Mackenyu

27, from Los Angeles, California, USA

Artwork for Pacific Rim: UprisingImage of Mackenyu

Biography

Mackenyu (新田 真剣佑, born November 16, 1996) is a Japanese actor born in Los Angeles, California. He is the son of actor and martial artist Sonny Chiba. He attended Beverly Hills High School in their Advanced Placement Program and appeared in a few films and TV shows while growing up. As a young child, Mackenyu had many interests including horseback riding, Yabusame, Kyokushin Karate (he was placed third at the US Kyokushin Karate Nationals), gymnastics, water polo, and wrestling (for which he became the school representative). He was also into music, playing piano since he was 10 years old, and later participated in the brass band of his high school in Beverly Hills, playing saxophone, and flute.

At the age of 15, Mackenyu watched a movie of Haruma Miura and got inspired to pursue acting professionally in Japan. He held on to the dream of co-starring with the actor once he established his career, which then came true in the movie adaptation of Gunjō Senki (2021). Mackenyu landed his first feature film lead role in Take a Chance (2015) and was featured in the acclaimed short movie Tadaima (2015) for which he won a best supporting actor award at the Asians of Films festival. He moved to Japan later in the same year.

His fame grew dramatically in Japan after landing the role of Eiji Tomari in Kamen Rider Drive: Surprise Future (2015). In 2016, he made his stage debut in the Japanese musical Boys Over Flower (Hana Yori Dango: The Musical), which prepared him for his future major roles in the stage-musicals ZEROTOPIA (2018) and Hoshi no Daichi ni Furu Namida (2020). He had a prominent role in the two part feature film Chihayafuru Part I & II (2016). Mackenyu started to expand his acting opportunities in Hollywood with a supporting role of Cadet Ryoichi in the film Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018). In 2019, he was cast as the final villain, Yukishiro Enishi, in the Rurouni Kenshin series. He portrayed Scar in the live-action sequel of Fullmetal Alchemist (2022). He gained global popularity when he landed the role of Roronoa Zoro in the live-action series adaptation of One Piece (2023). Drawing on his martial arts background, Mackenyu performs his own stunts and is highly skilled in sword fighting.

Timeline

2023Aged 27

  • Poster for Knights of the Zodiac

    Seiya / The Pegasus Knight

2022Aged 26

  • Poster for Fullmetal Alchemist: The Revenge of Scar

    Scar

  • Poster for Fullmetal Alchemist: The Final Alchemy

    Scar

2021Aged 25

  • Poster for The End of the Tiny World

    Makoto

  • Poster for Brave: Gunjyou Senki

    Aoi Nishino

  • Poster for Rurouni Kenshin: The Final

    Enishi Yukishiro

2020Aged 24

  • Poster for Kaiji: Final Game

    Minato Hirose

  • Poster for Our 30-Minute Sessions

    Aki Miyata

  • Poster for Remotely Killed

    Nomura Yusaku

  • Poster for Remotely Killed: Behind the Scenes of Murder

    Nomura Yusaku

  • Poster for Tonkatsu DJ Agetaro

    Yashiki's friend

2019Aged 23

  • Poster for 12 Suicidal Teens

    Shinjirou

  • Poster for Two Homelands

    Amoh Isamu

  • Poster for Tokyo Ghoul 'S'

    Souta

  • Poster for NiNoKuni

    Haru (voice)

2018Aged 22

  • Poster for IMPOSSIBILITY DEFENSE

    Asao Momose

  • Poster for Chihayafuru: Part III

    Arata Wataya

  • Poster for Pacific Rim: Uprising

    Ryoichi

  • Poster for Over Drive

    Naozumi Hiyama

  • Poster for Code Blue: The Movie

    Akio Kishida

2017Aged 21

  • Poster for Let's Go, Jets!

    Kosuke Yamashita

  • Poster for Peach Girl

    Kazuya Toujigamori

  • Poster for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable – Chapter 1

    Okuyasu Nijimura

2016Aged 20

  • Poster for Chihayafuru: Part I

    Arata Wataya

  • Poster for Chihayafuru: Part II

    Arata Wataya

  • Poster for Bitter Sweet

    Atsushi Babazono

  • Poster for Night's Tightrope

    Makino Hikaru

  • Poster for Mission Commander Ayaka Goma

    Tatsuya Suzuki

2015Aged 19

  • Poster for Tadaima

    George

  • Poster for The Noise

    Special Instructor's Son

  • Poster for Take a Chance

    Masa

  • Poster for Kamen Rider Drive: Surprise Future

    Tomari Eiji / Kamen Rider Drive

2014Aged 18

  • Poster for Tales of the Bizarre: 2014 Fall Special

    Shadow Boxer

2007Aged 11

  • Poster for Oyaji

    Numata (Childhood)