Voice Actor Shinji Ogawa Passes Away
posted on 2015-03-12 02:20 EDT by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Voice acting agency Herringbone reported on Thursday that actor Shinji Ogawa (birth name Haruhiko Ogawa) passed away on Saturday due to bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia. He was 74. His family held a private funeral on Wednesday.
His many roles in anime included Chief Fukushima in Patlabor: The Movie, Dr. Lychee in Dragon Ball Z: Plan to Destroy the Saiyajin, Genya in Giant Robo, Kagemitsu Hazama in Black Jack 21, Maestro Franz von Stresemann in Nodame Cantabile, General Douglas McArthur in Junod, Dr. Faker in Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal, among many others. His most recent anime roles include Kōji Okamura in Makoto Shinkai's Dareka no Manazashi short, Ryuu Kazama in Ping Pong, and Rayregalia Vers Rayvers in the currently-airing Aldnoah.Zero. He was replaced in the role of Gilbert F. Altstein in the upcoming Blood Blockade Battlefront anime by Banjou Ginga due to the his poor health.
He was also well-known for being a regular voice-over artist of Michael Douglas, Robert de Niro, and Timothy Dalton in the Japanese dubs of their movies. He also performed in television dramas and live-action film, and will appear in the movie Yuzuriha no Koro, which opens in Japan on May 23.
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