Yoshio Harada (原田 芳雄 Harada Yoshio, 29 February 1940 – 19 July 2011) was a Japanese actor best known for playing rebels in a career that spanned six decades.
Born in Tokyo, Harada joined the Haiyūza theater troupe in 1966 and made his television debut in 1967 with “Tenka no seinen” and his film debut in 1968 with Fukushū no uta ga kikoeru. He came to fame appearing in New Action films at Nikkatsu playing youthful rebels. Leaving the Haiyūza in 1971, he appeared in films made by many directors, including Seijun Suzuki, Shūji Terayama, Azuma Morisaki, Kihachi Okamoto, Rokurō Mochizuki, Jun Ichikawa, Hirokazu Koreeda and Koji Wakamatsu, but he was particularly favored by Kazuo Kuroki and Junji Sakamoto. He starred in many independent films, including those of the Art Theatre Guild. According to the critic Mark Schilling, Harada was “a favorite of generations of Japanese helmers for his rugged features, low, rumbling voice and distinctive presence, with shades of darkness and wildness that made him a natural for antihero roles in his youth.” Harada also appeared in many television dramas._x000D_
He died of pneumonia on 19 July 2011 while battling cancer. His last starring film was Ōshika-mura sōdōki, and it was at a press conference for that film on July 11 that he made his last public appearance.
A veteran of over 80 films, Harada won the best actor award at the 1990 Blue Ribbon Awards for Ronin-gai and Ware ni utsu yōi ari. He had earlier won the Blue Ribbon best supporting actor prize in 1975 for Matsuri no junbi. He also won the best actor prize at the Mainichi Film Awards in 1997 for Onibi, and the Hochi Film Award for best supporting actor in 1989 for Dotsuitarunen. He was twice nominated for the Best Actor Japanese Academy Award and won the award for best supporting actor at the 11th Yokohama Film Festival for Dotsuitarunen and Kiss yori kantan._x000D_
He received a Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon from the Japanese government in 2003.
He died of pneumonia on July 19, 2011 from battling cancer.