Sonny Chiba BioGraphy

Today we will introduce Sonny Chiba about his life by remembering him through this article. How his childhood was from Ruchi to Black Belt. Apart from this, we will also talk about his’s acting career here. His’s full name is Shinichi Chiba. He was born on 22 January 1939. His birth place is Fukuoka, Japan. He has just died at the age of 82 on 19 August 2021 in Kimitsu, Japan due to Covid.

Sonny Chiba BioGraphy

The Japanese actor was born in 1961 in the city of Fukuoka. His’s father was a military test pilot. The family had five children. After transferring his father to a new job, the whole family moved to the city of Kimitsu. He had the nationality of Japanese. His birth sign is Aquarius. He was a Japanese actor as well as a martial artist. He is known internationally as Sunny Chiba. He is the first actor to achieve stardom in Japan and later in international audiences through his skills in martial arts.


Chiba began acting in the early 1960s and has starred in over 165 films to date. The actor received the greatest fame thanks to filming in films about martial arts. Initially, Chiba was filmed in Japan, and later became famous in world cinema. In 1973, the actor played one of the roles in the crime action movie Mortal Kombat in Hiroshima. This was followed by roles in such films as “Street Fighter” (1974), “Doomed to Loneliness” (1977). 1980s – 1990s brought the actor roles in the films “Bushido Sword”, “The Legend of the Eight Samurai”, “Fight for the Immortals” and others. Among the major works of the actor in the 2000s, it is also worth noting his role in two parts of the crime thriller Quentin Tarantino “Kill Bill” with Uma Thurman in the title role.

Personal Life

Chiba married actress Yoko Nogiva. In this marriage, the daughter of Juri (Julia) Manase was born, who also became an actress. Sonny also had a second marriage, from which he has two sons: Machenu is also an actor, and Gordon.


He never told anything about his parents to the media. But sources have revealed that he has a brother named Jiro Yabuki. He did not always share his personal life on the media. He used to keep his personal life and professional life separate.

Real Name Shinichi Chiba
Nick Name
Date Of Death 19 August 2021
Date Of Birth 22 January 1939
Nationality American
Religion Don’t Know
Gender Male
Birth Place Fukuoka, Japan
  • Actor
  • Martial artist
Zodiac Sign Aquarius
Year Active 1960–2021
Father Name Don’t Know
Mother Name Don’t Know
Sister Name Don’t Know
Brother Name Jiro Yabuki
Children Name
  • Juri Manase
  • Mackenyu
  • Gordon Maeda
Spouse Name
  • Yoko Nogiwa (m. 1972; div. 1994)​
  • Tamami Chiba ​(m. 1996; div. 2015)
School Name Junior high school
Husband Name Nippon Sport Science University
Qualification First-degree black belt
Physical Status
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Height 1.79 m
Body Masculine
  • In Kilograms- 78 kg
  • In Pounds- 172 lbs Approx
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Brown
Shoe Size 9 (US)
Chest size 40 inches Approx
Biceps 14 inches Approx
Waist Size 32 inches Approx
Dress Size 15 (US) Approx
Sexual Orientation Straight
Relationship Status
Are you married ? Yes
Is he Gay No
Any Affair No
Partner Name Don’t Know
Ex – Wife name
  • Yoko Nogiwa (m. 1972; div. 1994)​
  • Tamami Chiba ​(m. 1996; div. 2015)
 Social Network
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Instagram Link
YouTube channel Link
Snapchat Link

School Journey

He did his schooling from junior high school in Kimitsu. In school, he was advised by a physical education teacher to do artistic gymnastics. He was interested in playing track and field sports, baseball and volleyball since his school days. He played while participating in those four sports competitions of Chiba Prefecture. He won the National Sports Festival of Japan. After graduating from high school, he  took admission in Nippon Sport Science University in 1957. Chiba became a student at the Japan University of Physical Education. It was at this time that he became interested in karate. His mentor was Master Masutatsu Oyama. Under his leadership, Sonny was soon awarded a black belt.

Martial Arts Ranks

  • Kyokushin Karate: 4th Dan
  • Ninjutsu: 4th Dan
  • Goju-ryu karate: 2nd Dan
  • Shorinji Kempo: 2nd Dan
  • Judo: 2nd Dan
  • Kendo: 1st Dan


He did his first film in 1961. In 1961, he acted in many films such as Police Department Story: Alibi, Police Department Story: The 15 Year Old Woman, Drifting Detective: Tragedy in the Red Valley, Drifting Detective: Black Wind in the Harbor, Invasion of the Neptune Men. , Vigilante in the Funky Hat, Police Department Story: Twelve Detectives and other movies. After that he won the hearts of the audience in 1962 with his tremendous performances in films like The Kamikaze, Love School, Escape: The 2/26 Incident, For Love, the Sun, and the Gang, Higher Than the Stars in the Sky, Tragedy of Twins. had won. In 1963, he did films like Life of Blackmail, Gang Chusingura, Special Tactical Police 2, Twins in the Meadow, Special Tactical Police, Yakuza’s Song. If you want to check his complete film list, then click on this link.


  • In 2013 : Ninja Theory As Ninja master
  • In 2018 : Shakespeare in Tokyo As Calligrapher


  • 1981 : Yagyu Jubei Makai Tensho & Stuntman Story
  • 1982–1984 : The Big Adventure of The Fantastic Pirates
  • 1985 :  The Drunken Duke
  • 1986 : Adventure Youth Departure & Stuntman Love Story
  • 1987 : Shinichi Chiba’s Shadow Warriors
  • 2008 : Furin Kazan: Harunobu Burning
  • 2015 :Biohazard: The Stage

Net Worth

Talking about the net worth of Chiba, his net worth is around $4 Million to $8 Million.

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