Hiro Kanagawa

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Hiro Kanagawa
Native name
金川 弘敦
Hironobu Kanagawa

(1963-10-13) October 13, 1963 (age 55)
ResidenceVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Alma mater
  • Actor
  • Voice actor
Years active1980's-present
Known forSmallville
Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat

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

Early life and education[edit]

Kanagawa was born in Sapporo, Hokkaido, 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.[1]


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. Kanagawa has the distinction of having played three different characters in the TV series The X-Files, appearing independently in seasons 2, 4 and 10. Besides acting, Kanagawa is also a playwright[2] and screenwriter and teaches creative writing in the English department at Capilano University.

In 2017, he won the Governor General's Award for English-language drama for his play Indian Arm.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
1993 Born Too Soon Resident
1994 My Name is Kate Doctor
1994 Voices from Within Medical Examiner
1995 A Child Is Missing Agent Kurosaka
1997 Excess Baggage Jon
1998 Futuresport Otomo Arika
1999 Resurrection Tech #2 TV Movie
2000 The Linda McCartney Story Senior Narcotics Officer TV Film
2000 Protection Don
2000 Best in Show Pet Shop Owner
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
2018 Fifty Shades Freed Detective Clark


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Highlander: The Series Herbalist Deleted Scene
1994 Madison Teacher
1994 Highlander: The Series Akira Yoshida
1994 M.A.N.T.I.S. Yakuza Translator
1994–2016 The X-Files Dr. Yonechi / Peter Tanaka / Garner
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
2005 Stargate_SG-1 Mr Wayne
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
2012 Continuum Dr. Ted Gibson Season 1 Episode 3
2012-14 Blackstone Harold
2013 The Tomorrow People Corbin
2013 Bates Motel Dr. Kurata
2014 The 100 Council Member #3 3 episodes, season 1
2015 iZombie Lieutenant Suzuki Recurring role, season 1
2015 The Returned Dr. Hiromoto
2015 The Magicians Professor March
2015-16 The Man in the High Castle Taishi Okamura
2015 The Whispers Team Member 1 Brent
2015–17 Dark Matter Emperor Ishida Tetsuda
2015–16 Heroes Reborn Hachiro Otomo/Red Samurai
2016 Timeless Agent Kondo Episode: "Pilot"
2016 Zoo Curtis Episode: "The Moon and the Star"
2016 Kim's Convenience Pastor Choi Episodes: "Janet's Photos" and "Service"
2017-18 Legends of Tomorrow Director Wilbur Bennett 4 episodes, season 3
2018 Altered Carbon Captain Tanaka
2018 Salvation Chief Justice Martin Cheng
2019 The Order Detective Hayashi Episode: "Hell Week, Part One"

Voice acting[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 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
2006–07 Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes Mr. Fantastic
2007 Black Lagoon Col. Matsuto


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


  1. ^ a b "God's Baboons » Cast » Hiro Kanagawa". Godsbaboons.com. Retrieved 2014-06-22.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ ChinLin Pan (15 April 2015). "TV Recap: iZombie, 1.5, "Flight of the Living Dead"". The Horn. Archived from the original on 21 April 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Hiro Kanagawa | Playwrights Guild of Canada". Playwrightsguild.ca. Retrieved 2014-06-22.
  5. ^ "Governor General Literary Awards announced: Joel Thomas Hynes wins top English fiction prize". CBC News, November 1, 2017.

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