Unsho Ishizuka

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Unsho Ishizuka (石塚 運昇 Ishizuka Unshō) was a Japanese voice actor notable for voicing old Joseph Joestar in the TV anime adaptation of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.

He also voiced Devo the Cursed in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle.

He was well known for his roles in several animated series and games such as Professor Oak in Pokémon, Jet Black in Cowboy Bebop, Mr. Satan in Dragon Ball, Zabuza Momochi in Naruto, Van Hohenheim in Fullmetal Alchemist, Borsalino in One Piece, and Heihachi Mishima in Tekken.

Biography

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Unsho Ishizuka was born in 1951 in Katsuyama, Fukui. Ishizuka graduated from the Fukui Prefectural Katsuyama High School. It was during high school that his passion for acting arose.[2] Ishizuka worked in several talent agencies like Shakespeare Theater[3] and Dojinsha Production,[4] he left Accent and affiliated himself with Aoni Production.

He continued to work in his later years despite suffering from esophageal cancer, but died on August 13, 2018.

Ishizuka was known for his deep, strong voice and would often be cast in the role of older, mature characters. He notably dubbed for the character Horatio Caine in the overseas drama "CSI: Miami", and also dubbed actors such as Liam Neeson, Kevin Spacey, and Laurence Fishburne

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Roles

Title Media Year
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle Video Game 2013

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Trivia

  • Joseph's comedic nature was Ishizuka's favorite aspect of the character, however he struggled the most with matching Joseph's emotional intensity. Out of all his characters, he had the hardest time voicing Joseph's boisterous lines and felt that by doing so he had reached a new level as a voice actor.[5]
  • When asked which JoJo character he'd like to travel the world with, Unsho said Iggy as he loves dogs.[6]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Aoni Production - https://web.archive.org/web/20150225001443/http://www.aoni.co.jp/actor/a/ishizuka-unsho.html
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  3. https://web.archive.org/web/20150225001443/http://www.aoni.co.jp/actor/a/ishizuka-unsho.html
  4. 『声優名鑑 アニメーションから洋画まで…』近代映画社、1985年、19頁。
  5. "Walk like Crusaders" Event Special Pamphlet
  6. "The Last Crusaders" Event Special Pamphlet

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