- Jan 14, 2016
Tomisaburo Wakayama came from a theatric family in Japan - his father being a noted Kabuki performer. He studied martial arts from an early age and followed his father into the theater, joining a Kabuki troup. He later gave up Kabuki to devote himself entirely to martial arts, but was recruited by a film company in 1955 to act as a swordsman in one of their movies. He impressed not only by his skill with the sword, but by his acting ability. Thus began a long and distinguished film career that spanned several decades until his death in 1992, and which included Hollywood movies including Ridley Scott's 1989 film, Black Rain. He is best known for his roles as Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman and in the film series Lone Wolf and Cub.