Hisaya Morishige

Hisaya Morishige (森繁久彌, Morishige Hisaya, May 4, 1913 – November 10, 2009) was a Japanese actor and comedian. Born in Hirakata, Osaka, he graduated from Kitano Middle School (now Kitano High School), and attended Waseda University. He began his career as a stage actor, then became an announcer for NHK, working in Manchukuo. He became famous in films first for comedy roles, appearing in series such as the "Company President" (Shacho) and "Station Front" (Ekimae) series, produced by Toho. He appeared in nearly 250 films, both contemporary and jidaigeki. He was also famous on stage playing Tevye in the Japanese version of Fiddler on the Roof.[1] He also appeared in television series and specials, and was the first guest on the television talk show Tetsuko's Room in 1975. He was long-time head of the Japan Actors Union. Among many honors, Morishige received the Order of Culture from the Emperor of Japan in 1991.

Hisaya Morishige
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BornMay 4, 1913
DiedNovember 10, 2009(2009-11-10) (aged 96)
Tokyo, Japan
Other namesJiji, Jijiya, Zachō, Za, Morishige, Shige-san
OccupationActor, composer, lyricist, announcer
Years active1936–2007
Spouse(s)Masuko Morishige (m. ?–1989)
ChildrenTatsuru Morishige (b. 1942) Izumi Morishige (1940–1999)

Hisaya Morishige died of natural causes at a hospital in Tokyo at 8:16 A.M. on November 10, 2009, at the age of 96.

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Director Notes
1947 Joyū Teinosuke Kinugasa
1955 Keisatsu Nikki Policeman Yoshii Seiji Hisamatsu Lead role
Meoto zenzai Ryukichi Koreyasu Shirō Toyoda Lead role
1956 Romantic Daughters Morishita Toshio Sugie
1956–70 Company President series The company president Shūe Matsubayashi and others Lead role
1957 Snow Country Imura Shirō Toyoda
1958 A Holiday in Tokyo Kajirō Yamamoto
The Tale of the White Serpent All men characters (voice) Taiji Yabushita
1958–69 Ekimae series Tokunosuke Morita and others Kozo Saeki and others Lead role
1961 The End of Summer Eiichirou Isomura Yasujirō Ozu
1971 Tora-san's Shattered Romance Senzō Yoji Yamada
1972 Zatoichi at Large Tōbei Kazuo Mori
1978 The Incident Tamizō Kiyokawa Yoshitarō Nomura
1980 The Battle of Port Arthur Itō Hirobumi Toshio Masuda
1981 Imperial Navy Naoki Hongō Shūe Matsubayashi
1983 Shōsetsu Yoshida Gakkō Shigeru Yoshida Shirō Moritani Lead role
1984 Sayonara Jupiter Earth Federation President Koji Hashimoto/Sakyo Komatsu
1990 Ruten no umi Kumago Matsuzaka Buichi Saitō Lead role
1994 47 Ronin Chisaka Takafusa Kon Ichikawa
1997 Princess Mononoke Okkoto-nushi (voice) Hayao Miyazaki
2001 Doraemon: Nobita and the Winged Braves Professor Torino (voice) Tsutomu Shibayama Special appearance
2004 Shinibana Rokusaburō Aoki Isshin Inudo Special appearance

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Network Notes
1975 Genroku Taiheiki Tokugawa Mitsukuni NHK Taiga drama
Ōoka Echizen Dr. Yuzan Mikumo TBS
1975–77 Edo o Kiru Tokugawa Nariaki TBS Special appearance
1981 Sekigahara Tokugawa Ieyasu TBS Lead role, miniseries
1986 Byakkotai Inoue Okazumi NTV Lead role

DubbingEdit

Year Title Role
1986 When the Wind Blows Jim
1997 Hercules Opening narrator

SongsEdit

WritingsEdit

  • Morishige, Hisaya (March 2003). Morishige Jiden [Autobiography of Morishige] (in Japanese). Chuo Koron Shinsha. ISBN 978-4122041844.

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Gerow, Aaron (November 11, 2009). "Morishige Hisaya". Tangemania. Retrieved November 11, 2009.

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