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Takeshi Aono (青野 武 Aono Takeshi, June 19, 1936 – April 9, 2012) was a Japanese voice actor and actor from Asahikawa, Hokkaidō. He was attached to Aoni Production at the time of his death. He graduated from Hokkaidō Asahikawa Higashi High School.

Most remembered for his harsh authoritarian voice, some of Aono's most known notable roles include Piccolo Daimao and Kami-sama in the Dragon Ball franchise, Dracule Mihawk in One Piece, Shiro Sanada in Space Battleship Yamato, Rihaku in Fist of the North Star and Dakuan in Ninja Scroll. He is also known in video games as the voice of the diabolical Dr. Wily in the PlayStation-era Mega Man games, and Colonel Roy Campbell of the Metal Gear games.

In May 2010, Aono checked into a hospital for an aortic dissection and suffered a stroke shortly thereafter, thus putting an end to his career as a voice actor. On the afternoon of April 9, 2012, Aono suffered a bout of post-operative multiple cerebral infarctions and was found dead. Aono was 75 years old at the time of his death.

Bin Shimada would take over most of Aono's ongoing roles, including Kami in Dragon Ball Z Kai, while Hirohiko Kakegawa would take over the role of Mihawk in One Piece. Out of respect for Aono, Hideo Kojima retired the Roy Campbell character from the Metal Gear series.

 


