Hisaya Morishige

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Hisaya Morishige
Born May 4, 1913
Hirakata, Osaka, Japan
Died November 10, 2009(2009-11-10) (aged 96)
Tokyo, Japan
Cause of death
Natural causes
Other names Jiji, Jijiya, Zachō, Za, Morishige, Shige-san
Occupation Actor, composer, lyricist, announcer
Years active 1936-2007
Spouse(s) Masuko Morishige (m. ?-1989)
Children Tatsuru Morishige (b. 1942) Izumi Morishige (1940-1999)

Hisaya Morishige (森繁久彌 Morishige Hisaya?) (May 4, 1913 – November 10, 2009) was a Japanese actor and comedian. Born in Hirakata, Osaka Prefecture, he graduated from Kitano Middle School (now Kitano High School), and attended Waseda University. He began his career as a stage actor, then became an announcer for NHK, working in Manchuria. He became famous in films first for comedy roles, appearing in series such as the "Company President" (Shacho) and "Station Front" (Ekimae) series, produced by Toho. He appeared in nearly 250 films, both contemporary and jidaigeki. He was also famous on stage playing Tevye in the Japanese version of Fiddler on the Roof.[1] He also appeared in television series and specials, and was the first guest on the television talk show Tetsuko's Room in 1975. He was long-time head of the Japan Actors Union. Among many honors, Morishige received the Order of Culture from the Emperor of Japan in 1991.

Hisaya Morishige died of natural causes at a hospital in Tokyo at 8:16 A.M. on November 10, 2009, at the age of 96.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
1947 Joyū Teinosuke Kinugasa
1955 Keisatsu Nikki Policeman Yoshii Seiji Hisamatsu
1955 Meoto zenzai Ryukichi Koreyasu Shirō Toyoda
1956 Romantic Daughters Morishita Toshio Sugie
1957 Snow Country Imura Shirō Toyoda
1958 The Tale of the White Serpent Taiji Yabushita Voice
1961 The End of Summer Eiichirou Isomura Yasujirō Ozu
1971 Tora-san's Shattered Romance Senzō Yoji Yamada
1972 Zatoichi at Large Tōbei Kazuo Mori
1980 203 kochi Itō Hirobumi Toshio Masuda
1983 Shōsetsu Yoshida gakkō Shigeru Yoshida Shirō Moritani
1984 Sayonara Jupiter Earth Federation President Koji Hashimoto/Sakyo Komatsu
1994 47 Ronin Chisaka Takafusa Kon Ichikawa
1997 Princess Mononoke Okkoto-nushi Hayao Miyazaki Voice
2001 Doraemon: Nobita and the Winged Braves Professor Torino Tsutomu Shibayama Voice
2004 Shinibana Rokusaburō Aoki Isshin Inudo

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
1975 Genroku Taiheiki Tokugawa Mitsukuni NHK Taiga drama
1975-77 Edo o Kiru Tokugawa Nariaki TBS
1975 Ōoka Echizen Dr. Yuzan Mikumo TBS

Dubbing[edit]

Year Title Role
1986 When the Wind Blows Jim
1997 Hercules Opening narrator

Writings[edit]

  • Morishige, Hisaya (March 2003). Morishige Jiden [Autobiography of Morishige] (in Japanese). Chuo Koron Shinsha. ISBN 978-4122041844. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gerow, Aaron (November 11, 2009). "Morishige Hisaya". Tangemania. Retrieved November 11, 2009. 

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