MAJOR LEAGUE: BACK TO THE MINORS
TAKAAKI ISHIBASHI (Take Tanaka) made his American motion
picture debut in the role of Tanaka in "Major League II."
Ishibashi is one of Japan's most popular multimedia stars.
His rise to fame began in 1980 after he and a partner, Noritake
Kinashi, won the grand prize on Nippon TV's "Comedy Star
Search" show with their act, "Tunnels." Since then,
his largest impact has been on television, where he's starred
in numerous comedies and dramas. Ishibashi's highlyrated
shows run concurrently on Japanese television. He stars on "Hammer
Priee," "Tunnels, Thanks to Everyone" and "Newton"
(all on the Fuji Network) and "Tunnels Live" on Nippon
Ishibashi hosted Japan's highestrated radio talk show, "All
Night Nippon," on the Nippon Broadcasting Network and has
recorded a number of albums. His single, "Gara Gara Hebi,"
sold nearly 2,000,000 units.
Ishibashi has starred in the Japanese feature film "Sorobanzuku,"
which was a huge hit at the Japanese box office, and appeared
in the American film "Steal Big, Steal Little," starring
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