Masaharu Fukuyama 福山雅治
I first saw him in Ryoma-den, which is a really good drama. I still haven’t finished watching it because there are about 50 episodes. I also found out that Takeru Satoh is in the same company as him. But anyway, I will find other drama series or movies that he has been in and watch them soon. He is a really good actor. He is mostly famous for his music, but I haven’t heard any of it yet. I will research it soon though.
Masaharu Fukuyama (福山雅治 Fukuyama Masaharu?, born February 6, 1969) is a Japanese musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor from Nagasaki. He is represented by the agency Amuse, Inc.. He debuted in 1990 with the single “Tsuioku no Ame no Naka”.
While he can also be seen in Japanese television drama, Fukuyama is best known for his singing career. His 1992 breakout single “Good night” gained a wide audience because of its tie-in with a TV drama. In 1993, he made his first appearance in Kōhaku Uta Gassen, on which only successful J-pop and enka artists are invited to perform. Propelled by the success of Hitotsu Yane no Shita, in which he played Chinichan, the second older brother in the Kashiwagi family, he had his first million-selling single, “It’s Only Love/Sorry Baby”, in 1994. His 1995 single “Hello” became the second highest selling single that year.
He took a hiatus in 1996, stopping all his entertainment activities except his radio shows. He returned to the entertainment scene in 1998, and his first single after two years hiatus, “Heart/You”, landed at number 3 on Oricon chart and sold 569,000 copies in total. Encouraged by this success, he begins his Daikanshasai (Thanksgiving) series of concerts, to show his appreciation from the support he obtained from his fans.
“Sakura Zaka” and “Niji” are among Masaharu’s popular songs. His 2000 single “Sakura Zaka” sold more than 751,000 copies in its first week and remained at the top of the Japanese Oricon chart for 3 consecutive weeks; it sold about 2,299,000 copies on the Oricon charts overall. “Niji” was a theme song for the Japanese drama Water Boys. His triple A-side single “Niji/Himawari/Sore ga Subete sa”, released on August 26, 2003, debuted at No. 1 on the Oricon single charts and topped them for five consecutive weeks. His has cemented his status as the best-selling male solo artist in Japan, having sold 21.27 million copies so far.
In 2007, after a four-years absence from drama, Fukuyama returned to television, starring as the brilliant but eccentric physicsassociate professor, Manabu Yukawa, in the television drama Galileo. His won “Best Actor” at the 55th Television Drama Academy Awards for the role. He also formed a band, KOH+, with his co-star in the drama Kou Shibasaki.
In 2008, NHK selected Fukuyama to portray Sakamoto Ryōma, the title character, in the 2010 year-long prime-time television Taiga drama Ryōmaden. Read more on Wikipedia