Japan veteran actor Ken Takakura dies at 83

TOKYO (AP) — Acclaimed Japanese film star Ken Takakura, known for many stoic heroes he played on silver screen, has died of lymphoma. He was 83.

His office and media reports said Tuesday that Takakura died Nov. 10 at a Tokyo hospital where he had been treated for the illness.

Takakura, perhaps best known abroad for his police inspector role in Ridley Scott’s “Black Rain” in 1989, debuted in Japan in 1956 and surged to stardom starring in yakuza films such as “Abashiri Prison” in the 1960s. He also starred detective stories and dramas including the 1977 “The Yellow Handkerchief” and the 1999 “Railroad Man,” in which he was awarded best actor in the Montreal World Film Festival.

The 2012 award-winning “Dearest” became his last of more than 200 films he starred.