Hiro Kanagawa

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Hiro Kanagawa
Born Hironobu Kanagawa
(1963-10-13) October 13, 1963 (age 52)
Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Alma mater Middlebury College
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
Tyler School of Art at Temple University
Simon Fraser University
Occupation Voice actor and actor

Hiro Kanagawa, born Hironobu Kanagawa (金川 弘敦 Kanagawa Hironobu?, October 13, 1963), is a Japanese playwright[1] and actor based in Vancouver, Canada.[2] Kanagawa has written plays, including Tiger of Malaya and The Patron Saint of Stanley Park.[1] He currently plays Hachiro Otomo on NBC's Heroes Reborn.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Kanagawa was born in Sapporo, Hokkaidō, Japan and grew up in Guelph, Ontario; Sterling Heights, Michigan; and Tokyo. After graduating from International Christian University High School, he left Japan for Middlebury College, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, and Simon Fraser University.[4] He has lived in Vancouver since 1990.[2]


Kanagawa is perhaps best known as Principal Kwan from the TV series Smallville. His most notable anime role is Gihren Zabi from Mobile Suit Gundam. He was also the voice of Mister Fantastic on Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes. Besides acting, Kanagawa is also a playwright and screenwriter.



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Excess Baggage Jon
1998 Futuresport Otomo Arika
1999 Resurrection Tech #2 TV Movie
2000 The Linda McCartney Story Senior Narcotics Officer TV Film
2003 Betrayed Dr. Tanaka TV Film
2005 Hiro Hiro
2005 Best Friends Detective Miyashiro
2006 Family in Hiding Kanagawa
2008 The Day the Earth Stood Still Dr. Ikegawa
2009 Hardwired Dr. Steckler
2009 Girlfriend Experience John
2010 The King of Fighters Saisyu Kusanagi
2011 Doomsday Prophecy Dr. Yates
2011 Earth's Final Hours Tech
2013 Grave Halloween Jin
2014 Godzilla Technician
2015 The Age of Adaline Kenneth


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Highlander: The Series Akira Yoshida
1994 My Name is Kate Doctor
1994–97 The X-Files Dr. Yonechi / Peter Tanaka
1998–2000 The Outer Limits Ron Hikida / Tali
1996 Sliders Henry
1998 The Inpectors Polygraph Tech
2000 Seven Days Mr. Kim / Dr. Oshima
2000 Dark Angel Theo
2002 Smallville Principal Kwan
2002 Damaged Care Dr. Kitano
2002 Living with the Dead Frank the Business Consultant
2005 The 4400 Agent Park
2005 Criminal Minds Seattle ASAC
2005 Steklo Akira
2005 Andromeda Burma
2006 Blade: The Series Taka
2007 Intelligence Detective Ogawa
2008 Heroes and Villains Mitsunari Ishida
2008 What Color Is Love? Henry Wong
2008 The Story of Saiunkoku Kaku
2009 Supernatural Game Show Host
2009 Reaper Morris
2009 Sanctuary Ark-Fong Li
2010 Caprica Cyrus Xander
2010 Human Target Lt. Peale
2010 Fringe Lawyer
2011–12 The Secret Circle Calvin Wilson
2013 The Tomorrow People Corbin
2015 iZombie Lieutenant Suzuki
2015 The Returned Dr. Hiromoto
2015– The Whispers Team Member 1 Brent
2015– Dark Matter Emperor Ishida Tetsuda
2015– Heroes Reborn Hachiro Otomo/Red Samurai

Voice acting[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1979 Mobile Suit Gundam Gihren Zabi
2001 Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat The Foolish Magistrate
2001 Mobile Suit Gundam: Federation vs. Zeon Gihren Zabi
2003 Master Keaton Fumio Hisayama
2004 InuYasha Saint Hakushin
2006 Black Lagoon Lt. Col. Masuda
2006–07 Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes Mr. Fantastic


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Mobile Suit Gundam: Zeonic Front Gihren Zabi


  1. ^ a b Birnie, Peter (November 25, 2010). "Stanley Park storm inspires Christmas play". The Vancouver Sun (Postmedia). p. C.7. Archived from the original on June 24, 2014. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "God's Baboons » Cast » Hiro Kanagawa". Godsbaboons.com. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
  3. ^ ChinLin Pan (15 April 2015). "TV Recap: iZombie, 1.5, "Flight of the Living Dead"". The Horn. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Hiro Kanagawa | Playwrights Guild of Canada". Playwrightsguild.ca. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 

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