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Kenji Utsumi

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Kenji Utsumi (内海賢二, August 26th, 1937 - June 13th, 2013) was a Japanese voice actor who provided voices for the Japanese narration of Thomas & Friends.

He was best known for voicing Shenron from the "Dragon Ball" series, Inspector Dectector 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", and Tiger from the "An American Tail" series.

He died in 2013 at the age of 75 after a battle with cancer.




  • Shenron was his last role before his death.
  • Both he and Philippe Catoire voiced the Big Bad Wolf from "Shrek 2" in their respective languages.
  • He and Rokurō Naya played Captain Gaspard from "Mysterious Cities of Gold".
  • Both he and Kiyoyuki Yanada played Shredder in the original "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles".
  • Both he and Salty's Lighthouse voice actor Scott McNeil voiced Rasin from "Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might" in their respective languages.
  • Both he and Salty's Lighthouse voice actor Richard Newman voiced Porunga from "Dragon Ball Z" in their respective languages.

Major awards and nominations

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

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