Actor Itoh Atsushi (26, photo right) got married on May 1, his management agency announced today. They described his new bride as a 27-year-old ippanjin company employee. The two met through a mutual friend about four years ago. In a statement to the media, Itoh said, “Together with my family I hope to build a bright future.” His younger brother Takahiro (photo left) died a year ago in an apparent suicide (see below).
Itoh has been acting since he was a child and has played a wide variety of roles in various TV dramas in the last few years. But he is perhaps best known for his breakthrough in “Densha Otoko.” He played an otaku who falls for a beautiful woman, who he calls Hermes, and relays his bumbling attempts at romance to an online audience. The show reflected the social phenomenon that has evolved around the 2Channel online community. Itoh is currently working on the Fuji TV medical drama series “Team Batista 2: General Rouge no Gaisen.” He also has a role in this summer’s expected blockbuster “Odoru Daisosasen The Movie 3.”
Itoh Takahiro in Apparent Suicide (Mar. 9, 2009)