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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.
  • Akira Kurosawa

    Film Producer, Screenwriter

    AgeDec. at 88 (1910-1998)

    BirthplaceShinagawa, 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 years....  more

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  • Akira Takasaki

    Film Score Composer, Record producer


    BirthplaceOsaka, 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



    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 has had...  more
  • 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 on the...  more
  • Akira Hokuto

    Wrestler, Tarento


    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)....  more
  • Akira Ishida

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceJapan, 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 name)...  more
  • Akira Yamaoka

    Film Score Composer, Director of audiography


    BirthplaceNiigata, 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 Hill...  more
  • Akira Kamiya

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceYokohama, 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 in...  more
  • Akira Emoto

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceChūō, Japan

    Akira Emoto (柄本 明, Emoto Akira, born 3 November 1948 in Chūō, Tokyo) is a Japanese actor....  more
  • Akira Jimbo

    Record producer, Songwriter


    BirthplaceTokyo, Japan

    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 is...  more
  • Akira Toriyama

    Mangaka, Designer


    BirthplaceNagoya, 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

    Speed Skater


    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 in...  more
  • Akira Isogawa

    Fashion designer, Designer


    BirthplaceKyoto, Keihanshin, Japan

    Akira Isogawa is one of Australia's most prominent contemporary fashion designers....  more
  • AgeDec. at 94 (1911-2005)

    BirthplaceKaminokawa, 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 (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

    Historian, Professor


    BirthplaceTokyo, 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 ever...  more
  • Akira Corassani

    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
  • Age60

    BirthplaceSapporo, Japan

    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 in...  more
  • Akira Ifukube

    Film Score Composer, Composer

    AgeDec. at 91 (1914-2006)

    BirthplaceKushiro, 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....  more
  • Akira Nakao

    Tarento, Actor


    BirthplaceKisarazu, 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. ...  more
  • Akira Kume

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceTokyo, Japan

    Akira Kume is a Japanese actor and voice actor....  more
  • Akira Terao

    Musician, Actor


    BirthplaceHodogaya-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

    Politician, Physician


    BirthplaceSetagaya, 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

    Tarento, Actor


    BirthplaceNorth Korea, North Hamgyong Province

    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. ...  more
  • Akira Nagoya

    Actor, Voice acting

    AgeDec. at 72 (1930-2003)

    BirthplaceTokyo City

    Akira Nagoya is a film actor....  more
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