Tōru Ōhira (大平 透, Ōhira Tōru, September 29, 1929 – April 12, 2016) was a Japanese narrator and voice actor from the Tokyo Metropolitan Area. He was the founder of Ōhira Production and was also attached to 81 Produce.
|Born||September 29, 1929|
|Died||April 12, 2016(aged 86)|
One of his best-known roles was the dub voice of Darth Vader in Star Wars, on the series' home video releases and playing the title character Moguro Fukuzo in the original The Laughing Salesman. He was also known for his many narration roles, most notably in the Super Sentai series.
He was a very influential figure in the dubbing industry during the Sousei period.
After graduating from Tokyo Metropolitan University Jōnan Senior High School (in which he was also the supervisor of the school's volleyball team), he went on to graduate from the Meiji University Department of Political Science and Economics. In 1954, he joined the Nippon Broadcasting System, in which he became an announcer and producer. In 1955, with the opening of the Tokyo Broadcasting System, he enlisted in its theatrical company. He left the company in 1958 to become a voice artist.
His breakthrough performance was the dubbing voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars series. He reprised this role for Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and a crossover appearance in Soulcalibur IV- notable because the game was originally in Japanese, meaning that Ōhira was Vader's "original" voice in the game, unlike with the films. In addition, he was usually cast in either astringent villain roles or gag characters, such as Pete in Disney cartoons.
He was also a close friend of Kyosen Ōhashi, and the mentor of Shirō Yasutomi.
On April 12, 2016, Ōhira died from pneumonia at the age of 86.
- Oraa Guzura Dado (1967) (Guzura)
- The Genie Family (1969) (Hakushon Daimaō)
- Science Ninja Team Gatchaman (1972) (Doctor Kozaburo Nambu)
- Dash Kappei (1981) (Seiichiro)
- Mirai Keisatsu Urashiman (1983) (Gondo)
- Osomatsu-kun (1988) (Dekapan)
- The Laughing Salesman (1989) (Fukuzō Moguro)
- Steal Napoleon's Dictionary! (1991) (Hēkā)
- One Piece (2000) (Gaimon)
- A Little Snow Fairy Sugar (2001) (Luchino)
- Basilisk (2005) (Tokugawa Ieyasu)
- Save Me! Lollipop (2006) (Grandfather)
- Ojarumaru (2009) (Denbo Shijiyourou)
- Fresh PreCure! (2009) (Keitarou Momozono)
- The Littlest Warrior (1961) – Mok
- Lupin III: The Mystery of Mamo (1978) – Stuckey
- Be Forever Yamato (1980) – Führer Skulldard
- Cyborg 009: Legend of the Super Galaxy (1980) – Zoa
- Doraemon: Nobita and the Winged Braves (2001) – Cyclid
- Doraemon: Nobita in the Wan-Nyan Spacetime Odyssey (2004) – President
|2001||Sakura Taisen 3 ~Pari wa Moeteiru ka?~||Duke Calmar|||
|2001||Stupid Invaders||Gorgious Klatoo||Dreamcast, Microsoft Windows|||
|2002||Space Channel 5: Part 2||President Peace||Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, Steam, Microsoft Windows|||
|2002||Kingdom Hearts||Mayor of Halloween Town||PlayStation 2|||
|2005||Kingdom Hearts II||Pete, Mayor of Halloween Town|||
|2008||Soulcalibur IV||Darth Vader||PlayStation 3, Xbox 360|||
|2008||Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Cross Generation of Heroes||Hakushon Daimaō|||
|2009||Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded||Pete|||
|2010||Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep||Pete||PlayStation Portable|||
|2012||Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance||Pete, Julius||Nintendo 3DS|||
- Spectreman (Chief Kurata)
- Ninja Buttai Gekko (Narrator)
- Ambassador Magma (Goa) (body and voice)
- Spider-Man (Narrator)
- Super Sentai Series
- Himitsu Sentai Gorenger (Narrator)
- JAKQ Dengeki Tai (Narrator)
- Battle Fever J (Narrator)
- Denshi Sentai Denziman (Narrator)
- Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan (Narrator)
- Dai Sentai Goggle Five (Narrator)
- Kagaku Sentai Dynaman (Narrator)
- Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger (Narrator)
- Chōriki Sentai Ohranger (Emperor Bacchus Wrath (eps. 1 - 16, 18 - 23, 26 - 27, 29 - 31, 33 - 34, 39 - 40))
- Metal Hero Series
- Telly Savalas (TV Asahi)
- Adventures in Dinosaur City (Big)
- Adventures of Superman (Clark Kent, Superman)
- Cats & Dogs (Presiding Judge Dog)
- Django (1980 TV Tokyo edition) (Major Jackson (Eduardo Fajardo))
- Fantasia 2000 (Quincy Jones)
- The French Connection (Alain Charnier)
- French Connection II (Alain Charnier)
- Master of the Flying Guillotine (Fung Sheng Wu Chi)
- Mission: Impossible (1999 Fuji TV edition) (The Voice on Tape)
- The NeverEnding Story (1987 TV Asahi edition) (Rockbiter (Alan Oppenheimer))
- Patton (George S. Patton (George C. Scott))
- Project A (Governor-general)
- Some Like It Hot (Agent Mulligan (Pat O'Brien))
- Superman (Jor-El)
- Star Wars series (Darth Vader (James Earl Jones); home video versions), Boss Nass (Brian Blessed))
- The Flintstones (Fred Flintstone)
- Monsters, Inc. (2002) (Henry J. Waternoose)
- The Nightmare Before Christmas (Mayor)
- Secret Squirrel (Yellow Pinkie)
- Space Goofs (Gorgious Klatoo) (Danny Mann))
- CatDog (CatDog’s Dad)
- Rocko’s Modern Life (Mr. Fathead) (Charlie Adler))
- The Ren & Stimpy Show (Wilbur Cobb)
- The Simpsons (Homer Simpson (Dan Castellaneta))
- Productions for the Walt Disney Company (Black Pete)
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