Japanese theatre, film and television actor who has played the role of a police detective in both comedy and drama based productions. His credits include Afro Tanaka, Listen to My Heart, and Love Exposure.
He started his career after moving to Tokyo when he was nineteen years old and left the Wahaha Honpo theater troupe in 1999.
His first film role was in the 1998 action film, Love & Pop.
He married actress Reona Hirota in 1994. They had a child before divorcing in 2005 and remarried in 2012.
He is a fellow Japanese film actor to Asano Tadanobu.