Hiroyuki Sanada

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Hiroyuki Sanada, born as Hiroyuki Shimosawa, is a famous Japanese actor

Oct 12, 1960

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Personal Details

  • Birthday: October 12, 1960
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Famous: Film & Theater Personalities, Actors
  • Spouses: Satomi Tezuka (ex-wife)
  • Known as: Duke, Hiroyuki Shimosawa
  • Universities:
    • Nihon University
  • Birth Place: Tokyo, Japan

Hiroyuki Sanada born at

Tokyo, Japan

Birth Place

Hiroyuki Sanada was born as Hiroyuki Shimosawa on October 12, 1960 in Tokyo, Japan. He graduated from Nihon University. In 1990, he married Satomi Tezuka and had two children. Unfortunately, the couple broke up in 1997.

Personal Life

In 1977, Hiroyuki Sanada guest-starred in the drama ‘J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai’. He then appeared in the series ‘The Yagyu Conspiracy’ and ‘Abarenbo Shogun’ as well as in the movies ‘Shogun's Samurai’ and ‘Message from Space’. Sanada was then cast as Takeda Katsuyori in the flick ‘G.I. Samurai’ in 1979. A year later, he did the movie ‘Tonda Couple’. Soon after this, he was seen in the films ‘Samurai Reincarnation’, ‘Ninja in the Dragon's Den’ and ‘Fall Guy’.


The actor then got featured in the 1983 movie ‘Legend of the Eight Samurai’. He acted in the film ‘Sure Death 4: Revenge’ in 1987. The same year, he was cast in the drama series ‘Dokuganryu Masamune’ as well as in the play ‘Little Shop of Horrors’. After this, he performed in the play ‘Big River’ in 1988. A year later, he played the role of Shusuke Kaneko in the flick ‘Who Do I Choose?’ The same year, he also acted in the drama ‘Oda Nobunaga’ and in the play ‘Broadway Bound’.


From 1990 to 2009, Sanada appeared in a number of films, such as ‘Tugumi’, ‘Nemuranai Machi: Shinjuku Sam’, ‘Crest of Betrayal’, ‘East Meets West’, ‘Ring’, ‘Rasen’, ‘Murder on D Street’, ‘First Love’, ‘The Twilight Samurai’, ‘The Last Samurai’, ‘The White Countess’, ‘Rush Hour 3’, ‘Sunshine’ and ‘The City of Your Final Destination’. During this time period, he also acted on stage, in plays like ‘Hamlet’ and ‘King Lear.’ In addition, he appeared in many TV projects, such as 'Taiheiki', ‘Koko Kyoshi’, ‘The Reason I Owed to Her’, ‘Hideyoshi’ and ‘Furuhata Ninzaburō’.


In 2010, the Japanese star joined the cast of the drama series ‘Lost’. Soon after this, he got the chance to act in the series ‘Revenge’. Sanada then performed in the movies ‘The Wolverine’ and ‘The Railway Man’ in 2013. The following year, he played the roles of Dr. Hiroshi Hatake and Hideki Yasumoto in the series ‘Helix’ and ‘Extant’ respectively. He then appeared as Bill Condon in the flick ‘Mr. Holmes’ and as Takehaya in the drama ‘The Last Ship’. In 2017, Sanada did the movies ‘Life’ and ‘The Catcher Was a Spy’.