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Yuji Oda

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Yūji Oda (織田 裕二, Oda Yūji) is a Japanese actor and singer.
Yuji Oda was born on 13 December 1967 in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. He was born to an upper-middle-class family and attended the private academy of Touin Gakuen. Originally he had a promising career in sports, but had to give it up after a knee injury. He decided to enter drama school at the University of Pittsburgh, instead. He dropped out of Pitt later, but continued to pursue an acting career.
In the late 1980s he launched his career with the release of two singles on records, though they didn't sell well.
In 1989 he appeared in the television drama Mama Haha Boogie, from which point he started to gain popularity as an actor, which also brought attention to his singing aspirations.
In 1991 he appeared in the enormously popular TV drama Tokyo Love Story. His breakout role, he became a star as a result.
Oda became a leading man in Japanese film and television, generally playing the role of the "all around good guy" and most sympathetic character.
His most famous role is probably that of Aoshima, a police detective in the TV drama and movie series Odoru Daisousasen / Bayside Shakedown & Bayside Shakedown 2: Save

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