Born in T˘ky˘ the 28th of September 1929. Grandson of Nakamura Karoku III and son of Nakamura Tokiz˘ III,
he was also the brother of Nakamura Tokiz˘ IV, Yorozuya Kinnosuke, Nakamura Kash˘ II and Nakamura Kazuo.
He performed as a Kabuki actor under the name of Nakamura Shid˘ I but quickly stopped acting to become a movie producer for the T˘ei Company.
His son took his stage name in June 1981. He left the T˘ei Company to create the Nakamura Shid˘ Office (Nakamura Shid˘ Jimusho in Japanese),
a company to support his son's business. He died the 11th of October 2008, victim of a stomach cancer.