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Minoru Chiaki (July 30, 1917 (some sources say April 28)–November 1, 1999) was a Japanese actor who appeared in such films as Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai and The Hidden Fortress.
In Seven Samurai he was the good-natured samurai Heihachi and he was the first of the samurai to be killed. Ironically, in real life he turned out to be the last of the seven actors to die.
Later in his career he appeared as a secondary actor in many Toei films. In 1986 he was given the Best Actor prize at the Japan Academy Prize ceremony for his performance in Toei's Gray Sunset (1985).
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|1||The Face of Another (1966)||Apartment Superintendent||7|
|2||High and Low (1963)||First Reporter||9.5|
|3||The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (1959)||Onodera Heichô||10|
|4||The Hidden Fortress (1958)||Tahei||8.3|
|5||The Lower Depths (1957)||Former Samurai||-|
|6||Throne of Blood (1957)||Yoshiaki Miki||7.6|
|7||Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956)||Sasuke the boatman||9|
|8||Godzilla Raids Again (1955)||Kôji Kobayashi||6|
|9||I Live in Fear (1955)||Jiro Nakajima||7|
|10||Seven Samurai (1954)||Heihachi Hayashida||8.5|
|12||The Idiot (1951)||Mutsuo Kayama, the secretary||-|
|14||Stray Dog (1949)||Girlie Show director||8|