is one of Japan's most noted action stars who, in the sixties, was in such high demand that he starred in about ten films per year. Born in the Hyogo region in 1941, he enrolled at the Aoyama Gakuin University in 1960 and, in his senior year, his brother and friends sent in an application for him to audition for a film role. Unexpectedly, he was spotted in the dining room by a casting director and hired without even auditioning.
Watari's credits include Tokyo Nagaremono (1966), the Burai series of films, Ken to Hana (1972), the TV action series Dal Tokai (75,77,78) and Seibu-Keisatsu (79-83). His more recent appearance in Yukai (77) and Shigure no Ki (98) have won him many acting honors. Along with Toshiro Mifune and Ken Takakura, he is considered one of Japan's big three actors and has achieved legendary status there. Watari has served as President of Ishigara Productions since 1987.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.
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