Yasuo Yamada

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Yasuo Yamada
Native name 山田 康雄
Born 10 September 1932
Tokyo, Japan
Died 19 March 1995(1995-03-19) (aged 62)
Tokyo, Japan
Cause of death Brain hemorrhage
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1953–1995

Yasuo Yamada (山田 康雄, Yamada Yasuo, 10 September 1932 – 19 March 1995) was a Japanese actor and voice actor born in Tokyo, Japan.[1]

Yamada left the faculty of literature of Waseda University, and had performed in many stage, radio, and television productions.

He appeared in performances of plays by Hisashi Inoue. His most famous role was Arsène Lupin III from the Lupin III series, starting in 1971 and ending in 1995. He also provided the Japanese dubbed voice for Clint Eastwood. On March 19, 1995 Yasuo Yamada died of a brain hemorrhage at the age of 62.[2] At the end of the credits of the film Farewell to Nostradamus (the first Lupin film without Yasuo), there is a tribute: "To Yasuo Yamada, Eternal Lupin the Third: Thank you!" (the message was removed from the first angle of the English language DVD release by Funimation).

Since Yasuo's death, Kanichi Kurita has taken over the role of Lupin the Third. As his last will, Yasuo requested Kurita to replace him, if he were to pass on.


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  1. ^ ""Yamakan" Yakusha no Zukkoken Rirekisho: Yamada Yasuo" "ヤマカン"役者のズッコケ履歴書 山田 康雄 [Actor "Yamakan": An Unusual Personal History: Yasuo Yamada]. Animage (in Japanese). Tokyo, Japan: Tokuma Shoten. 4: 115–117. October 1978. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Animerica". 3 (4). Viz media: 2. 

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