Unshō Ishizuka

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Unshō Ishizuka
Unsho-ishizuka.jpg
Native name
石塚 運昇
Born(1951-05-16)May 16, 1951[1]
DiedAugust 13, 2018(2018-08-13) (aged 67)
Japan
Occupation
  • Actor
  • voice actor
  • narrator
  • theatre director
Years active1984–2018
AgentAoni Production
Height168 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 fourth Japanese voice of Heihachi Mishima in the Tekken video game series, and the second Japanese voice for Mr. Satan in the Dragon Ball franchise, taking over both roles since the death of longtime actor Daisuke Gōri. He has voiced the roles of Kizaru in the One Piece series, Van Hohenheim in the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood series, Zabuza Momochi in the Naruto series, and Joseph Joestar in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders and in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable as well as Bunta Fujiwara in Initial D.

On August 17, 2018, it was reported that Ishizuka had 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]

Year Title Role Notes Source
1998 Dragon Force II Grandel [7]
2000 Breath of Fire IV Scias [7]
2002 Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht Captain Matthews [7]
2002 Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter Odjn [7]
2002 Panzer Dragoon Orta Sestren [7]
2003 Star Ocean: Till the End of Time Adray Lasbard [7]
2003 Kunoichi Kazaguruma [7]
2004 Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Böse Captain Matthews [7]
2005 Romancing SaGa Hawke [7]
2006 Xenosaga Episode III: Also sprach Zarathustra Captain Matthews [7]
2008 Persona 4 Ryotaro Dojima Also Golden in 2012 [7]
2009 Yakuza 3 Tetsuo Tamashiro [7]
2010 Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Captain Gantu [7]
2010 Zangeki no Reginleiv Gunther [7]
2011 Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Heihachi Mishima [8]
2012 Street Fighter X Tekken Heihachi Mishima [7][9]
2012 Dead or Alive 5 Brad Wong [10]
2012 Project X Zone Heihachi Mishima [7][11]
2015 Tekken 7 Heihachi Mishima [12]
2015 7th Dragon III: Code VFD Yoritomo [7]
2015 Project X Zone 2 Heihachi Mishima [13][7]
2015 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven Joseph Joestar (old) [7]
2017 Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Commander Gore credited as Unsyo Ishizuki [7]
2018 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Incineroar Posthmous release [7][14]
2018 God Eater 3 Abraham Gadolin [15]
2019 Dead or Alive 6 Brad Wong [7][16]
2019 The King of Fighters: All Star Heihachi Mishima [17]

CD dramas[edit]

Tokusatsu[edit]

Dubbing roles[edit]

Live-action[edit]

Animation[edit]

References[edit]

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