Sonny Chiba : Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Children and Wiki Bio

Shinichi Chiba, known internationally as Sonny Chiba, was a Japanese actor and martial artist know all about him in this article as like his Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Children and Wiki Bio

Sonny Chiba  : Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Children and Wiki Bio
Sonny Chiba
  Bio
Name Sonny Chiba
Birthdate ( Age) 22 January 1939
Place of Birth Fukuoka, Fukuoka, Japan
Died 19 August 2021
Nationality Japanese
Marital Status  Married
Spouse/Partner Tamami Chiba (m. 1996–2015), Yōko Nogiwa (m. 1973–1994)
Children Mackenyu, Gordon Maeda, Juri Manase
Parents Name Not Known 
Education junior high school in Kimitsu
Profession Japanese actor and martial artist
Net Worth $6 million
Last Update August 2021

Shinichi Chiba known internationally as Sonny Chiba, was a Japanese actor and martial artist.Chiba was one of the first actors to achieve stardom through his skills in martial arts, initially in Japan and later before an international audience.

Sonny Chiba with Family

He began to star also on some jidaigeki such as Shogun's Samurai (1978), The Fall of Ako Castle (1978), G.I. Samurai (1979), Shadow Warriors (1980), Samurai Reincarnation (1981).

Early Life and Family

Born Sadaho Maeda in Fukuoka, Japan, he was the third of five children in the family of a military test pilot. When he was four years old, his father was transferred to Kisarazu, Chiba, and the family moved to Kimitsu, Chiba.After Chiba went to junior high school in Kimitsu, the physical education teacher advised him to do artistic gymnastics. He also was passionate about track and field sports, baseball, and volleyball. 

He participated in those four sports championships of Chiba Prefecture. In high school, Chiba dedicated himself to artistic gymnastics and won the National Sports Festival of Japan while in his third year He enjoyed watching movies, including Western movies such as Shane and High Noon.Chiba went to the Nippon Sport Science University in 1957. He was a serious candidate for a place in the Japanese Olympic team in his late teens until he was sidelined by a back injury

Sonny Chiba Wife

Chiba divorced his first wife, actress Yōko Nogiwa, with whom he has a daughter, Juri Manase, who is also an actress. He has two sons from his second marriage to Tamami Chiba. Their children Mackenyu Arata and Gordon are actors.His younger brother, Jirō Yabuki (also known as Jiro Chiba), was also an actor.

Sonny Chiba Net Worth

Shinichi Chiba, known internationally as Sonny Chiba, was a Japanese actor and martial artist. who has an estimated Net Worth of between $6 million in 2021. 

Professional Career

Sometime around 1960, he was discovered in a talent search (called "New Face") by the Toei film studio, and he began his screen career soon after The CEO of Toei at the time bestowed him with the stage name "Shinichi Chiba."

His acting career began on television, starring in two tokusatsu superhero shows, first replacing Susumu Wajima as the main character Kōtarō Ran/ Seven Color Mask in Seven Color Mask (Nana-iro kamen) in the second half of the series, then starred as Gorō Narumi/Messenger of Allah in Messenger of Allah (Allah no Shisha). His movie debut and first starring movie role was the 1961 science fiction movie Invasion of the Neptune Men.

 Later that year, Chiba appeared in the first Kinji Fukasaku film, Drifting Detective: Tragedy in the Red Valley, which marked the beginning of a long series of collaborations for the two. Over the next decade, he was cast primarily in crime thrillers. By 1970, Chiba had started his own training school for aspiring martial arts film actors and stunt performers known as J.A.C (Japan Action Club). 

He starred in the Karate Kiba (Bodyguard Kiba), after appearing on the Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Deadly Fight in Hiroshima in 1973. Karate Kiba was the first movie for him about martial arts. Chiba's breakthrough international hit was The Street Fighter (1974) which was brought to Western audiences (dubbed in English) by New Line Cinema.

The film and its sequels established him as the reigning Japanese martial arts actor in international cinema for the next two decades. It was New Line Cinema founder Robert Shaye who gave Chiba the English name "Sonny", which Chiba would adopt as his own (mostly for non-Japanese projects) from that point on.

His subsequent projects included such pictures as The Bullet Train (1975), Karate Warriors (1976), Doberman Cop (1977), Golgo 13: Assignment Kowloon (1977) and The Assassin (1977). He also occasionally returned to the science fiction genre, in movies such as Message from Space (1978).

He began to star also on some jidaigeki such as Shogun's Samurai (1978), The Fall of Ako Castle (1978), G.I. Samurai (1979), Shadow Warriors (1980), Samurai Reincarnation (1981). He was not only actor but also stunt coordinator for G.I. Samurai, Burning Brave (1981), and Shogun's Shadow (1989). He was executive producer and director for Yellow Fangs (1990) and also directed and starred in Oyaji (2007). 

Chiba portrayed Yagyū Jyubei multiple times, first in the 1978 film Shogun's Samurai. His next appearance as Jyubei was in the TV production The Yagyu Conspiracy, which aired aired from 1978 to 1979. His third appearance as Jyubei was in the TV production Yagyū Abaretabi, which aired in 1980 and 1982. His final appearance as Jyubei was Iemitsu to Hikoza to Ishintasuke TV movies that aired in 1989. Another his notable japanese television role is Hattori Hanzō in Shadow Warriors.

Chiba has starred in more than 125 films for Toei Studios and has won numerous awards in Japan for his acting. After appearing in the taiga drama Fūrin Kazan in november 2007, he announced the retirement of the stage name Shinichi Chiba and will now be known (in Japan) as J.J. Sonny Chiba Justice Japan Sonny Chiba) as an actor and Rindō Wachinagaas a film director.