Tetsurō Tamba

Tetsurō Tamba

Tetsurō Tamba (July 17, 1922 – September 24, 2006) was a distinguished Japanese actor known for his versatile talent across five decades. Recognized globally for his portrayal of Tiger Tanaka in the iconic 1967 James Bond film "You Only Live Twice," Tamba's cinematic journey was a remarkable blend of cultural bridges. Before embarking on his acting career, Tamba worked as an interpreter for the Allied Powers' Supreme Commander. Graduating from Chuo University in 1948, he later joined Shintoho company, making his debut in the film Satsujin Yougishain in 1951. Tamba's impact on Western audiences extended beyond Bond, with standout performances in films like Bridge to the Sun and The 7th Dawn. He earned acclaim in Japan as well, most notably as the lead in police dramas like Key Hunter and G-Men '75. His talents weren't confined to the screen alone. Tamba lent his voice to characters like the Cat King in Studio Ghibli's The Cat Returns and graced historical roles in television dramas, leaving an indelible mark on period pieces. In 2005, Tamba faced health challenges but continued to contribute until the end. Sadly, he passed away in Tokyo at 84 due to pneumonia on September 24, 2006. His legacy lives on through his son, actor Yoshitaka Tamba, while his last appearances in the 2005 Taiga drama Yoshitsune and the 2006 film Sinking of Japan remain a testament to his enduring impact on Japanese cinema and beyond.
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    Tokyo, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
    Birthday
    7/17/1922
You Only Live Twice
You Only Live Twice
6.6
The Challenge
The Challenge
7
Kwaidan
Kwaidan
7.7
Pigs and Battleships
Pigs and Battleships
7
Demon Pond
Demon Pond
6.2
Gozu
Gozu
6.8
The Wolves
The Wolves
7.3
The Castle of Sand
The Castle of Sand
7.3
Deadly Outlaw: Rekka
Deadly Outlaw: Rekka
6.7
The Cat Returns
The Cat Returns
7.1
The Water Margin
The Water Margin
6.6
Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs
Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs
6.4
Under the Flag of the Rising Sun
Under the Flag of the Rising Sun
7.5
Hunter in the Dark
Hunter in the Dark
6.5
The Happiness of the Katakuris
The Happiness of the Katakuris
7
The Five Man Army
The Five Man Army
6.6
Violent Streets
Violent Streets
6.5
Samurai Spy
Samurai Spy
6.6
Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky
Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky
6.8
Goyokin
Goyokin
7.5
The Peking Man
The Peking Man
3
Sakuya: The Slayer of Demons
Sakuya: The Slayer of Demons
6.1
Revenge
Revenge
7.5
The 7th Dawn
The 7th Dawn
6.4
Bandits vs. Samurai Squadron
Bandits vs. Samurai Squadron
6.2
Three Outlaw Samurai
Three Outlaw Samurai
7.4
Shadow Hunters
Shadow Hunters
6
Shadow Hunters 2: Echo of Destiny
Shadow Hunters 2: Echo of Destiny
6
Japanese Hell
Japanese Hell
4.2
The Executioner II: Karate Inferno
The Executioner II: Karate Inferno
5.1
Assassination
Assassination
7
Submersion of Japan
Submersion of Japan
6.7
Bohachi Bushido: Code of the Forgotten Eight
Bohachi Bushido: Code of the Forgotten Eight
6.8
Blackmail Is My Life
Blackmail Is My Life
6.4
Mysterious Pygmy
Mysterious Pygmy
0
Mount Hakkoda
Mount Hakkoda
6.8
Screwed
Screwed
4.9
Heat Wave
Heat Wave
5.8
Samurai from Nowhere
Samurai from Nowhere
7.1
Prophecies of Nostradamus
Prophecies of Nostradamus
5.7
Zero Fighter
Zero Fighter
4.2
Crimson Bat - Oichi: Wanted, Dead or Alive
Crimson Bat - Oichi: Wanted, Dead or Alive
7.3
The Scandalous Adventures of Buraikan
The Scandalous Adventures of Buraikan
6.9
You're My Destiny
You're My Destiny
0
Night Train
Night Train
1
Samurai from Somewhere
Samurai from Somewhere
7
The Fencing Collegian
0
Underwater Murder
0
A Taxing Woman's Return
A Taxing Woman's Return
6.3
Onimasa: A Japanese Godfather
Onimasa: A Japanese Godfather
6.3
Suspicion
Suspicion
6.7
Shogun's Ninja
Shogun's Ninja
6.1
Graveyard of Honor
Graveyard of Honor
6.2
There Goes Benio, the Smart Girl
There Goes Benio, the Smart Girl
6
Gang vs. Gang
Gang vs. Gang
7
Flames of Blood
Flames of Blood
7
Conflagration
Conflagration
4
Blind Beast vs Dwarf Killer
Blind Beast vs Dwarf Killer
3.5
Queen of Asia
Queen of Asia
6
Psychic: Traveler to the Unknown
Psychic: Traveler to the Unknown
0
Quick on the Trigger
8
Abashiri Prison
Abashiri Prison
6.5
Be Free!
