BANDď MATATARď
   
SEVEN GENERATIONS
Band˘ Matatar˘ I
  The founder of the line Band˘ Matatar˘ I held this name from his birth in 1667 to the 2nd lunar month of 1704.
Band˘ Matatar˘ II
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He was the son of Band˘ Matatar˘ I and received at birth the name of Band˘ Ushinosuke. He took the name of Band˘ Matajir˘ III when he started to do his training with his father. His father died the 28th of the 2nd lunar month of 1704 and he took the name of Band˘ Matatar˘ II the same year. He kept on acting a few years, appearing on stage for the last time in the 1st lunar month of 1710 at the Moritaza.

Band˘ Matatar˘ III
  The actor ďtani Hiroji II held the name of Band˘ Matatar˘ III from the 11th lunar month of 1736 to the 10th lunar month of 1743.
Band˘ Matatar˘ IV
  The actor Band˘ Matatar˘ IV held this name from the 11th lunar month of 1753 to the 9th lunar month of 1801.

Band˘ Matatar˘ IV playing the role of Band˘ Tar˘ in the drama "Gohiiki Kanjinch˘", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1773 at the Nakamuraza (print made by Katsukawa Shunsh˘)

Band˘ Matatar˘ V
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He started his career as a disciple of Sakata Hangor˘ IV, who gave him the name of Sakata Kumaemon. He became disciple of Ichimura Uzaemon XII and took in the 11th lunar month of 1832 the name of Band˘ Kumajűr˘ II at the Ichimuraza, playing in the drama "Band˘ Musha Tsunagate Hajime". He took the name of Band˘ Matatar˘ V in the 11th lunar month of 1838 at the Ichimuraza, playing the role of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki in the drama "Gin Sekai Ikigoto no Kaomise". He held this name for less than a year, appearing on stage for the last time in the 6th lunar month of 1839, at the Ichimuraza, playing the roles of Yamana Jir˘zaemon, ďwashi Bungo and Sagisaka Bannai in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura". He most likely died in 1840. This tall actor was appreciated as supporting katakiyaku in jidaimono dramas.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
T˘zan T˘gokuya

The actors Band˘ Matatar˘ V and Ichimura Uzaemon XII playing the roles of Sone Jidayű and Shikamata Monnosuke in a print made by Utagawa Kunisada I

Band˘ Matatar˘ VI
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He started his career as a disciple of the star Nakamura Utaemon III, who gave him the name of Nakamura Tsurujűr˘. He was a supporting tachiyaku actor and later on became also katakiyaku. He joined a travelling troupe and was back in Edo in 1855, becoming a disciple of Ichimura Uzaemon XIII. He took the name of Band˘ Matatar˘ VI in the 3rd lunar month of 1855, performing at the Ichimuraza in the drama "Kagamiyama Gonichi no Ishibumi". He acted for 10 years in Edo theaters and appeared for the last time on stage in the 1st lunar month of 1865, at the Ichimuraza, performing in the new year drama "Tsuru no Chitose Soga no Kadomatsu". He most likely died in 1866. He was a good supporting katakiyaku and fukeyaku.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
T˘zan T˘gokuya

Band˘ Matatar˘ VI playing the role of Rai Kuniyuki in the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari" in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)

Band˘ Matatar˘ VII
 

Born the 18th July 1922. He was the eldest son of the actor Band˘ Shűch˘ III. He made his first stage appearance as a koyaku in 1928 and later on took the name of Band˘ Matatar˘ VII. He gave up acting in 1948 and worked as a policeman for a short period of time. He became dance master in 1949.

Honmy˘ Yag˘
Kaneko Katsu T˘gokuya

Band˘ Matatar˘ VII (standing) and Ichikawa Miyosuke playing the roles of Chűbŕ and Umegawa (t˘mi) in the drama "Ninokuchi-mura", which was staged in January 1934 at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘

 
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