Born the 7th of July 1933. He started his career after WWII, in January 1950 when he became a disciple of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII,
received the name of Matsumoto Takaya and performed at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ in "Ichij˘ ďkura Monogatari".
He became nadai and took the name of Matsumoto K˘jaku I in September 1957 at the Kabukiza,
playing the role of Okumi in the drama "M˘ja Zuma". This program celebrated also the shűmei of
3 others nadai actors: Nakamura Kichigor˘ I, Matsumoto Komagor˘ II and Matsumoto K˘nosuke. It was also the hatsu butai
of Ichikawa Arajir˘ III and Matsumoto Matsunosuke. Matsumoto K˘jaku was active in ˘shibai up to August 1994,
when he appeared on stage for the last time, at the Kabukiza, where he played the role of the ny˘b˘ Otoma
in Uno Nobuo's drama "K˘dan Yomiya no Ame". He suddenly died the 21st of August 1994 and was replaced on stage by Nakamura Shinobu.
He was an important supporting onnagata actor for the K˘raiya guild.