0
The Ceiling at Utsunomiya
5.8
The Imperial Japanese Empire
The Imperial Japanese Empire
5.5
Bridge to the Sun
Bridge to the Sun
6.8
Zero
Zero
4.2
Silence
Silence
7.1
Battle Anthem
Battle Anthem
7
The Gambling Samurai
The Gambling Samurai
6.3
Twilight Saloon
Twilight Saloon
8
The Battle of Okinawa
The Battle of Okinawa
7.4
Daredevil in the Castle
Daredevil in the Castle
7.4
Mukeisatsu
0
Speed King
0
A Flame at the Pier
A Flame at the Pier
6
All Rascals
All Rascals
0
The Alaska Story
The Alaska Story
6
Harakiri
Harakiri
8.4
Dead Angle
Dead Angle
7
An Outlaw
An Outlaw
4.8
Tange Sazen
Tange Sazen
0
The Pacific War and the International Military Tribunal
The Pacific War and the International Military Tribunal
0
金語楼の海軍大将
金語楼の海軍大将
0
The Shogun's Vault
The Shogun's Vault
6.5
A Class to Remember IV: Fifteen
A Class to Remember IV: Fifteen
9
Kingoro's Soldier
0
金語楼の雷社長
0
The Young Eagles of the Kamikaze
The Young Eagles of the Kamikaze
6
Female Neo-Ninjas
4
Emperor Meiji and the Great Russo-Japanese War
Emperor Meiji and the Great Russo-Japanese War
0
Kyōen Kobanzame
0
Kuro to aka no hanabira
0
Kukai
Kukai
0
August without Emperor
August without Emperor
6
Submarine Ro Hasn't Surfaced
0
Flickering Flames
Flickering Flames
10
Army Intelligence
0
Kaachan
0
Battles Without Honor and Humanity: The Complete Saga
Battles Without Honor and Humanity: The Complete Saga
6.7
April Fish
April Fish
1
Choshichiro's Edo Diaries: The Yagyu Conspiracy
Choshichiro's Edo Diaries: The Yagyu Conspiracy
0
Human Revolution II
Human Revolution II
0
Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Proxy War
Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Proxy War
7.2
The Bad Boss
The Bad Boss
0
G-Men in the Pacific
G-Men in the Pacific
6
The Wild Daisy
The Wild Daisy
6
Jubaku: Spellbound
Jubaku: Spellbound
6
High Seas Hijack
High Seas Hijack
0
Rajo to satsujin-meiro
0
A Madcap Corporation
A Madcap Corporation
0
Tokyo Pop
Tokyo Pop
7.5
Nezumi Kozō kaitō den
Nezumi Kozō kaitō den
0
Greatest Boss of the Showa Era
Greatest Boss of the Showa Era
0
Call from Darkness
Call from Darkness
5.7
Shinran: Path to Purity
Shinran: Path to Purity
5
Gambler's Farewell
Gambler's Farewell
6
The International Gang of Kobe
The International Gang of Kobe
5.7
The Incident
The Incident
6.3
All Men Are Brothers
All Men Are Brothers
6.8
Nichiren
Nichiren
0
Greed in Broad Daylight
Greed in Broad Daylight
7
Jakoman and Tetsu
Jakoman and Tetsu
6
Thirst for Love
Thirst for Love
5.5
Yakuza Ladies 3
Yakuza Ladies 3
0
The Bullet Train
The Bullet Train
6.7
The Ghost of Kasane
The Ghost of Kasane
6.7
A Wicked Woman
A Wicked Woman
6.5
Blood of Revenge
Blood of Revenge
6.6
Four Sisters
Four Sisters
6
Organized Violence II
Organized Violence II
6
Four Days of Snow and Blood
Four Days of Snow and Blood
7
King of the Gang
King of the Gang
0
