Today is the 70th birthday of Sadao Maeda, a.k.a. Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba
, star of 1974's "The Street Fighter"
. With more than 100 films to his credit, Chiba was the R-rated Bruce Lee
, and an inspiration for filmmaker Quentin Tarantino (who cast Chiba in "Kill Bill"
im a huge fan and have been for a long time, hes easily my favorite "kung fu" movie star.