News Voice Actor Ayao Wada Passes Away
posted on 2010-09-08 09:09 EDT
Voice Actor Ayao Wada passed away on Monday, September 6 due to pneumonia. He was 81. Wada is best known for playing Higeoyaji (Pompous) in the first Astro Boy (Mighty Atom) television series. Higeoyaji (also known as Shunsaku Ban) is the familiar white-mustached character seen in many Osamu Tezuka works from Jungle Emperor Leo to Metropolis. Wada replaced Masaaki Yajima in that role for the 1963-1966 series.
Services will be held for family members only.