Penitentiary Brothers
Penitentiary Brothers
0
The Private Police
The Private Police
0
The Way to The Gold Medals
The Way to The Gold Medals
0
Tales of Young Genji Kuro 3
Tales of Young Genji Kuro 3
7.2
Fireflies in the North
Fireflies in the North
5.3
The Last True Yakuza
The Last True Yakuza
5
Quarreling with Yakuza
Quarreling with Yakuza
0
Yakuza Skirmishes
Yakuza Skirmishes
0
The Ando Gang Documentary Film
The Ando Gang Documentary Film
6
Dissolution Rites
Dissolution Rites
6
Gang vs. G-Men
Gang vs. G-Men
6
Black Lizard
Black Lizard
6.5
Portrait of Chieko
Portrait of Chieko
0
Shogun's Samurai
Shogun's Samurai
7.1
The Fall of Ako Castle
The Fall of Ako Castle
6.6
Samurai Reincarnation
Samurai Reincarnation
5.9
Crayon Shin-chan: Explosion! The Hot Spring's Feel Good Final Battle
Crayon Shin-chan: Explosion! The Hot Spring's Feel Good Final Battle
6.8
13 Assassins
13 Assassins
7.4
Wild Cop 2
Wild Cop 2
6.5
Sazen Tange and The Secret of the Urn
Sazen Tange and The Secret of the Urn
6.6
The Geisha
The Geisha
6.3
The Yellow Climate
The Yellow Climate
0
The Classroom of Terror
The Classroom of Terror
6
The Imperial Navy
The Imperial Navy
6.6
The Armed Organization
The Armed Organization
0
Red Peony Gambler: Biographies of a Gambling Room
Red Peony Gambler: Biographies of a Gambling Room
5.9
Eleven Gangsters
Eleven Gangsters
0
Twilight of the Cockroaches
Twilight of the Cockroaches
6.1
The Shogun Assassins
The Shogun Assassins
5
To Trap a Kidnapper
To Trap a Kidnapper
6
Port Arthur
Port Arthur
7.8
Get 'em All
Get 'em All
6
L・O・V・I・N・G
L・O・V・I・N・G
0
The Thousand Year Fire
The Thousand Year Fire
0
Once and For All
Once and For All
0
The Story of a Man Among Men
The Story of a Man Among Men
6
A Case of Murder by the Atami Station Taxi Stand
0
The Gambler's Counterattack
The Gambler's Counterattack
0
Organized Violence
Organized Violence
0
Japan's Violent Gangs: The Boss and the Killers
Japan's Violent Gangs: The Boss and the Killers
0
Blood and Law
Blood and Law
0
Destroyer Yukikaze
Destroyer Yukikaze
0
The Kii River
The Kii River
8
Rise and Fall of Chivalry
Rise and Fall of Chivalry
6.5
Informal Dress
Informal Dress
0
Mist and Shadows
Mist and Shadows
0
Gang Loyalty and Vengeance
Gang Loyalty and Vengeance
5
Female Slave Ship
Female Slave Ship
6
The Sand Boat
The Sand Boat
0
The Sacrifice of the Human Torpedoes
The Sacrifice of the Human Torpedoes
0
The Twilight Samurai
The Twilight Samurai
7.7
Japan's Top Gangster
Japan's Top Gangster
0
Operation Plazma in Osaka
Operation Plazma in Osaka
6.5
Organized Crime: Killer's Glory
Organized Crime: Killer's Glory
0
1750 Days of Turbulence
1750 Days of Turbulence
8.5
Abashiri Prison: Duel in Hokkaido
Abashiri Prison: Duel in Hokkaido
0
Postwar Secrets
Postwar Secrets
10
The Domain: Kanto Legends of Chivalry
The Domain: Kanto Legends of Chivalry
6
Murderer!
