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Famous People Named Akira 

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Who knew there were so many famous people named Akira in the world? Our list of celebrities named Akira includes pictures and information about each person when available, so you can get to know them a little better if you don't know them. The famous Akiras below come from all walks of life, but all ended up achieving fame or notoriety in one way or another. This list includes singers named Akira, actors named Akira, and much more. Akira Kurosawa, Akira Takasaki, and Akira Lane are only a few of the well-known people named Akira on this list.
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Akira Kurosawa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Named Akira
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Film Editor

Age: Dec. at 88 (1910-1998)

Birthplace: Shinagawa, Japan

Akira Kurosawa (Kyūjitai: 黒澤 明, Shinjitai: 黒沢 明 Kurosawa Akira; March 23, 1910 – September 6, 1998) was a Japanese film director and screenwriter, who directed 30 films in a career spanning 57 ...more

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Akira Takasaki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Named Akira
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist

Age: 58

Birthplace: Osaka, Japan

Akira Takasaki (高崎 晃, Takasaki Akira, born February 22, 1961, in Osaka, Japan) is a Japanese musician and songwriter. He is best known as the lead guitarist and sole constant member of the heavy ...more
Akira Taue is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Named Akira
Wrestler

Age: 57

Akira Taue (田上 明, Taue Akira) (born May 8, 1961) is a retired Japanese professional wrestler. He is also a former AJPW Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion, a former GHC Heavyweight Champion and ...more
Akira Nishiguchi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Named Akira

Age: Dec. at 45 (1925-1970)

Birthplace: Osaka Prefecture, Japan

Akira Nishiguchi (西口 彰, Nishiguchi Akira, December 14, 1925 – December 11, 1970) was a Japanese serial killer and fraudster. While engaging in confidence scams, he murdered two people, was put ...more
Akira Hokuto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Named Akira
Wrestler, Tarento

Age: 51

Hisako Sasaki (佐々木 久子, Sasaki Hisako, née Uno (宇野), born July 13, 1967) is a Japanese retired professional wrestler better known as Akira Hokuto (北斗 晶, Hokuto Akira).
Akira Ishida is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Named Akira
Actor, Voice acting

Age: 51

Birthplace: Japan, Nisshin

Akira Ishida (石田 彰, Ishida Akira, born November 2, 1967) is a Japanese voice actor and narrator. He was a part of Mausu Promotion (formerly known as Ezaki Production, until its 1990 change of ...more
Akira Yamaoka is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Named Akira
Film Score Composer, Director of audiography, Guitarist

Age: 51

Birthplace: Niigata, Japan

Akira Yamaoka (山岡 晃, Yamaoka Akira, born February 6, 1968) is a Japanese video game music composer, sound designer, guitarist, and producer, best known for composing various games in the Silent ...more
Akira Kamiya is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Named Akira
Actor, Voice acting, Singer

Age: 72

Birthplace: Yokohama, Japan

Akira Kamiya (Japanese: 神谷 明, Hepburn: Kamiya Akira, born September 18, 1946) is a Japanese voice actor. Some of his prominent roles are Kenshiro in Fist of the North Star, Kinnikuman, Ryo Saeba ...more
Akira Emoto is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Named Akira
Actor, Voice acting, Film Director

Age: 70

Birthplace: Japan, Chūō

Akira Emoto (柄本 明, Emoto Akira, born 3 November 1948 in Chūō, Tokyo) is a Japanese actor.
Akira Jimbo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Named Akira
Record producer, Songwriter, Drummer

Age: 60

Birthplace: Japan, Tokyo

Akira Jimbo, also seen as Akira Jinbo (神保 彰, Jinbo Akira, born February 27, 1959), is a Japanese musician who combines electronic drum technology and acoustic drums. Aside from his solo work, he ...more

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Akira Toriyama is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Named Akira
Mangaka, Designer

Age: 63

Birthplace: Nagoya, Japan

Akira Toriyama (鳥山 明, Toriyama Akira, born April 5, 1955) is a Japanese manga artist, game artist and character designer. He first achieved mainstream recognition for his highly successful manga ...more
Akira Kuroiwa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Named Akira
Speed Skater

