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Kiyoshi Kobayashi (小林 清志 Kobayashi Kiyoshi, born January 11, 1933) is a Japanese actor, voice actor and narrator from Tokyo.

Graduated from Tokyo Metropolitan Koishikawa High School, he attended the National Institute for Cultural Studies where he was a member of the Izumiza Theater Troupe and Nihon University College of Art in the theater department in 1953. In 1960, he participated in the founding of the Tokyo Actor's Consumer's Cooperative Society (also known as Haikyo) where he is still a member.

Outside of his role as Daisuke Jigen, he was also Crystal Bowie in Space Adventure Cobra, Watari in Death Note, Jubei from the Samuari Shodown games, among other roles including the Japanese voice of the Wolf from Droopy, and Splinter from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Kobayashi has voice dubbed western stars such as James Coburn, Lee Marvin, Franco Nero and like Yasuo Yamada and Gorō Naya, he also dubbed Clint Eastwood.

On September 7 2021, it was announced that Kobayashi retired as Daisuke Jigen with the reason given from TMS was due to having difficulty doing the voice at the age of 88 and mentioned regarding his physical health. Kobayashi had wanted to continue the role during a stage greeting of The First as "I want to do a little more."[1]

Roles

As Daisuke Jigen

Trivia

  • Kiyoshi Kobayashi has voiced Daisuke Jigen in nearly every single appearance for 52 years with only one exception, The Plot of the Fuma Clan where he was voiced by Banjō Ginga. He along with Eiko Masuyama were the only voice actors who appeared in the Pilot Film and retained their roles with an exception of Part 1 for Eiko Masuyama, while Gorō Naya was also in the Pilot Film he however voiced Goemon in the Pilot and Zenigata in later productions. Lupin the 3rd Part 6 was the first series that featured a different voice actor for Jigen, Akio Ōtsuka.
  • He also voiced in the Japanese dub of Samurai Jack a character known as the Thief in the episode "Jack and the Labyrinth" who in terms of character design was modeled on Jigen. Satoshi Kato, the dubbing director for Samurai Jack, had been a voice director on many Lupin III projects and cast Kobayashi in the role.
  • He dubbed James Coburn as Britt - who Jigen was modeled on- in the NET dub of The Magnificent Seven (1960).
  • According to Haikyo, Kiyoshi Kobayashi also understands and can also translate from English.

References

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