Murderer!
7
The Bushido Blade
The Bushido Blade
5.3
Love: Starting on a Journey
Love: Starting on a Journey
2.5
Tale of Ninja Duty
Tale of Ninja Duty
1
Emperor & Empress Meiji and the Sino-Japanese War
Emperor & Empress Meiji and the Sino-Japanese War
0
Karafuto 1945 Summer
Karafuto 1945 Summer
8.5
Yakuza Warfare
Yakuza Warfare
6
Vendetta of Obligation
Vendetta of Obligation
0
School Be-In Bully
School Be-In Bully
0
The Great Duel
The Great Duel
6
The Human Revolution
The Human Revolution
0
Game of Chance 3
Game of Chance 3
6
The Making Of The Katakuris
The Making Of The Katakuris
6
Company Buggers
Company Buggers
7
Gamblers and Racketeers
Gamblers and Racketeers
0
New Abashiri Prison Story: Honor and Humanity, Ammunition That Attracts the Storm
New Abashiri Prison Story: Honor and Humanity, Ammunition That Attracts the Storm
0
Cabaret
Cabaret
4.7
Secret Prophecies of Nostradamus
0
Message from Space
Message from Space
5.9
The Stupid Teacher
The Stupid Teacher
0
The Supernormal II
The Supernormal II
4
Sugata Sanshiro
0
Troops of Darkness
Troops of Darkness
6
Teruo Ishii Fan Club
Teruo Ishii Fan Club
0
Taira no Kiyomori
Taira no Kiyomori
0
The Great Shogunate Battle
The Great Shogunate Battle
5.7
Gang and G-Men Part 2
Gang and G-Men Part 2
0
Lone Rebel
Lone Rebel
0
The Corporation
The Corporation
1
T.R.Y.
T.R.Y.
2
Hell's Kitchen
Hell's Kitchen
0
Drive for the Future
Drive for the Future
0
花眞珠
花眞珠
0
Tabaruzaka
Tabaruzaka
0
検事とその妹
検事とその妹
0
Tetsuro Tamba's Great Spirit World: What Happens When You Die
Tetsuro Tamba's Great Spirit World: What Happens When You Die
0
Admiral Yamamoto and the Allied Fleets
Admiral Yamamoto and the Allied Fleets
0
The Hitman Blood Smells Like Roses
The Hitman Blood Smells Like Roses
5.2
Tokyo: The Last War
Tokyo: The Last War
7.3
Snake Woman's Curse
Snake Woman's Curse
6.3
Zero sen no jorō gun
Zero sen no jorō gun
0
Yakuza Demon
Yakuza Demon
6.1
Spycatcher J3: SOS Close Shave
Spycatcher J3: SOS Close Shave
6
Operation Diamond
Operation Diamond
0
Tokyo Gang Vs. Hong Kong Gang
Tokyo Gang Vs. Hong Kong Gang
0
King of Pornography
King of Pornography
5.6
Tokyo Untouchable
Tokyo Untouchable
0
13 Assassins
13 Assassins
7
Futari dake no toride
Futari dake no toride
0
Cherry Blossoms in the Air - The Suicide Raiders - Oh, Buddies!
Cherry Blossoms in the Air - The Suicide Raiders - Oh, Buddies!
