Voice Actor Osamu Ichikawa Passes Away
posted on 2009-01-07 22:17 EST by Egan Loo
Veteran voice actor Osamu Ichikawa passed away due to a heart attack in his Tokyo home on January 2. He was 72. Ichikawa voiced dozens of animated and live-action projects for television and film from the 1960s into the 21st century. He voiced the title role in the 1965-1966 black-and-white anime television classic, Mirai Kara Shonen Super Jetter.
He continued acting in prominent roles during the 1970s in Space Battleship Yamato 2 - The Comet Empire (Mil), Brave Raideen (Prince Shurkin), Cho Denji Robo Combattler V (Great General Garuda), Choudenji Machine Voltes V (Prince Heinell), and several Kamen Rider series. He made a name for himself by taking on handsome villain roles. In the 1980s, he played slightly against his type by voicing the grim-faced alien antagonist Golg Boddole Zer in both the Macross television series and its Macross: Do You Remember Love? film remake. He was still active even in the past decade, when he reprised his Gundam and other robot anime roles for the Super Robot Wars game franchise, as well as marketing campaigns for reissues of classic anime.
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