Issey Takahashi was born in Akasaka, Minato Ward, Tokyo on December 9, 1980. He had four half-siblings because his mother had remarried several times. He looked after his half-brothers when they were infants. During his youth, Takahashi was withdrawn and his grandmother would push him to take lessons in order for him to come out of his shell, but he never managed to commit to any of them. It is only when he saw his grandmother cry of joy during a recital of a children's theater company that he took a genuine interest in acting.
Takahashi's first role was in the movie Hoshiwotsugumono in 1990. He would continue as an actor and voice actor in various movies and TV series. Takahashi also graduated from Horikoshi High School in 1999. In 2004, Takahashi had his first lead role as Kiyoshi Imawano in the TV series The Great Horror Family. In 2015, he won the Supporting Actor Award at the 1st Confidence Award Drama Award and the 86th The Television Drama Academy Awards for his role as Mohei Keibara in Tami-ō. Takahashi would appear in various lead roles in TV series such as Quartet, Miracles, Tokyo Bachelors or Wife of a Spy, earning awards such as the 42nd Elan d'or Awards as "Newcomer of the Year", or the 31st Nikkan Sports Film Awards for Best Supporting Actor.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Roles
- Takahashi was a fan of Rohan since he was in high school.
- Aside from Rohan, Takahashi's favorite character is Josuke Higashikata.
- Takahashi refers Rohan to as "Rohan-chan", similarly to Reimi Sugimoto in Diamond is Unbreakable.