Actor Shunji Fujimura Passes Away at 82
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Actor Shunji Fujimura passed away on January 25 due to heart failure. He was 82. A flower offering will be held for him at the Chōsenji Temple in Shibuya at February 14.
Fujimura was born in Kamakura, Kanagawa prefecture in 1934. After leaving Waseda University, he studied dance at the TOHO School of Performing Arts. He then studied pantomime in France, before debuting as an actor in the 1960s. He also worked as a choreographer. He choreographed Renown's famous "YeYe" commercial in 1967. He became choreographer on the popular TBS program 8-ji da yo! Zen'in Shūgō! in 1971.
He has since acted in numerous live-action television dramas, films, and appeared on variety shows. He played the character Watari in the live-action Death Note, Death Note: The Last Name, and L change the WorLd films. He first voiced an anime character in the 1977 The Mouse and His Child film. He voiced the character Tanaka in the Black Butler, Black Butler II, Black Butler: Book of Circus, and Black Butler: Book of Murder anime. He also voiced Parakeke in the Yona Yona Penguin anime film.
Source: The Mainichi Shimbun
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