TOKYO (TR) – Veteran adult video (AV) actor Taka Kato announced on Wednesday that he will retire from the industry at the end of this year, reports Sports Hochi (August 15).
With more than 10,000 AV releases (and 8,000 actresses) to his credit, the 54-year-old actor said that he was entering the next phase of his life.
“I finished being a bad boy as a kid; I finished being a porn star; and now I am heading to life’s third stage,” he said.
In 1987, Kato moved from his home in Akita Prefecture to Tokyo, where he began working as a cameraman’s assistant. At the urging of a colleague, he became a porn actor.
Over his 26-year career, Kato became known for his “Goldfinger,” which he utilizes to induce shiofuki, or female ejaculation. In many photos, the actor is seen raising the middle and fore fingers of his right hand.
Kato’s fondest memories in the biz are the AV actresses. “I would only come across about two each year who were unlikable,” he said. “That’s 7,948 winners.”
Six years ago, rumors began circulating that Kato was suffering from erectile dysfunction. The actor denied the claims.
As to the timing of his resignation, Kato said he wanted to go out on top. “I didn’t want to fizzle out,” he said. “Chocoball Mukai retired quietly three years ago. I didn’t want to do that.”
Kato told Tokyo Sports (Aug. 15) that he will finally “put on his pants” on December 31.
In recent years, Kato has been involved in volunteer work that promotes AIDS awareness. He also appears regularly as a columnist in weekly magazines.
With the actor’s career winding to a close, he remains dedicated. “Even at the age of 54, I want to show that I’ve still got what it takes,” Kato said, “and I’ll be working as hard as ever over the next four months.”