Satoshi Ohno (大野 智 Ōno Satoshi) (born November 26, 1980) is a Japanese idol, singer, actor, artist, and radio host. He is the lead vocalist and leader of Japanese boy band Arashi, hence his nickname Leader (リーダー Rīdā).
Ohno began his career in the entertainment industry when he joined the Japanese talent agency Johny & Associates in 1994 at the age of 13. He started an acting career in 1997 when he was cast to be part of the stage play Kyo to Kyo. In 2008, Ohno became the first and the only artist from Johnny's to hold and open his own art exhibit titled "Freestyle" and received his first starring role in a Japanese television drama, for which he earned a handful of Best Actor awards. For his work as an artist, a singer, and an actor in Kaibutsu-kun the MOVIE, Ohno became one of the recipients of GQ Japan's Men of the Year Award in 2011.
Ohno was born in Mitaka, Tokyo as the youngest child of his family. He has one older sister. During middle school, his mother sent in his application to Johnny & Associates without his knowledge. An invitation to audition was sent back to Ohno, and he subsequently became a trainee in October 1994. In order to focus on the stage play Kyo to Kyo, which ran from 1997 to 1998 during his trainee days, he withdrew from high school and moved to Kyoto.
Before his music debut with Arashi, Ohno wanted to resign from Johnny & Associates. However, then-president Johny Kitagawa asked him to help out with a song recording and to pack up for a trip to Hawaii, which turned out to be the place where the press conference announcing the formation of Arashi was held. With Ohno at the age of 18 at the time, Arashi was officially formed on September 15, 1999 and made their CD debut on November 3, 1999. Since much of his trainee days was spent in Kyoto, he was the least known member during Arashi's early days.
Ohno is the lead vocalist of Arashi. Although his music career is primarily with Arashi, he had solo concert called 3104 (which can be read as his name Satoshi in Japanese) in 2006 and became the first member in Arashi to release a solo single in 2009. He also choreographs some dances for Arashi's concerts, such as the dance for the song “Carnival Night Party 2”, as well as most of his solo performances.
Ohno also is the only member in the group that has released his own solo single for his previous drama soundtrack Uta no Onii-san title Kumorinochi, Kaisei by Yano Kenta starring Satoshi Ohno.
Ohno provided the vocals to the insert song "Yukai Tsukai Kaibutsu-kun" (ユカイツーカイ怪物くん), which was released on July 7, 2010 as a single, for the drama Kaibutsu-kun. On the Oricon daily singles chart, the single debuted at number-two behind Arashi's "To Be Free" and sold around 59,000 copies on the first day.
In 1997, Ohno was a cast member of Kyo to Kyo with Musical Academy (MA) leader Shingo Machida (町田 慎吾 Machida Shingo) and continued to act in other stage productions such as Koichi Domoto’s Mask and Shōnentai's Playzone after Kyo to Kyo was over. Since then, he has done a number of stage plays such as the Pū (プーシリーズWind) series, West Side Story with bandmates Sho Sakurai and Jun Matsumoto, and Amatsukaze (アマツカゼ).
In 2006, Ohno starred in Tensei Kunpū, another play that was part of the Pū series. He portrayed Kaoru Kazamine (風峰 薫 Kazamine Kaoru), a man who was accidentally sent back to the Edo period of Japan through a system malfunction.
In 1999, Ohno made his drama debut in the volleyball-centred short drama V no Arashi (Vの嵐), which was Arashi's first drama together.
Ohno was given his first starring role in the 2008 suspense drama Mao. He co-starred with Toma Ikuta and portrayed a two-faced lawyer who sought for revenge against the person who murdered his brother years ago. Soon after in 2009, he was given another starring role in his first comedy drama Uta no Oniisan (歌のおにいさん Brother of Songs). On September 4, 2009, it was announced that a select number of different artists from Johnny's would take turns participating in a television mini-drama project on Fuji Televison from October 23, 2009 to April 2010.
In January 2010, Ohno co-starred with the other members of Arashi in the human suspense drama special Saigo no Yakusoku (最後の約束 Last Promise). Ohno portrayed Satoru Mashiko (益子 悟 Mashiko Satoru), a 28-year-old employee of a cleaning company who is caught up in a building hijack. On February 11, 2010, it was announced that Ohno is set to star in the live-action adaptation of the manga and anime Kaibutsu-kun.
Ohno made a guest appearance on the last episode of bandmate Sakurai's drama Tokujo Kabachi!! (特上カバチ!! lit. Extraordinary Quibbling) playing a corrupted lawyer. He also reprised his role of Kaibutsu-kun for the Kaibutsu-kun special which aired on June 26, 2010. Ohno starred in the second story, Hajime no Ippo (はじめの一歩 First Step), of the Fall 2010 Yonimo Kimyōna Monogatari (世にも奇妙な物語) special that aired on October 4, 2010.
In October 2011, Ohno once again reprised his role of Kaibutsu-kun for another Kaibutsu-kun special, leading up to the story of the 3D movie version. On January 3, 2012, Ohno starred in Mou Yuukai Nante Shinai (もう誘拐なんてしない I Won't Kidnap Anymore). He played the role of Tarui Shotaro, a freeter who can't forget his childhood dream of being a hero. However, he finds himself planning a fake kidnapping after he receives a request from the daughter of a boss of racketeers, played by co-star Yui Aragaki.
In February 2012, it was announced that Ohno will co-star with Erika Toda in the drama, Kagi No Kakatta Heya ( 鍵のかかった部屋 Locked Room) starting in April.
In 2002, Ohno made his motion picture debut in Arashi's first movie together, Pikanchi Life Is Hard Dakedo Happy (ピカ☆ンチ Life is HardだけどHappy Pikanchi Life is Hard But Happy). Two years later in 2004, Ohno reprised his role for the sequel Pikanchi Life Is Hard Dakara Happy (ピカ☆☆ンチ Life is HardだからHappy Pikanchi Life is Hard Therefore Happy).
In 2007, the group came together once again to act in their third movie together, Kiiroi Namida (黄色い涙 Yellow Tears?), with Ohno acting as an oil painter.
In 2011, Ohno returned to the big screen starring as the lead actor in the film Kaibutsu-kun the MOVIE. His character, Kaibutsu Tarou, is about to be crowned king, but is met with unexpected booing. Trying to escape to the human world, Tarou and his three henchmen accidentally find themselves in a place known as the Curry Kingdom where he is mistaken as a legendary hero. The cast went overseas to India to shoot parts of the film. He became the first member in Arashi to star in a 3D film.
Ohno has his own radio show called Arashi Discovery, which is currently airing every weekday from Monday to Friday since October 1, 2002.
When Ohno was in the third grade, he was inspired by his classmate's Dragon Ball illustration to start drawing. Since then, he has been drawing his own artwork and making original figurines. In 2008, he held an art exhibition called Freestyle, making him the first artist in Johnny's to hold one.