Kenji Utsumi (内海賢二, 26th August 1937 - 13th June 2013) was a Japanese voice actor formerly affiliated with Aoni Production, now with his founded Ken Production. He provided voices for the Japanese narration of Thomas & Friends from the first to the eighth season.

He was best known for voicing Raoh from the "Fist of the North Star" series, Shenron from the "Dragon Ball" series, Inspector Detector from "Speed Racer", Apocalypse from "X-Men: The Animated Series", Mushibakinman and Kurayamiman from "Soreike! Anpanman", Colonel Volgin from the "Metal Gear" series, Apollo Creed from the "Rocky" series, Punjab from "Annie", the Big Bad Wolf from "Shrek", Alex Louis Armstrong from "Fullmetal Alchemist" and Tiger from the "An American Tail" series.

He passed away in June 2013 at the age of 75 after a battle with peritoneal cancer.




Major awards and nominations

  • Won - Special Achievement Award at the 8th annual Seiyuu Awards, 2014