Actor Yasuoka Rikiya passes away
Sixty-five year old film actor Rikiya, known for playing villain roles, dies of heart failure.
by Carolyn Huang
Date Published: 04/09/2012
Yasuoka Rikiya (1947-2012). Photo courtesy of Tokyohive.com.
Yasuoka Rikiya passed away on Sunday, April 8. The sixty-five year old actor died of heart failure at Tokyo Hospital. Rikiya also suffered from Guillain-Barré syndrome, a nervous disorder, and liver cancer. Despite receiving a partial transplant from his oldest son in August 2010, Rikiya’s cancer relapsed.
According to Tokyohive, Rikiya was “famous for depicting ‘villain’ roles in many TV and film productions” most memorably in Tampopo in 1985 and Ridley Scott’s Black Rain in 1989. He debuted in 1964 with the film Jidosha Dorobo and starred in the movie series Furyo Bancho in the 1970s. Rikiya also appeared in variety shows like Downtown no Gottsu Ee Kanji and played “Hotateman,” or Clam Man, in Oretachi Hyokin Zoku.
Rikiya had been traveling with his son Rikito, an aspiring actor, just before his hospitalization and death, according to Japan Zone. Rikiya’s family is organizing a private funeral with a memorial commemorating the actor.