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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 Takeowas 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 Kihachis 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 TVs) Taiyou ni Hoero!, and a close friend to the protagonist, played by Tanaka Kunie, in (Fuji TVs) 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 Takeowas 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 Tokyos 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 hesuccumbedto hisillnesses.

We wish his family our sincerest condolences.

Source and Image: Sanspo

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