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Clifford Harrington (June 18, 1932 - August 9, 2013) was a Tokyo-based American actor and voice actor who primarily did dubbing work for Frontier Enterprises.


Born in Seattle, Washington on June 18, 1932, military life eventually brought Cliff to Japan where he would end up teaching English for 35 years. Beyond that, Harrington would become involved in the entertainment industry. He is perhaps best known for his brief appearance as Al in King Kong vs. Godzilla, and by happenstance ended up dubbing the voice of the helicopter pilot he sat next to (in the Japanese version). [1]


Cliff Harrington Memorial Project -- 1

Cliff dubbed many films via William Ross and Frontier Enterprises, spending countless hours in recording studios working with Japanese technicians. He even worked as cinematographer on Robert Dunham's independent film Time Travelers (1966). Harrington was close friends with Ross, and as such, he had more scope to negotiate his roles and work schedule. According to Richard Nieskens, Cliff eventually began to show up less and less around the late 80's and early 90's, having grown bored of the process after so many decades.[2]

The country afforded Harrington the chance to use his college journalism training as a writer and photographer to meet and interview movie stars and other celebrities who came to Tokyo from other countries, including the likes of Mel Gibson, Muhammad Ali, Charlton Heston, and Robert Mitchum.[3]

Harrington married his wife Tomoko in 1988, and moved to Kyushu in 2011 to be closer to his wife's aging parents. Harrington fell ill sometime in early 2013, and never recovered. He passed away in Kyushu on August 9, 2013 at the age of 81.


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  1. Homenick, Brett (2013) CLIFFORD V. HARRINGTON: 1932-2013
  2. Nieskens, Richard (January 2013). PUTTING WORDS IN THEIR MOUTHS! Dick Nieskens Talks Dubbing!
  3. Harrington, Cliff. Forty Stories of Japan. Fine Line Press (2010)

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