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Actor: Jitsukawa Enjaku II (二代目実川延若)

Alternate names:
Shōgan (poetry name)
Jitsukawa Enjirō I (初代実川延若)

Lifetime: December 11 1877 - February 22 1951

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Biography:

Jitsukawa Enjaku II was one of two best tachiyaku actors in Kamigata during the first half of the twentieth century, often sharing the top of the bill with the other one, Nakamura Ganjirō I. From 1935 to 1950, he was the undisputed leader of Kabuki in Kamigata. His fame was not limited to Ōsaka or Kyōto and he did many successful stays in Tōkyō. His field of excellence was wagoto, as the worthy heir of his father Jitsukawa Enjaku I. He was also outstanding in jitsugotoshi or budōgoto roles in maruhonmono dramas. His extravagant offstage life as a womanizer was very well-known.

Jitsukawa Enjaku II's best roles: Ishikawa Goemon ("Sanmon Gosan no Kiri"), Sanigoroshichi ("Kari no Tayori"), Danshichi Kurobei ("Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"), Kanō Shirojirō ("Chichi Morai"), Rokusuke ("Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi"), Heisaku ("Numazu"), Shundô Jirôemon ("Daianji Zutsumi"), Nikki Danjō ("Meiboku Sendai Hagi") and Yokozô ("Honchō Nijūshikō").

The above information was taken directly from Kabuki21.

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This actor held this name from October 1915 to February 1951. His father was Jitsukawa Jitsukawa Enjaku III, Jitsukawa Ennosuke III I (1831-1885). His sons were Jitsukawa Enjaku III (1921-91), Jitsukawa Ennosuke III