Actor and voice actor Masanari Nihei passed away on August 21, 2021 due to aspiration pneumonia. He was 80 years old at the time of his passing.
Nihei was born on December 4, 1940 in Tokyo. His real name and old stage name was Masanori Nihei.
He played Mitsuhiro Ide in the 1966 live-action Ultraman series after actor Susumu Ishikawa, who was originally cast for the role, left the production. Prior to this role, he played three minor roles in the Ultra Q series.
Nihei played Hiroaki Tobe in The Ultraman anime in 1979. He has also had roles in Mighty Jack and Ultraman Max.