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Togo Igawa

Togo Igawa

Occupation
Actor and Voice Actor
Years Active
1979–present
Voice of

Togo Igawa (伊川 東吾, Igawa Togo), born in Tokyo on 26 September 1946, is a Japanese actor who works primarily in British films and television.

He was one of the voice actors who worked on Robotboy. He was the voice of the world-renowned scientist Professor Moshimo in the series. He played the role 29 times in the entire series.

Igawa lives in England with his wife Adrienne Baba. He became the first Japanese member of The Royal Shakespeare Company in 1986.

Before 1984 Eiji Kusuhara enjoyed something of a monopoly on roles of British-Japanese characters until he starred alongside Togo Igawa in the movie The man who shot Christmas. After this movie, Igawa also became a much sought British-Japanse actor. The two actors worked a lot together on the same projects. Robotboy was the last project they shared. Igawa as professor Moshimo and Kusuhara as his archenemy Dr. Kamikazi.

Biography

He trained in Japan at The Haiyuza Theatre Company Acting School and Toho Gakuen College of Drama and Music.

In 1968 he joined the Theatre Centre 68 (precursor of the Black Tent Theatre), and went on to tour throughout Japan, performing in more than 120 cities. In 1983 he moved to England. In 1986, the opening season for the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon Avon, he became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company as its first Japanese actor.

Since then he has appeared extensively on stage, film, television and radio worldwide. In 2006, he formed Ichiza Theatre Company in London. He lives in a village in north Oxfordshire with his wife, potter-chef, Adrienne Baba.

Trivia

  • Both he and Rupert Degas have voiced characters on Thomas the Tank Engine.
  • He guest-starred as Cartex on Cartoon Network's The Amazing World of Gumball.

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