Tamami Chiba : Who is Sonny Chiba’s second wife?

By | May 17, 2023

Who is Tamami Chiba?

Tamami Chiba was a celebrity wife, known for her marriage to actor and martial artist, Sonny Chiba. Tamami’s ex-husband, Sonny Chiba was the first Asian actor, who became a global sensation through martial arts. He first gained fame in his country, Japan, and then later internationally.


Tamami Chiba was born in San Jose, California in December 1963, according to her profile on Radaris.com. If this information is anything to go by, then she is 59 years old now. She is an American citizen and belongs to the white race. From physical observation, Tamami is likely to have Asian roots. Though she was once married to a famous movie star, she did her very best to stay away from media attention.

Information like her family background, educational background, and career, are all hidden from the internet. Her husband, Sonny, on the other hand, is known to have been born into a Japanese family of five children. His father was an army personnel and his mother was an athlete. Sonny attended Nippon Sports Science University. It was during his university days that he learned martial arts, which later projected him into global fame.

Tamami’s claim to fame was her marriage to Sonny Chiba. Before their marriage, she used to live a very private life far away from media attention.

Tamami was Sonny Chiba’s second wife

Sonny Chiba married and divorced twice in his lifetime. His first marriage was to Yoko Nogiwa, a fellow Japanese actress. Yoko is known for classic Japanese movies like Nichiren, The Battle of Port Arthur, and Minna no le. She is also known to have co-starred in the television series, Key Hunter with her ex-husband, Sonny.

Sonny and Yoko were married from 1973 to 1994. During their time of marriage, they had a daughter named Juri Manase. Their daughter, Juri has also grown to take the same career path as her parents, she is an actress. She was born on January 1, 1975, and is 48 years old now. Some of her credited movies include Shoot (1994), Sakura (2003), A Day In The Life (2006)

Tamami Chiba and Sonny Chiba met in 1995. They started dating and got married in 1996. Their wedding ceremony seems like a private one because there is literally no information on the occasion available on the Internet. They got divorced in 2015, after being together for close to fifteen years. The couple had two children together during their union. The children are Mackenyu Arata and Gordon Maeda.

Mackenyu Arata, Tamami’s first child with Sonny Chiba, was born on November 6, 1996, and he is 26 years old now. He was born in Los Angeles, California. He is an actor by profession and has made appearances in various film and television shows. including Team Astro (2005) and Oyaji (2007). He loves horse riding and karate. He has been practicing martial arts since age six.

Tamami Chiba’s second son, Gordon Maeda, is also an actor. He is known for Tokyo Revengers and Promise Cinderella. He was born in Los Angeles, California, just like his elder brother, Mackenyu. He was born on January 9, 2000, and he is 23 years old now.

Tamami’s ex-husband, Sonny Chiba died of Covid-19

In August 2021, online news portals reported the death of Tamami’s ex-husband, Sonny Chiba. It was reported that the martial arts legend had died of complications of Covid-19 disease. He died at age 82, at Kimitsu Chuo Hospital, Kizarazu, Chiba in Japan. At the time of his demise, he was not married, and hence he was succeeded by his children.

The Kill Bird movie star, Sonny, was born on January 22, 1939. His career as an actor began in 1960 and had his first major role in 1961 when he was featured in a movie titled ”Invasion of the Neptune Man”. Since his first breakthrough movie, he featured in many other roles, which gained him fame in his home country, Japan, and later in the rest of the world.

Other credited movies of Sonny include Vigilante in The Funky Hat (1961), For Love, The Sun, and The Gang  (1962), Lure of A Killer (1963), The Young Eagles of The Kamikaze (1968), etc.

How much is Tamami Chiba worth?

Tamami Chiba has not disclosed her net worth, however, her ex-husband, Sonny Chiba had an estimated net worth of $ 5 million, at the time of his demise.

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