began his career at age 16, working at Toei Movie Company's Kyoto Film Studio. He gained experience by playing roles as an extra and a stunt man and made his movie debut in Kurama Tengu in 1959. Since then he has become one of the most pre-eminent Kirareyaku actors (a Samurai who is often cut by a hero and dies). His autobiography, appropriately, is entitled "Someone Somewhere Watches Me - Japan's Best Kirareyaku."
Fukumoto has appeared in such movies as Shin Jinginaki Tatakai-Kumicho no Kubi (Fight Without Loyalty-Gang Leader's Head), the updated version of the popular Yakuza (Japanese Mafia) movie series, Ryusei Ichizoku no Inbo (Conspiracy, Formed by the Ryusei Family), Iga Ninpo Cho (The Story of the Art of Iga Ninja), Gokudo no Tsumatachi (Gangster's Wives), Toy and Red Shadow Akakage. He has also appeared in television dramas such as Echizen Ooka, Samurai Momotaro Heiji Zenigata, Abarenbo Shogun (Violent Shogun) and Sanbiki ga Kiru (Three Samurai Cut by a Sword).
Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.
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