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Actor: Bandō Jūtarō I (初代坂東寿太郎)

Alternate names:
Ganshi (poetry name - 巌獅)
Kaseki (possibly one of his poetry names)
Tōshi (poetry name - 登子)

Lifetime: 1769 - 1840

Related links: Kabuki21; [Kabuki theater terms};

Biography:

Jutarō's birth father was the sumō wrestler Edozaki Kosaburō. He as adopted by Bandō Iwagorō (1732-95) in the early 1790s.

"Bandō Jutarō I was a talented and popular Ōsaka actor, who achieved fame for himself in Kamigata from the 1820s to the end of the 1830s. He was able to play a wide range of roles, either as a tachiyaku, onnagata or jitsuaku. He also excelled in wagoto. All his features were outstanding: appearance on stage, acting style, articulation, declamation, elocution,..."

This is quoted directly from Kabuki 21.

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This actor held this name from 11/1791 until his death in 1840. The first kanji character was written with 重, which means serious, was replaced with 寿, which means longevity. Both are pronounced . He did this in 11/1825.