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Takeshi Kitano
北野 武
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Kitano at the premiere of Ghost in the Shell, March 2017
Born 18 January 1947 (1947-01-18) (age 74)
Adachi, Tokyo, Japan
Other names Beat Takeshi
Alma mater Meiji University
Occupation Comedian, television personality, film director, actor, author, screenwriter, film editor, singer, painter, one-time video game creator
Years active 1972–present
Spouse(s) Mikiko Kitano
Relatives Hideshi Matsuda (brother-in-law)
Awards Golden Lion (1997)
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Takeshi Kitano (北野 武 Kitano Takeshi; born 18 January 1947), also known as Beat Takeshi, is a Japanese comedian, television personality, director, actor, author, and screenwriter. He was born in Tokyo, Japan.

Kitano is known for his roles as Outrage (2010) as Otomo and as Chief Daisuke Aramaki Ghost in the Shell (2017). He directed Violent Cop (1989) and Sonatine (1993). He won a Golden Lion in 1998.

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