Takeshi Kitano (18 January 1947) is a Japanese comedian, television personality, director, actor, author, and screenwriter, born in Adachi, Tokyo. With the exception of his works as a film director, he is known almost exclusively by the stage name Beat Takeshi.
Kitano rose to prominence in the 1970s as one half of the comedy duo Two Beat, before going solo and becoming one of the three biggest comedians in the country. After several small acting roles, he made his directorial debut with 1989’s Violent Cop and garnered international acclaim for Sonatine.
His latest work include the final piece of the Outrage trilogy – movie Outrage Coda – he both directed and played the lead role. He also worked as an actor for the computer game Yakuza 6: The Song of Life.