"Subject: Takeshi Kitano, otherwise known as Beat Takeshi, Japanese film director, comedian, singer, actor, author, screenwriter, poet, painter - okay what wasn't this guy? And one time, video game designer. Yeah, you hear that? One time, 'cause one time is all he needed. After that, the sea floor split open and swallowed the Caribbean! Earthquakes ravaged the west coast of America!*
— JonTron, pretty much summing up Takeshi's career.
Takeshi Kitano (born 18 January 1947) is a Japanese actor, director, and comedian who has starred in many cult films, in particular Hana Bi and Battle Royale.
In his native country he is famous as a comedian and talk show host, but has achieved international success with Takeshi's Castle, which was given a Gag Dub as MXC in the US, as well as forays into more serious film work, such as Sonatine and Ghost in the Shell. Nowadays he is most famous for portraying the titular blind samurai in Zatoichi.
Also the creator of Takeshi's Challenge.
As an actor, he is usually credited "Beat" Takeshi.
Partial Filmography: Directed (Acting roles marked with an *):