0
Gamblers: The Dragon Tattoo
Gamblers: The Dragon Tattoo
0
Shiosai
Shiosai
0
The School Deviate Waru
The School Deviate Waru
0
鬼姫競艶録
鬼姫競艶録
0
Umineko ga tonde
Umineko ga tonde
0
The Villain from Edo Kochiyama Soshun
The Villain from Edo Kochiyama Soshun
0
Ino Tadataka: Meridian dreams
Ino Tadataka: Meridian dreams
0
The Tale of Genji
The Tale of Genji
0
The Tale of Saikaido
The Tale of Saikaido
0
Dai shinrin ni mukatte tatsu
Dai shinrin ni mukatte tatsu
0
Shōwa Gokudōshi
Shōwa Gokudōshi
0
Detective
Detective
0
Shogun's Shadow
Shogun's Shadow
6.7
Sky Scraper!
Sky Scraper!
0
The Return of the Filthy Seven
The Return of the Filthy Seven
0
The Gambler
The Gambler
0
Tokyo Untouchable: Escape
Tokyo Untouchable: Escape
0
The Code of Man
The Code of Man
0
The Kingdom of Jirocho 3
The Kingdom of Jirocho 3
0
Shura Group
Shura Group
0
Kim's War
Kim's War
0
Bond Girls Are Forever
Bond Girls Are Forever
5.8
Tokyo Drifters
Tokyo Drifters
0
The Exotic Locations of 'You Only Live Twice'
6
Best Ever Bond
5
Minamoto Yoshitsune
5
South Pacific Waves Are High
South Pacific Waves Are High
0
Hawk of the Harbour
Hawk of the Harbour
0
長七郎江戸日記スペシャル 長七郎 大奥まかり通る
長七郎江戸日記スペシャル 長七郎 大奥まかり通る
0
ひばりの三役 競艶雪之丞変化 後篇
ひばりの三役 競艶雪之丞変化 後篇
0
Hibari no san'yaku: Kei tsuya yuki no jôhenge
Hibari no san'yaku: Kei tsuya yuki no jôhenge
0
Tetsuro Tamba's Great Spirit World 2: I was surprised when I died!!
Tetsuro Tamba's Great Spirit World 2: I was surprised when I died!!
0
Tetsuro Tamba’s Great Spiritual World 3: Amazing Reincarnation Story That Ran Around the Whole
Tetsuro Tamba’s Great Spiritual World 3: Amazing Reincarnation Story That Ran Around the Whole
0
The Political Game
The Political Game
0
Samon’s Hell Revenge: Unauthorised Jutte Records 2 - The Assassination of the Shogun
0
Tokugawa Ieyasu – TBS Warlord Special
Tokugawa Ieyasu – TBS Warlord Special
0
Aurora Borealis
Aurora Borealis
4.1
Ankoku gai jingi
Ankoku gai jingi
0
Zankokuna tsuki
Zankokuna tsuki
0
The White Tiger Battalion
The White Tiger Battalion
0
Hanran
Hanran
0
Kuronekokan ni Kieta Otoko
Kuronekokan ni Kieta Otoko
0
Homicide
Homicide
0
Kōgen ni ressha ga hashitta
Kōgen ni ressha ga hashitta
0
Men and War I: Prelude to Destiny
Men and War I: Prelude to Destiny
6
Capone: Roppongi Renkin no Teio
Capone: Roppongi Renkin no Teio
0
Kizu-darake no futeki-sha
Kizu-darake no futeki-sha
0
The Duel in the forbidden territory
The Duel in the forbidden territory
0
Red Flowers of Hell
Red Flowers of Hell
0
Uragirimono wa jigoku daze
Uragirimono wa jigoku daze
0
Mysterious Clouds: Legend of Satomi's Heroic Deed
Mysterious Clouds: Legend of Satomi's Heroic Deed
0
Element of Surprise
Element of Surprise
0
Monument to Holy Service
Monument to Holy Service
0
剣聖 暁の三十六番斬り
剣聖 暁の三十六番斬り
0
Ronin on a Mission
0
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