Kazuo Kumakura

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Kazuo Kumakura
Native name 熊倉 一雄
Born (1927-01-30)January 30, 1927
Minato, Tokyo, Japan
Died October 12, 2015(2015-10-12) (aged 88)
Tokyo, Japan
Cause of death Rectal cancer
Occupation Actor, voice actor, theatre director
Years active 1949–2015
Organization Theatre Echo
Notable credit(s) Japanese voice of Alfred Hitchcock and Hercule Poirot

Kazuo Kumakura (熊倉 一雄 Kumakura Kazuo?, January 30, 1927 – October 12, 2015) was a Japanese actor, voice actor, and theatre director. He was the head of the Theatre Echo agency at the time of his death.[1]


Kazuo Kumakura was born in the Azabu district of Minato, Tokyo on January 30, 1927.[2] In 1956, he joined the Theatre Echo theatre group.[2] From 1957, he became the Japanese voice of Alfred Hitchcock in Nippon TV's TV broadcasts of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and from 1989, he played the voice of Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christie's Poirot.[2]

He died of rectal cancer on October 12, 2015, at a hospital in Tokyo, at the age of 88.[1]


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Kumakura received the 1998 Kinokuniya theater award for his performance in Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys.[1] In 2011, he won the selection committee's special award at the Yomiuri Theatrical Grand Awards.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d "Obituary / Kazuo Kumakura / Actor". The Japan News. Japan: The Yomiuri Shimbun. 2015-10-17. Retrieved 2015-10-20. 
  2. ^ a b c 「鬼太郎」主題歌・熊倉一雄さん死去 ["Kitaro" theme song voice Kazuo Kumakura dies]. Daily Sports Online (in Japanese). Japan: Daily Sports. 2015-10-16. Retrieved 2015-10-20. 

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