Yujiro Ishihara (石原 裕次郎 Ishihara Yūjirō?, December 28, 1934 – July 17, 1987) was a Japanese actor and singer born in Kobe. His elder brother, Shintaro Ishihara, is an author, politician, and the former Governor of Tokyo. Yujiro debuted in 1956 in “Season of the Sun,” based on a novel written by his brother. As a representative youth star in films of the postwar era, and subsequently as a macho movie hero, he was called a Japanese Elvis Presley and beloved by many fans, who extravagantly mourned his early death at age 52.
Yujiro Ishihara won a prize for best new actor at the 1958 Blue Ribbon Awards for the films Washi to taka (1957) and Man Who Causes a Storm (1957).
His movies and music are still followed by lovers of the Shōwa period. On the date of his death, 17 July, his mourning ceremony is often rebroadcast on TV.
Spouse: Mie Kitahara. He founded the Ishihara Productions film company. He died on July 17, 1987 from liver cancer. His image is on a 1997 Japanese… read more