Sonny Chiba

Japanese actor, martial artist (1939-2021)

Shinichi Chiba (千葉 真一, Chiba Shin'ichi, 23 January 1939 – 19 August 2021), also known as Sonny Chiba (サニー 千葉, Sanī Chiba), was a Japanese actor, singer, movie producer and director, and martial artist. He was from Fukuoka, Kyūshū. He was possibly the most famous Japanese movie actor of all time.[1][2][3][4][5]

Chiba at the 2019 GalaxyCon Raleigh

Chiba died on 19 August 2021 at a hospital in Kimitsu, Japan from pneumonia caused by COVID-19, aged 82.[6]



  1. "SPORTS CITY". Kamakura Shobo (in Japanese). 1 (2): 32. 1981.
  2. "Honke Bruce Lee wo shinogu Chiba Shinichi" [Shinichi Chiba surpasses Bruce Lee as the movie star of martial arts]. Sports Hōchi (in Japanese). 27 December 1974.
  3. Katabutsu Nakamura (1999). Kyokushingaiden - Kyokushinkarate Mōhitotsunotatakai [Supplementary biography of Kyokushin - Kyokushinkarate's another battle] (in Japanese). Pípurusha. pp. 172–186. ISBN 4893741373.
  4. Tetsurō Takahira (18 May 2011). "JJ Sonny Chiba Majimesa to yasashisaniafure" [JJ Sonny Chiba - His seriousness and tenderness]. ZAKZAK (in Japanese). Yūkan Fuji. Archived from the original on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
  5. Taichi Kasuga (29 April 2013). "Sekaiteki actionstar Shinichi Chiba ni otoranu Isao Natsuyagi no kinnikubi" [Muscular beauty of summer Isao Yagi who is not inferior to Shinichi Chiba who is the global action star]. Shūkan post (in Japanese). news-postseven (3, 10 May 2013). Archived from the original on 13 October 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
  6. 千葉真一さん死去 82歳 新型コロナ感染し療養も肺炎悪化、8日入院も Archived 2021-08-21 at the Wayback Machine (in Japanese)

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