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|Nickname:||Toshirô Mifune / Toshiro Mifune / The Wolf|
|Known for:||The Seven Samurai, Rashômon, Yojimbo the Bodyguard|
|Birth name:||Sanchuan Minlang|
|Birthday:||1 April 1920, Tsingtao, China (now Qingdao, Shandong, China)|
|Height:||5' 9" (1.75 m)|
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TriviaRanked #90 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997] Was considered early on by George Lucas for the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars (1977). Father of Shirô Mifune Mexican director/producer Ismael Rodríguez cast him as the drunken Mexican-Indian title role of his film Ánimas Trujano (El hombre importante) (1962). Mifune studied a tape of a Mexican actor speaking his dialog to memorize his lines. Then, on the shooting he was able to speak his entire part in Spanish. Despite this fact, in the finished film, his voice is dubbed by Mexican actor Narciso Busquets. Due to his intense, intimidating screen presence and real-life status as a physical powerful tough guy and war veteran, most people (whether having known him only from film or having personally meet him) got the impression that Mifune was a much larger man than he actually was, in reality he stood 5' 9". However, even at this size he was indeed 2 or 3 inches taller than most of his male co-stars. Spoke fluent Mandarin. Grandfather of Rikiya Mifune Although born in China, he was from a fully Japanese family. His performance as Sanjuro Kuwabatake in Yôjinbô (1961) is ranked #78 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006). He actually wanted to be a photographer, not an actor. He got his start in the movies when he blundered into an audition by mistake and flew into a rage. In the graphic novel series Usagi Yojimbo, Usagi's overlord is named Lord Mifune, in honor of Toshiro Mifune.