Hirotaka Suzuoki (鈴置 洋孝, Suzuoki Hirotaka, March 6, 1950 – August 6, 2006) was a Japanese actor, voice actor and narrator from Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture who graduated from Tokyo Keizai University.

Hirotaka Suzuoki
鈴置 洋孝
Hirotaka Suzuoki.jpg
Born(1950-03-06)March 6, 1950
Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
DiedAugust 6, 2006(2006-08-06) (aged 56)
  • Actor
  • voice actor
  • narrator
Years active1973-2006
AgentKen Production
Height166 cm (5 ft 5 in)

His best known roles include Mobile Suit Gundam (Bright Noa), Captain Tsubasa (Kojirou Hyuga), Saint Seiya (Dragon Shiryū), Dragon Ball (Tenshinhan), The Transformers (Starscream), Ranma ½ (Tatewaki Kuno), Rurouni Kenshin (Saitō Hajime), Pokémon (Giovanni), and Invincible Steel Man Daitarn 3 (Banjō Haran). He was also the official Japanese dub-voice for Tom Cruise.

In 2006, Suzuoki died at the age of 56 as a result of lung cancer.[1]


Suzuoki's most notable trait is his soft, dignified voice. He was affiliated with Ken Production, in which he worked in many animation roles.

In 1978, Suzuoki made his voice acting debut in Invincible Steel Man Daitarn 3.

Suzuoki was the best friend of fellow voice actor Toru Furuya, who co-starred with him in several different series. Suzuoki felt that Furuya's Dragon Ball Yamcha character was closer to his own personality, rather than Tenshinhan whom Suzuoki played.[2] Suzuoki was a heavy smoker and drinker.

In July 2006, Suzuoki was diagnosed with lung cancer and undertook hospitalization and medical treatment, but on the morning of August 6, 2006, his health declined, and Suzuoki died at the age of 56. His ongoing roles were replaced with other voice actors.

His last voicing role was the voice of Bright Noa in Mobile Suit Z Gundam III: Love is the Pulse of the Stars, which was seen by fans as the best sendoff in Suzuoki's name.

Voice rolesEdit

Television animationEdit


Original video animationsEdit

Theatrical animationEdit


Video gamesEdit

Note: Another Century's Episode 3, which was produced after the death of Hirotaka Suzuoki, re-used the voice tracks that has been recorded for A.C.E.1 (which also become the first title with Bright's voice after Hirotaka Suzuoki's death), making it the first game involving Bright Noa to re-use a prior recording. With characters whose voice actors are deceased, Banpresto traditionally reuses prior recordings in this way rather than record new lines with a different actor - it is expected that future productions involving Haran Banjou will continue to use Suzuoki's voice. The official replacement of Suzuoki as Bright's voice actor, due to the recording of Gundam Unicorn, with Ken Narita, is likely to result in future appearances of Bright Noa, across all series, being voiced by Narita.

Drama CDsEdit

  • Analyst no Yuutsu series 2: Koi no Risk wa Hansenai (Isao Washizaki)
  • Analyst no Yuutsu series 3: Yuuwaku no Target Price (Isao Washizaki)
  • Analyst no Yuutsu series 4 (crossover with 3 Ji Kara Koi wo Suru series): Ai to Yokubou no Kinyuugai (Isao Washizaki)
  • Analyst no Yuutsu series 5: Ai no Rating AAA (Isao Washizaki)
  • Chougonka ~Song of Eternal Hatred~ (Koujirou Samon)
  • Danna-sama, Ote wo Douzo (Takeshi Mochizuki)
  • Eden wo Tooku ni Hanarete series 3: Setsunai Yoru no Rakuen (Shinobu Takahashi)
  • Miscast series 8 & 11 (Takamizawa)
  • Okane ga nai series 4: Okane ja Kaenai (Kiyotaka Konomi)
  • Open Sesame (Hisama Kanoe)
  • Pearl series 1: Ijiwaru na Pearl (Masami Houjou)
  • Pearl series 2: Yokubari na Pearl (Masami Houjou)
  • Pearl series 3: Wagamama na Pearl (Masami Houjou)
  • Pearl series 4: Kimagure na Pearl (Masami Houjou)
  • Tsunehiko Shiragane 1 & 2 (Seiichi Kurosaki)

Dubbing rolesEdit




  1. ^ "Gundam Voice Actor Dies". Anime News Network. August 11, 2006. Retrieved 2008-11-25.
  2. ^ "TV Anime Guide: Dragon Ball Tenka'ichi Densetsu". Kanzenshuu. March 30, 2004. Retrieved 2014-04-14.
  3. ^ "デイズ・オブ・サンダー". Star Channel. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  4. ^ "ア・フュー・グッドメン". Star Channel. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  5. ^ "ザ・ファーム/法律事務所". Star Channel. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  6. ^ "インタビュー・ウィズ・ヴァンパイア". Star Channel. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
  7. ^ "M:I-2". Star Channel. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  8. ^ "パルプ・フィクション". Star Channel. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  9. ^ "オータム・イン・ニューヨーク[吹]". Star Channel. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  10. ^ "ブルー・スチール<HDニューマスター版>". Zeque Productions. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  11. ^ "カジュアリティーズ". Star Channel. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  12. ^ "ドラゴンハート[吹]". Star Channel. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  13. ^ "ゴーストバスターズ2". Wowow. Retrieved February 18, 2020.
  14. ^ "キンダガートン・コップ". Star Channel. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  15. ^ "ウェインズ・ワールド". Star Channel. Retrieved January 9, 2019.

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