Professor Toru Tanaka

Biography

Born: 6 January 1930, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA Birth Name: Charles Kalani Height: 6' 2" (1.88 m) Built like the proverbial Patton tank, Professor Toru Tanaka was arguably the successor to Harold Sakata as the archetypal Asian henchman who possessed incredible strength, and clobbered those foolish enough to tangle with him. Born Charles Kalani, he was a successful wrestler and served for over ten years in the US Armed Forces attaining the rank of sergeant. Tanaka first appeared playing a Japanese sumo wrestler on the TV series Little House on the Prairie, however his first film role pitched him as an insidious villain in the chop socky An Eye for an Eye (1981) in which he faces down Chuck Norris before being kicked through a large table. In total, Tanaka appeared in only 23 films including appearing alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger twice in The Running Man (1987) and Last Action Hero (1993). Appearing in The Perfect Weapon (1991) with 6th degree Kempo black belt, Jeff Speakman, Tanaka comes to a fiery end courtesy of an LPG tank!! In reality, Tanaka was far removed from his own screen persona, and was known to be a kind & generous man to all who knew him. Died: 22 August 2000, Los Angeles, California, USA (heart failure)

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Birth Name

Charles Kalani

Birth Place

Honolulu, Hawái, Estados Unidos

Birth Date

1/6/1930

Death Date

8/22/2000
Known For
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Deadly Game

Ikiru-Sun

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Catch the Heat

Dozu

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Hard Justice

Cookie (uncredited)

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Shanghai Surprise

Yamagani San

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The Perfect Weapon

Tanaka

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Martial Law

Jimmy Kong

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3 Ninjas

Rushmore (as Toru Tanaka)

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Dead Heat

Butcher

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Revenge of the Ninja

Sumo Servant (as Prof. Toru Tanaka)

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Missing In Action 2: The Beginning

Lao

Starring In
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Catch the Heat

Dozu

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Hard Justice

Cookie (uncredited)

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Last Action Hero

Tough Asian Man

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3 Ninjas

Rushmore (as Toru Tanaka)

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The Perfect Weapon

Tanaka

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Deadly Game

Ikiru-Sun

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Alligator II: The Mutation

Wrestler, Tokyo Joe

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Darkman

Chinese Warrior #2 (as Prof. Toru Tanaka)

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Martial Law

Jimmy Kong

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Black Rain

Sugai's Man

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Dead Heat

Butcher

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The Running Man

Subzero

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Shanghai Surprise

Yamagani San

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Volunteers

Sumo Guard

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Pee-wee's Big Adventure

Butler

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Missing In Action 2: The Beginning

Lao

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Revenge of the Ninja

Sumo Servant (as Prof. Toru Tanaka)

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An Eye for an Eye

The Professor

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