Takeshi Kitano (born 18 January 1947) is a Japanese actor, director, and comedian who has starred in many cult films, in particular ''Film/HanaBi'' and ''Film/BattleRoyale.''

In his native country he is famous as a comedian and talk show host, but has achieved international success with ''Series/TakeshisCastle'', which was given a GagDub as ''Series/{{MXC}}'' in the US, as well as forays into more serious film work, such as ''Film/{{Sonatine}}'' and ''Film/{{Ghost in the Shell|2017}}''. Nowadays he is most famous for portraying the titular blind samurai in ''[[Film/{{Zatoichi2003}} Zatoichi]]''.

Also the creator of ''[[VideoGame/TakeshisChallenge Takeshi's Challenge]]''.

As an actor, he is usually credited [[SameFaceDifferentName "Beat" Takeshi]].