Yukio Mishima

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Birthday
14, 1925
Birthplace
Japan
Death Date
Nov 25, 1970 (45)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
14, 1925
Birthplace
Japan
Death Date
Nov 25, 1970 (45)

About

Remembered for such avant-garde literary works as The Sound of Waves, The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, and Silk and Insight, this Nobel Prize-nominated Japanese novelist also wrote poems and Kabuki plays and had a second career as an actor, bodybuilder, and model.

Before Fame

Although his father forbade him from writing, viewing the practice as "effeminate," Mishima secretly wrote numerous stories during his childhood and teenage years. After attending the University of Tokyo, he briefly worked for the Japanese government's Finance Ministry before becoming a full-time writer.

Trivia

As an actor, he starred in director Yasuzo Masumura's 1960 Japanese Mafia movie, Afraid to Die.

Family Life

His marriage to Yoko Sugiyama resulted in a son and a daughter. Throughout his marriage, however, he had romantic liaisons with men.

Associated With

American filmmaker Paul Schrader directed Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, a 1985 Mishima biopic.

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