Hisaya Morishige

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Hisaya Morishige
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BornMay 4, 1913
DiedNovember 10, 2009(2009-11-10) (aged 96)
Tokyo, Japan
Other namesJiji, Jijiya, Zachō, Za, Morishige, Shige-san
Occupation Actor, composer, lyricist, announcer
Years active19362007
Spouse(s) Masuko Morishige (m. ?1989)
Children Tatsuru Morishige (b. 1942) Izumi Morishige (19401999)

Hisaya Morishige (森繁 久彌, Morishige Hisaya, May 4, 1913 – November 10, 2009) was a Japanese actor and comedian. Born in Hirakata, Osaka, he graduated from Kitano Middle School (now Kitano High School), and attended Waseda University. He began his career as a stage actor, then became an announcer for NHK, working in Manchukuo. He became famous in films first for comedy roles, appearing in series such as the "Company President" (Shacho) and "Station Front" (Ekimae) series, produced by Toho. He appeared in nearly 250 films, both contemporary and jidaigeki . He was also famous on stage playing Tevye in the Japanese version of Fiddler on the Roof. [1] He also appeared in television series and specials, and was the first guest on the television talk show Tetsuko's Room in 1975. He was long-time head of the Japan Actors Union. Among many honors, Morishige received the Order of Culture from the Emperor of Japan in 1991.


Hisaya Morishige died of natural causes at a hospital in Tokyo at 8:16 A.M. on November 10, 2009, at the age of 96.



1947Joyū Teinosuke Kinugasa
1955 Keisatsu Nikki Policeman Yoshii Seiji Hisamatsu Lead role
Meoto zenzai Ryukichi Koreyasu Shirō Toyoda Lead role
1956 Romantic Daughters Morishita Toshio Sugie
1956–70Company President seriesThe company president Shūe Matsubayashi and othersLead role
1957 Snow Country Imura Shirō Toyoda
1958A Holiday in Tokyo Kajirō Yamamoto
The Tale of the White Serpent All men characters (voice)Taiji Yabushita
1958–69Ekimae seriesTokunosuke Morita and others Kozo Saeki and othersLead role
1961 The End of Summer Eiichirou Isomura Yasujirō Ozu
1971 Tora-san's Shattered Romance Senzō Yoji Yamada
1972 Zatoichi at Large Tōbei Kazuo Mori
1978 The Incident Tamizō Kiyokawa Yoshitarō Nomura
1980 The Battle of Port Arthur Itō Hirobumi Toshio Masuda
1981 Imperial Navy Naoki Hongō Shūe Matsubayashi
1983Shōsetsu Yoshida Gakkō Shigeru Yoshida Shirō MoritaniLead role
1984 Sayonara Jupiter Earth Federation President Koji Hashimoto/Sakyo Komatsu
1990 Ruten no umi Kumago MatsuzakaBuichi SaitōLead role
1994 47 Ronin Chisaka Takafusa Kon Ichikawa
1997 Princess Mononoke Okkoto-nushi (voice) Hayao Miyazaki
2001 Doraemon: Nobita and the Winged Braves Professor Torino (voice) Tsutomu Shibayama Special appearance
2004ShinibanaRokusaburō Aoki Isshin Inudo Special appearance


1975Genroku Taiheiki Tokugawa Mitsukuni NHK Taiga drama
Ōoka Echizen Dr. Yuzan Mikumo TBS
1975–77 Edo o Kiru Tokugawa Nariaki TBSSpecial appearance
1981Sekigahara Tokugawa Ieyasu TBSLead role, miniseries
1986ByakkotaiInoue Okazumi NTV Lead role


1986 When the Wind Blows Jim
1997 Hercules Opening narrator




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