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Keiji Fujiwara, prolific Final Fantasy voice actor and Japanese voice of Iron Man, dies at 55

By Jacob Oller
Reno from Final Fantasy VII Remake

Prolific voice actor Keiji Fujiwara, the man behind hundreds of characters over the course of a four-decade career, has died from cancer at age 55.

This news comes from his talent agency — Air Agency, where he was also the representative director — which confirmed that Fujiwara died on April 12 after a battle with the disease. Fujiwara acted extensively since his start in the '80s, providing voices for such anime characters as Crayon Shin-chan's Hiroshi Nohara, Fullmetal Alchemist's Maes Hughes, Hunter x Hunter's Leorio Paladiknight, Blood+'s Nathan Mahler, and Death Note's Shuichi Aizawa. He also made appearances in fan-favorites like NarutoJoJo's Bizarre AdventureAttack on Titan, and Pokémon.

Keiji Fujiwara

Fujiwara also appeared in several video games, including Final Fantasy VII as Reno — a role he recently reprised for Final Fantasy VII REMAKE, out earlier this month — Metal Gear Solid, and Kingdom Hearts. Aside from his original roles, Fujiwara dubbed many foreign films for a Japanese audience, including as Robert Downey Jr.'s go-to dub voice in the Iron Man and Avengers franchises:

Other highlights from Fujiwara's dubbing career include Shaggy in the live-action Scooby-Doo franchise, the Joker in The Dark Knight, and Dr. Manhattan in Watchmen. His final performance looks to be the video game Granblue Fantasy: Relink, due in late 2020.