Anime voice actor Goro Naya passed away on March 5, 2013 at the age of 83 due to chronic respiratory failure. He is survived by his wife, anime voice actress Kachiko Hino.
Naya was born in Hokkaido, and he dropped out of Ritsumeikan University to enter the Tōdō acting troupe. He made his debut as an actor in the 1950’s, and after joining Theatre Echo, he became a popular dubbing actor for overseas films.
His two best-known anime roles were Inspector Zenigata in Lupin III and Captain Jyuzo Okita in Space Battleship Yamato. He was also Yupa in Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and the Shocker leader in various Kamen Rider series.
Naya was also the Japanese dub voice for such actors as Rick Jason (Hanley in Combat!), Clark Gable, Charlton Heston, and John Wayne.