Osman Yusuf

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Osman Yusuf
Osman Yusuf as a crewmember of the Explorer in King Kong Escapes (1967)
Born May 23, 1920
Ottoman Empire
Died August 29, 1982 (aged 62)
Occupation Actor
First work Raigekitai Shutsudō (1944)
Notable work Mothra (1961)

Osman Yusuf (オスマン・ユセフ,   Osuman Yusefu), also credited under a variety of other names,[note 1] was a Turkish actor who appeared frequently in Japanese films and television.

Characterized by his large stature and tendency to wear sunglasses in many of his roles, Yusuf was born in the Ottoman Empire in 1920 and moved to Japan prior to World War II, earning permanent residence. As a foreigner fluent in Japanese, Yusuf became a valuable supporting actor in Japanese productions. Yusuf also worked as an interpreter for Toho along with fellow actor Henry Okawa. Yusuf's younger brother, Omar "Turk" Yusuf, was also a professional wrestler and actor in Japan. Osman Yusuf died on August 29, 1982, at the age of 62.

Selected filmography


    • Yusuf Osman (ユセフ・オスマン)
    • Yusuf Ottoman (ユセフ・オットマン)
    • Osmand Yusuf (オズマンド・ユセフ)
    • Johnny Yusuf (ジョニィユセフ)
    • Joseph Ottoman (ジョーゼフ・オットマン)


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