|Kitano in Outrage|
Takeshi Kitano was born on January 18, 1947 in Tokyo. He began his entertainment career as a comedian. As part of a duo know as Two Beat, or sometimes The Two Beats, he became known as "Beat Takeshi."
|Kitano in his role as director on the set of Outrage|
He is a film director and actor, as well as a writer of both screenplays and books. As a director he is known in the U.S. for such films as Outrage (2010), The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003), and Sonatine (1993). He also acted in all of these.
|Kitano, left, in Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence|
He also is well known for his roles in Battle Royale (2000) and Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983), among others.
|In Achilles and the Tortoise (2008) which he also wrote and directed|
So, Happy Birthday, 'Beat Takeshi', and best wishes for many more.