Hiroyuki Sanada

Hiroyuki Sanada is a Japanese actor who has acted and worked in many Japanese and British plays and theatre. However, he is notable for his role in the Shakespeare play ‘King Lear’ as ‘The Fool.’ Likewise, he is also known as a recording artist in Japan and is an all-around martial artist.

His famous movies include ‘The Twilight Samurai,’ ‘The Last Samurai,’ ‘Ring,’ ‘The White Countess,’ ‘Rush Hour 3’ and many more. Apart from that, he has also performed in the plays like ‘Tenshu Story,’ ‘Moonlit Club,’ ‘Paper Moon’ and ‘Stuntman Story.’

Quick Info 
Full NameHiroyuki Shimosawa
Birth DateOctober 12, 1960
Birth PlaceTokyo, Japan
Height5 feet and 7 inches (1.70m/170cm)
Weight63 kg (139 lbs.)
Body Measurement44-32-16 inches
WifeSatomi Tezuki
Net Worth$10 million

Hiroyuki Sanada

Where was Hiroyuki Sanada born?

Hiroyuki Shimosawa was born on October 12, 1960, in Tokyo, Japan. He is currently 59 years old with a Libra zodiac sign.

What are Hiroyuki’s nationality and physical stats?

Hiroyuki Sanada holds Japanese nationality. He stands 5 feet and 7 inches (1.70m/170cm) tall and weighs 63 kg (139 lbs.) His body measured 44-32-16 inches respectively. Besides, he has an athletic body type having a pair of brown eyes color with black hair color.

Where did Hiroyuki Sanada receive his education?

Hiroyuki Sanada studied Shorinji Kempo and later took up Kyokushin kaikan karate. He began his training when he was eleven years old. He received his bachelor’s degree from Nihon University in arts.

Who is Hiroyuki Sanada’s married?

Hiroyuki Sanada married Satomi Tezuka in 1990 and had two children. Unfortunately, the couple broke up in 1997.

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How did Hiroyuki Sanada begin his career?

1980-1985 (early career)

Hiroyuki Sanada has released a series of albums and singles in Japan as a singer from 1980 to 1991, tied to films and T.V. shows. Similarly, in 1997 he starred as a guest appearance in the drama’ J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai.’ He then appeared in the series ‘The Yagyu Conspiracy’ and ‘Abarenbo Shogun’ and in the movies ‘Shogun’s Samurai’ and ‘Message from Space.’ He was then cast in the flick ‘G.I. Samurai’ in 1979 as Takeda Katsuyori. The next year he also did the movie ‘Tonda Couple.’ Soon after this, he appeared in ‘Samurai Reincarnation,’ ‘Ninja in the Dragon’s Den,’ and ‘Fall Guy. In addition, this Japanese actor also got featured in the 1983 movie ‘Legend of the Eight Samurai.’


In 1987 he appeared in the drama series ‘Dokuganryu Masamune’ and the play ‘Little Shop of Horrors.’ The same year he also appeared in the film ‘Sure Death 4: Revenge.’ Then the following year, he played in the flick ‘Who Do I Choose?’ as Shusuke Kaneko; he also acted in the drama ‘Oda Nobunaga’ and in the play ‘Broadway Bound.’ Finally, in 2002 he came into the limelight when he performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company (R.S.C.) in their production of ‘King Lear’ as ‘The Fool.’

This led him to earn an honorary M.B.E., and he was the first Japanese actor to receive M.B.E. and perform with R.S.C. Likewise, in the upcoming year from 1990 to 2009, he appeared in various movies including ‘Tugumi’ in 1990, ‘Crest of Betrayal’ in 1994, ‘East Meets West’ in 1995, ‘Ring,’ ‘Rasen’ and ‘Murder on D Street’ in 1998, ‘First Love’ in 2000, ‘The Twilight Samurai’ in 2002, ‘The Last Samurai’ in 2003, ‘The White Countess’ in 2005, ‘Rush Hour 3’ and ‘Sunshine’ in 2007, ‘The City of Your Final Destination’ in 2009.

Hiroyuki Sanada


Moreover, he also featured in the drama series ‘Lost’ in 2010 and Revenge. He also played the roles of Dr. Hiroshi Hatake and Hideki Yasumoto in the series ‘Helix’ and ‘Extant,’ respectively. Furthermore, in 2015 he appeared as Dumo the Sumo in an animated comedy film’ Minions.’ Sanada also did’ Life’ in 2017 and ‘The Catcher Was a Spy’ in 2018. Sanada gained international fame when he played the superhero film based on Marvel Comics named ‘Avengers: Endgame’ as Akihiko in 2019. He appeared alongside Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Brie Larson, Mark Ruffalo, and others. His recent film in 2020 was ‘Minamata’ and ‘Army of the Dead.’ In 2022, we can see him in the film ‘John Wick: Chapter 4’ as Shimazu.

What are Hiroyuki’s achievements?

Hiroyuki Sanada won Awards from the Japanese Academy in 2003 for ‘Tasogare Seibei’ and in 1982 as Newcomer of the Year. In addition, he has also won Blue Ribbon Award under the category Best Actor in 1994, 1996, and 2006. Likewise, he won Kinema Jumpo Awards in 1989, 1994, 1996, and 2003 under the Best Actor category.

What is the Net Worth of Hiroyuki Sanada?

Hiroyuki Sanada is a famous actor in Hollywood and the Japanese industry who has gained a massive name, fame, and money. His estimated net worth as of 2020 is $10 million.

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