto were a part of it. He has appeared in a lot of films that are directed and created by Koreyoshi Kuraara and Seijun Suzuki. You will not be surprised to know that he is probably most known overseas as compared to other Japanese actors.
Some of his most prominent movies include both The Warped Ones (1960) and Black Sun (1964). Tamio had to quit working with Nikkatsu and signed up for the Toei Company. He co-starred in the 9-film Mamushi kyōdai series. Even though he had his individual fame working with Bunta Sugawara in the 1970s made him even more prominent. Apart from films he has also worked in many TV shows. However, his last acting appearance was a mystery plot that released in 2017. One of the best roles he has done so far General includes playing the role of Sawaii in Ultraman Tiga.
The total net worth of Tamio happens to be around $1 million. He has achieved all this fame and fortune with this active career. Till his death, he has done many prominent films and TV shows. His talent is incomparable and the young actors can learn from their legendary senior actor. There is not much information given about his family or wife but he has stated that he was close to them.