Unshō Ishizuka

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Unshō Ishizuka
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Native name 石塚 運昇
Born (1951-05-16)May 16, 1951[1]
Katsuyama, Fukui, Japan
Died August 13, 2018(2018-08-13) (aged 67)
Japan
Occupation
  • Actor
  • voice actor
  • narrator
  • theatre director
Years active 1984–2018
Agent Aoni Production
Height 168 cm (5 ft 6 in)[1]

Unshō Ishizuka (石塚 運昇, Ishizuka Unshō, May 16, 1951 – August 13, 2018) was a Japanese actor, voice actor, narrator and theatre director from Katsuyama, Fukui.[1] He was affiliated with Aoni Production at the time of his death and was known for providing the voice of both the narrator and Professor Oak on the Japanese anime series Pokémon.

In addition to that, he regularly appeared in both the Japanese and English-language versions of the Pokémon anime, voicing Onix, Steelix and numerous other Pokémon.

Ishizuka was known for his deep, strong voice and is often cast in the role of older mature male characters, such as Jet Black from Cowboy Bebop, Eugene Gallardo from Tales of Rebirth and Captain Matthews in the Xenosaga trilogy. He was also the Japanese dub voice of Captain Gantu in every version of Lilo & Stitch to date. He was also the current Japanese voice of both Heihachi Mishima in the Tekken video game series, Zabuza Momochi in the Naruto series, and Mr. Satan in the Dragon Ball franchise, taking over both roles since the death of longtime actor Daisuke Gōri. Recently, he had taken on the role of the senior Joseph Joestar in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders and in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable.

Death[edit]

On August 17, 2018, it was reported that Ishizuka had previously died on August 13 due to esophageal cancer.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Television animation[edit]

1984
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Theatrical animation[edit]

Original video animation (OVA)[edit]

Web animation[edit]

Video games[edit]

CD dramas[edit]

Tokusatsu[edit]

Dubbing roles[edit]

Live-action[edit]

Animation[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "石塚 運昇|日本タレント名鑑" (in Japanese). Nihon Tarento Meikan. Retrieved 17 August 2018. 
  2. ^ "Voice Actor Unshō Ishizuka Passes Away at 67". Anime News Network. Retrieved 17 August 2018. 
  3. ^ "Hellsing Ultimate III". Hellsing Ultimate. Episode 3. October 4, 2014. Adult Swim. 

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