|SAWAMURA SHOZAN III|
Real name: Yamanaka S˘jir˘
Line number: SANDAIME (III)
Poetry name: Shozan (3)
Existence: 11 October 1902 ~ 3 December 1968
Father: Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII
Disciple: Sawamura Chidori
11 October 1902: Born in T˘ky˘. He is the second son of Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII.
September 1908: he makes his first stage appearance, at the Kabukiza, where he receives the name of Sawamura Yoshijir˘ III.
1931: he spends most of this year abroad, studying Western theatre arts in Europe and the USA.
2 March 1949: his father Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII dies.
30 August 1962: his eldest brother Suketakaya Takasuke V dies.
April 1964: because of serious health problems, he decides to retire, taking the name of Sawamura Shozan III and giving his previous stage name to his son Sawamura Yoshijir˘ IV, who becomes Sawamura Tanosuke VI.
3 December 1968: he dies in T˘ky˘.
Sawamura Shozan III was a nimaime and a wagotoshi. His most notable performance was the role of Sonobe Saemon in the classic "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari". In some books, he is referenced as Sawamura Shozan I.
The Sawamura Yoshijir˘ line of actors
The Sawamura Tanosuke line of actors
The Sawamura Shozan line of actors
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