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Chii Takeo passes away due to heart failure

June 30, 2012 @ 11:44 pm
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At around 7 AM on June 29, actor Chii Takeo passed away in a hospital in Minato, Tokyo due to heart failure.  Chii was known for his heartfelt acting and for the characters he played in “Taiyou ni Hoero!,” “Kita no Kuni Kara,” along with his other roles in numerous TV dramas and movies.  He is also remembered for his appearances on numerous variety programs.

Chii Takeo was 70 years old.  He was born in Chiba prefecture.  His next of kin will carry out his funeral proceedings.

After graduating from high school, he entered a school for actors. In 1968, he debuted in Okamoto Kihachi’s film “Kiru.”  As a result of the success of his first starring role in the film “Okinawa” in 1970, he went on to appear in two more movies of the same genre – “Sensou to Ningen” and “Kaigun Tokubetsu Shonenhei.”

From the 1980s on, he was active mainly in television dramas.  He played a veteran detective in (Nihon TV’s) “Taiyou ni Hoero!”, and a close friend to the protagonist, played by Tanaka Kunie, in (Fuji TV’s) “Kita no Kuni Kara.”

He also appeared in numerous historical plays and 2 hour dramas.  He played an extensive variety of roles from the serious to the comical. Chii Takeo was a well-known supporting actor.

In recent years, he was lovingly known on variety programs as “ChiiChii.”  Moreover, he was known for his “Chii Sanpo” (TV Asahi, Kanto Local) program where he walked through Tokyo’s suburbs and introduced various locations, but in February of this year, he announced a break from the program due to health issues.  It is said that starting in June, he was repeatedly hospitalized.  Unfortunately, yesterday he succumbed to his illnesses.

We wish his family our sincerest condolences.

Source and Image: Sanspo

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