Anime Biography: Goro Naya

Goro Naya was born in Hokkaido on November 17, 1929. He dropped out of Ritsumeikan University in order to enter the Todo acting troupe, and made his debut as an actor in the 1950’s. After joining Theatre Echo, he became a dubbing actor for overseas films. This included being the Japanese dub voice for such actors as Rick Jason, Clark Gable, Charlton Heston, and John Wayne.

Naya was also a rather prolific anime voice actor. His two best-known roles are as Inspector Zenigata in Lupin III and Captain Jyuzo Okita in the Space Battleship Yamato franchise.

In the 1960’s, Naya’s credits include the original Astro Boy anime series, Big X, Dororo, Jungle Taitei Susume Leo, Kimba the White Lion, Marine Boy, Ninpu Kamui Gaiden, Princess Knight, Sasuke, Space Boy Soran, Under Sea Boy Marine, and Yusei Kamen.

During the 1970’s, Naya’s voice could be heard in Akakichi no Eleven, Alibaba to Yonjubiki no Tozuku, Animation Kiko Marco Polo no Boken, Animentari Ketsudan, Bakuhatsu Goro, Cho Denji Robo Combattler V, Daikengo, Galaxy Express 999, Gekisou Rubenkaiser, Genshi Shonen Ryuu, Hit and Run, Jetter Mars, Karate Baka Ichidai, The Mouse and His Child, Norakuro, Seigi wo Aisuru Mono Gekko Kamen, Shinzo Ningen Casshan, and Zendaman.

In the 1980’s, he could be heard in 11 Piki no Neko, 11 Piki no Neko to Ahoudori, 2001 Ya Monogatari, Aoi Blink, the 1980’s Astro Boy remake series, Botchan, City Hunter, Crusher Joe: The Movie, Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies, Future War Year 198X, Golgo 13: The Professional, Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Locke the Superman: Lord Leon, Murasaki Shikibu Genji Monogatari, The Mysterious Cities of Gold, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Night on the Galactic Railroad, Odin – Starlight Mutiny, Rokushin Gattai God Mars, Royal Space Force – The Wings of Honneamise, Shiroi Kiba White Fang Monogatari, Showa Ahozoshi Akanuke Ichiban!, Spirit Warrior, Vampire Princess Miyu, The Venus Wars, and The Wonderful Adventures of Nils.

During the 1990’s, Naya could be heard in The Big O, Casshan: Robot Hunter Casshern, Doomed Megalopolis, Dorami & Doraemons: Robot School’s Seven Mysteries, Ghost Sweeper Mikami Feature, Goddamn, Heavy, Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Overture to a New War, Master Keaton, Ninja Resurrection, Noiseman Sound Insect, Silent Mobius 2, and Street Fighter II V.

In the 2000’s, Naya provided voices for the 2003 Astro Boy remake series, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG, Knight Hunters Eternity, MazinKaiser, Monster, One Piece, and Tantei Gakuen Q.

Naya could also be heard in various Kamen Rider live-action series, and he also did some videogame voices.

Sadly, Naya passed away on March 5, 2013 at the age of 83 due to chronic respiratory failure. He is survived by his wife, voice actress Kachiko Hino.

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Anime In Memoriam: 2013

Remembering those in the anime field who passed away in 2013:

  • Nagisa Oshima, director of the 1967 experimental anime film Band of Ninja, passed away on January 15 at the age of 80 from pneunomia.
  • Sukekiyo Kameyama, Japanese voice actor, passed away on January 26 at the age of 58 due to pneumonia after suffering from malignant lymphoma.
  • Chieko Honda, Japanese voice actress, passed away on February 18 at the age of 49 due to multiple forms of cancer.
  • Kaoru Shimamura, Japanese voice actress, passed away on February 26 at the age of 43 due to breast cancer.
  • Shigeru Katsumi, the singer for the 8 Man anime opening theme, passed away on February 27 at the age of 75 due to a cerebral hemorrhage.
  • Goro Naya, Japanese voice actor, passed away on March 5 at the age of 83 due to chronic respiratory failure.
  • Kenji Utsumi, Japanese voice actor, passed away on June 13 at the age of 75 due to cancerous peritonitis.
  • Ryutaro Nakamura, director, passed away on June 29 at the age of 58 due to pancreatic cancer.
  • Hiroshi Ogawa, animation director, passed away on August 7 at the age of 62 due to stomach cancer.
  • Jerry Russell, American voice actor, passed away on September 5 at the age of 77.
  • Yakkun Sakurazuka, Japanese voice actor, passed away on October 5 at the age of 37 in a car accident.
  • Tomoyuki Dan, Japanese voice actor, passed away on October 10 at the age of 50 due to recurring aortic dissection.
  • Ryoko Kinomiya, Japanese voice actress, passed away on November 25 at the age of 82 due to multiple organ failure.
  • Eiichi Ohtaki, composer, passed away on December 30 at the age of 65 due to an aortic dissection.
  • James Avery, American voice actor, passed away on December 31 at the age of 65 due to complications from open heart surgery.

Additional In Memoriam post:

Anime Voice Actor Goro Naya Passes Away

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 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.

Source: ANN