Masao Kusakari

Masao Kusakari
Born (1952-09-05) September 5, 1952
Kokura, Fukuoka, Japan
Occupation Actor, model
Years active 1970–present
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Children Kuran Kusakari
Mayū Kusakari

Masao Kusakari (草刈 正雄 Kusakari Masao, born September 5, 1952 in Kokura) is a Japanese actor and model.


Masao Kusakari was born in Fukuoka Prefecture (on the Southern island of Kyushu) to a Japanese mother and an American father who died in the Korean War.[1] Because of his heritage, he was taller than the average Japanese of the time. Considered stunningly good looking, his debut into the public eye began when he became a model for the Shiseido Cosmetics Company in the early 1970s. From there he broke into television and film, where he has worked steadily for over 30 years. He has a broad range, from starring in a television comedy series such as "Tsuhan Man" ("Shopping Hero" about a home shopping network), to singing in musicals such as "Victor-Victoria," "My Fair Lady" and "Cabaret."



Year Title Role Director
1974 ESPY Jirō Miki Jun Fukuda
1976 Brother and Sister Inokichi Tadashi Imai
1979 G.I. Samurai Masakichi Kōsei Saitō
1980 Virus Yoshizumi Kinji Fukasaku
1981 Eijanaika Itoman Shohei Imamura
1989 Yuwakusha Kazuhiko Sotomura Shunichi Nagasaki
2004 Ultraman Manjōme Kazuya Konaka

Television dramas

Year Title Role Network Notes
1985 Sanada Taiheiki Sanada Yukimura NHK
1994 Minami-kun no Koibito Chiyomi's father EX
Hana no Ran Hino Katsumitsu NHK Taiga drama
1996 Furuhata Ninzaburō Ken'ichirō Inui CX
Iguana Girl Masanori Aoshima EX
2005 Yoshitsune Taira no Tomoyasu NHK Taiga drama
2008 Atsuhime Abe Masahiro NHK Taiga drama
2010 Saka no Ue no Kumo Katō Tomosaburō NHK
2011 Honda Masanobu NHK Taiga drama
2012 Priceless Hirose CX
2016 Sanada Maru Sanada Masayuki NHK Taiga drama
2017 Bakumatsu Gourmet Bushi Meshi! The Lord NHK


Title Role Notes
My Best Friend's Wedding George Downes (Rupert Everett) 2000 NTV edition
WALL-E Captain B. McCrea

Awards and prizes

Year Award Category Result
1975 19th Elan d'or Awards Newcomers of the Year Won


  1. "Kusakari Masao". Kotobanku (in Japanese). Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved 14 April 2015.

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