Age: 57

Akira Kuroiwa (黒岩 彰, Kuroiwa Akira, born 6 September 1961 in Tsumagoi, Gunma) is a former speed skater from Japan, who represented his native country at two consecutive Winter Olympics, starting ...more
Akira Isogawa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Named Akira
Fashion designer, Designer

Age: 55

Birthplace: Kyoto, Keihanshin, Japan

Akira Isogawa is one of Australia's most prominent contemporary fashion designers.
Akira Yoshizawa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Named Akira
Artist

Age: Dec. at 94 (1911-2005)

Birthplace: Kaminokawa, Japan

Akira Yoshizawa (吉澤 章 Yoshizawa Akira; 14 March 1911 – 14 March 2005) was a Japanese origamist, considered to be the grandmaster of origami. He is credited with raising origami from a craft to a ...more
Akira Shoji is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Named Akira

Age: 45

Birthplace: Osaka, Japan

Akira Shoji (小路晃) (born January 31, 1974) is a retired Japanese mixed martial artist and professional wrestler. He is most known as being a regular in almost all the beginning Pride Fighting ...more
Akira Iriye is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Named Akira
Historian, Professor

Age: 84

Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Iriye Akira (入江 昭, born October 20, 1934) is a historian of American diplomatic history, especially United States–East Asian relations, and international issues. He is the only Japanese citizen ...more
Akira Corassani is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Named Akira
Akira Corassani

Age: 36

Birthplace: Lund, Sweden

Hamid Khorassani, professionally known as Akira Corassani, is a retired Swedish mixed martial artist who most recently competed as a featherweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A ...more
Akira Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Named Akira
Mangaka

Age: 57

Birthplace: Sapporo, Japan, Hokkaido, Earth, Asia, + more

Akira Suzuki (すずき あきら, Suzuki Akira), also releasing works under the pseudonym Doitsu Suzuki (鈴木 ドイツ, Suzuki Doitsu), is a Japanese film, anime and manga author, director and editor. He is born ...more
Akira Ifukube is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Named Akira
Film Score Composer, Composer

Age: Dec. at 92 (1914-2006)

Birthplace: Kushiro, Japan

Akira Ifukube (伊福部 昭, Ifukube Akira, 31 May 1914 – 8 February 2006) was a Japanese composer, best known for his works on the film scores of the Godzilla movies since 1954.
Akira Nakao is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Named Akira
Tarento, Actor, Artist

Age: 76

Birthplace: Kisarazu, Japan

Akira Nakao (中尾 彬, Nakao Akira, born August 11, 1942) is a Japanese actor, TV personality, and artist from Kisarazu, Chiba. Nakao is represented by the Furutachi Project agency.
Akira Kume is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Named Akira
Actor, Voice acting

Age: 95

Birthplace: Japan, Tokyo

Akira Kume is a Japanese actor and voice actor.
Akira Terao is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Named Akira
Musician, Actor, Singer

Age: 71

Birthplace: Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama, Japan

Akira Terao (寺尾 聰, Terao Akira, born May 18, 1947) is a Japanese musician, singer and movie actor. He is the eldest son of actor Jūkichi Uno. Terao is known for wearing sunglasses and for his ...more
Akira Koike is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Named Akira
Politician, Physician

Age: 58

Birthplace: Setagaya, Japan

Akira Koike (小池 晃, Koike Akira, born 9 June 1960) is a Japanese politician, who is the secretariat head and vice chair of the Japanese Communist Party. He also serves as a member of the House of ...more
Akira Takarada is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Named Akira
Tarento, Actor

Age: 84

Birthplace: Chongjin, North Korea

Akira Takarada (宝田 明, Takarada Akira, April 29, 1934) is a Japanese film actor best known for his roles in the Godzilla film series.
Akira Nagoya is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Named Akira
Actor, Voice acting

Age: Dec. at 73 (1930-2003)

Birthplace: Tokyo City

Akira Nagoya is a film actor.