Filmography

Year Character Title Dub Voice Dub Country
1974-1975 Shiro Sanada Space Battleship Yamato ¿? United States
1977 Space Battleship Yamato Jerry Harland United States
1978-1979 Space Battleship Yamato II ¿? United States
1978 Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato Jeff Winkless United States
1980-1981 Space Battleship Yamato III ¿? United States
1980-1981 Lieutenant Ketchup
(ep. 16)
Astro Boy Dave Miller United States
Dr. Milky Way (ep. 41) Greg Zerkle
1981 Bob Call of the Wild: Howl, Buck ¿? United States
Manuel Bryan Cranston United States
1981 Flack The Enchanted Journey Jim Backus United States
1982 Muriguson Arcadia of My Youth Richard Nieskens Tokyo, Japan
1982-1983 Sancho The Mysterious Cities of Gold Terrence Labrosse Canada
1982 Grant Hanson Thunderbirds 2086 Earl Hammond United States
1983 Eizo Yoshida Barefoot Gen Michael McConnohie United States
1983 Pablo Golgo 13: The Professional Kerrigan Mahan United States
1983 Father Rain Boy Mike Worman Tokyo, Japan
1984 LaVerne Thorndyke Lensman Steve Kramer United States
Dave Mallow
(redub)
United States
1985 Wireless Operator Night on the Galactic Railroad David Moo United States
1985 Sanpei The Dagger of Kamui Greg Starr Tokyo, Japan
1985-1986 Hazzard Pascha Ninja Warrior Tobikage ¿? United States
1986-1989 Ninja Murasaki Dragon Ball Duncan Brannan United States
Zane Sampson Canada
King Piccolo Christopher Sabat United States
Mike Shepherd Canada
Kami Christopher Sabat United States
Mike Shepherd Canada
Plague (ep. 79) Mike McFarland United States
Adam Hunter Canada
Young Master Shen (ep. 129) Chuck Huber United States
Jonathan Love Canada
1986 Fox Fist of the North Star: The Movie Tom Wyner United States
1986-1990 Mad Saulus Violence Jack John Bull United Kingdom
1987-1989 Dr. Tarsan Dangaioh David Collins United Kingdom
1987-1990 Jinmen Devilman David Collins United Kingdom
1987-1989 The Devil (ep. 31) Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics Milton James United States
Demon (ep. 40)
1987 Billy Bones Treasure Island: The Movie John Snyder United States
1987 Mr. Shadow Wicked City Jeff Winkless United States
Ray Lonnen United Kingdom
1989-1996 Kami Dragon Ball Z Dale Wilson Canada
Ward Perry
(eps. 25-37)
Chris Forbis
(ep. 76; original version)
United States
Christopher Sabat
1989 Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone Ward Perry Canada
Ed Marcus France
Christopher Sabat United States
1989-1992 Kinnii (ep. 48) Ranma ½ Paul Dobson Canada
Gambling King
(ep. 85)
David Kaye
1989 Deathsaurus Transformers: Victory Rik Thomas Hong Kong
1990-1991 Dave Kurokawa (ep. 1) Cyber City Oedo 808 Marc Smith United Kingdom
1990-1991 Captain Rumpot (ep. 12) Moomin Jeff Harding United States
1990-1991 Wagnard Record of Lodoss War Bruce Winant United States
1991-1992 Chou (ep. 1) 3x3 Eyes Michael McConnohie United States
Yuji Okumoto United States
1991 Bloody Charlie Vampire Wars Eric Flynn United Kingdom
1992-1998 Dojin Issei Giant Robo: The Animation Kevin Seymour United States
Mike Pollock (redub) United States
1992-1993 Kiba Green Legend Ran Gerard Plunkett Canada
1992-1993 Katsuhito Masaki Tenchi Muyo! Jay Hopper United States
Nobuyuki Masaki
1993 Lt. Toudou Art of Fighting James Carter Cathcart United States
1993 Dakuan Ninja Scroll Stephen Apostolina United States
1993-1996 Gambling King (ep. 2) Ranma ½ (OVAs) David Kaye Canada
Shinnosuke's Grandfather French Tickner
1993 3rd Ache Roujin Z Nigel Anthony United Kingdom
1993 Katsuhito Masaki Tenchi Muyo! The Night Before the Carnival Jay Hopper United States
1993 Garuga / Yasha Yu Yu Hakusho: The Golden Seal Kevin Seymour United States
Christopher Ayres United States
1993-2002 Vanilla Ice JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Andrew Chaikin United States
1994 Mitsuhide Akechi Ghost Sweeper Mikami Dan Stevens United States
1994 Hattori Hanzō Samurai Shodown: The Motion Picture Rob Mungle United States
1994 Katsuhito Masaki Tenchi Muyo! II Jay Hopper United States
Nobuyuki Masaki
1994-1997 Daimaru Nakajima You're Under Arrest Marc Matney United States
1995-2010 Tomozo Sakura (eps. 38-768) Chibi Maruko-chan Simon Broad Hong Kong
1995 Katsuhito Masaki Tenchi Universe Jay Hopper United States
Nobuyuki Masaki
1996 Captain Yamazaki Birdy the Mighty Doug Markley United States
1996 Dr. Wily Mega Man 8 Douglas Kendall Tokyo, Japan
1996 Nobuyuki Masaki Tenchi the Movie: Tenchi in Love Jay Hopper United States
Katsuhito Masaki
1997-1998 Jushin Sekiguchi Ninja Resurrection David R. Jarrott United States
1997 Katsuhito Masaki Tenchi Muyo! Bob Papenbrook United States
Nobuyuki Masaki
1997 Katsuhito Masaki Tenchi Muyo! The Daughter of Darkness United States
Nobuyuki Masaki
1997 Dr.Wily Mega Man X4 John O'Connor Tokyo, Japan
1998-1999 Dohan Cowboy Bebop Simon Prescott United States
1998 Colonel Roy Campbell Metal Gear Solid Paul Eiding United States
1998 Yukinojo Miura Nazca Jack Barlow United States
1998 Swanzo Outlaw Star Doug Stone United States
Professor Nguyen Khan Milton James
1999-2003 Mr. Wise (ep. 9) The Big O Doug Stone United States
1999 Attalos Reign: The Conqueror Dwight Schultz United States
1999-2010 Dracule Mihawk
(eps. 23-460)
One Piece Chuck Powers Singapore
Christopher Collet United States
John Gremillion United States
Mayor Woop Slap (ep. 45) Joseph Murray Singapore
¿? United States
Barry Yandell United States
1999 Nobuyuki Masaki Tenchi Forever! Bob Papenbrook United States
Katsuhito Masaki
2000 Attalos Alexander: The Movie Dwight Schultz United States
2000-2004 Kaijinbo (eps. 44-45) InuYasha Robert O. Smith Canada
2000 Lanacuras Shinzo Tom Wyner United States
2001 Dr. Ponkotsu Metropolis Doug Stone United States
2001-2002 Yōmei Asakura Shaman King Jim Napolitano United States
2002 Kami Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Christopher Sabat United States
2002-2007 Tazuna Naruto Kirk Thornton United States
2002 Katsuhito Masaki (ep. 17) Tenchi Muyo! GXP Bob Papenbrook United States
2003 Daiki Niwa D.N.Angel John Swasey United States
2003 Dr. Wolfgang Pierce Zoids: Fuzors Brian Dobson Canada
2004-2008 Dr. Allbert Zweinstein Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Sean Schemmel United States
2005 Colonel Roy Campbell Ape Escape 3 Michael McColl United States
2005 Azuki Rousai Basilisk R. Bruce Elliott United States
2005-2010 Gengai Hiraga Gintama ¿? United States
2005-2006 Ichi IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix William Frederick Knight United States
2005 Master Mew Musashi: Samurai Legend Barry Gjerde Tokyo, Japan
2005 Dracule Mihawk One Piece: Grand Battle Christopher Collet United States
2005 Lieutenant Banks Pokémon the Movie: Lucario & the Mystery of Mew Oliver Wyman United States
2006-2008 Bookman D.Gray-man R. Bruce Elliott United States
2006-2010 Count Mott The Familiar of Zero ¿? United States
2006 Dr. Wily Mega Man Powered Up Dean Galloway Canada
2007-2008 Toshio Koumura Clannad Todd Waite United States
2007 King Piccolo Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 Christopher Sabat United States
2007 Lopez (ep. 2) El Cazador de la Bruja R. Bruce Elliott United States
2007 Dracule Mihawk One Piece: Unlimited Adventure John Gremillion United States
2008 Tsuyukami (ep. 2) Natsume's Book of Friends Doug Jackson United States
2009 Ninja Murasaki Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo Duncan Brannan United States
2009-2010 Kami (eps. 4-50) Dragon Ball Z Kai Christopher Sabat United States
2009 Old Man Mole Redline Steve Kramer United States
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