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October 13, 1963
Hironobu Kanagawa (金川 弘敦, Kanagawa Hironobu, October 13, 1963) is a Japanese-Canadian actor and playwright based in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has appeared in numerous high-profile films and television series shot in the Vancouver area, including Smallville, Caprica, Godzilla, The Man in the High Castle, Altered Carbon, iZombie, Legends of Tomorrow, Heroes Reborn and Kim's Convenience and was a writer on Da Vinci's City Hall. As a voice-over artist, he was the original English-language voice of Gihren Zabi in the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise and played Reed Richards in Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes.
Kanagawa has also written several stage dramas. He won the Governor General’s Literary Award for English-language Drama for his 2017 play Indian Arm.
Early life and education
Kanagawa conducted his undergraduate studies in sculpting at Middlebury College, where he graduated in 1986. After dropping out of his initial graduate program, he re-enrolled at Simon Fraser University, where he completed his first play and completed his MFA in 1994.
He has lived in Vancouver since 1990.
Kanagawa played Principal Kwan in TV series Smallville. His also voiced Gihren Zabi from Mobile Suit Gundam. He was also the voice of Mister Fantastic on Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes. Kanagawa has the distinction of having played three different characters in the TV series The X-Files, appearing independently in seasons 2, 4 and 10. Besides acting, Kanagawa is also a playwright and screenwriter and teaches creative writing in the English department at Capilano University.
In 2015, he won the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding Script for his play Indian Arm, an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's Little Eyolf. In 2017, Indian Arm won the Governor General's Award for English-language drama.
|1993||Born Too Soon||Resident|
|1994||My Name is Kate||Doctor|
|1994||Voices from Within||Medical Examiner|
|1995||A Child Is Missing||Agent Kurosaka|
|1995||Cyberjack (aka Virtual Assassin)||Kenji|
|1999||Turbulence 2: Fear of Flying||Controller|
|1999||Resurrection||Tech #2||TV Movie|
|2000||The Linda McCartney Story||Senior Narcotics Officer||TV Film|
|2000||The Guilty||Police Detective|
|2000||Best in Show||Pet Shop Owner|
|2003||Betrayed||Dr. Tanaka||TV Film|
|2005||Best Friends||Detective Miyashiro|
|2006||Family in Hiding||Kanagawa|
|2008||The Day the Earth Stood Still||Dr. Ikegawa|
|2010||The King of Fighters||Saisyu Kusanagi|
|2011||Doomsday Prophecy||Dr. Yates|
|2011||Earth's Final Hours||Tech|
|2013||Down River||Aki's Father|
|2015||The Age of Adaline||Kenneth|
|2018||Fifty Shades Freed||Detective Clark|
|2021||Every Breath You Take||Dr. Toth|
|2022||Orphan: First Kill||Donnan||Post-production|
|1992||Highlander: The Series||Herbalist||Deleted Scene|
|1994||Highlander: The Series||Akira Yoshida|
|1994–2016||The X-Files||Dr. Yonechi / Peter Tanaka / Garner|
|1998–2000||The Outer Limits||Ron Hikida / Tali||Episode:||1998||‘Cold Squad’|
|1998||The Inspectors||Polygraph Tech||TV movie|
|2000||Seven Days||Mr. Kim / Dr. Oshima||2 episodes|
|2000||Dark Angel||Theo||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2001-2002||Smallville||Principal Kwan||5 episodes|
|2002||Damaged Care||Dr. Kitano|
|2002||Living with the Dead||Frank the Business Consultant|
|2005||The 4400||Agent Park||2 episodes|
|2005||Criminal Minds||Seattle ASAC||Episode: "Extreme Aggressor"|
|2005||Stargate SG-1||Mr Wayne||Episode: "Full Alert"|
|2005||Da Vinci's City Hall||Fire Captain Roy Komori||9 episodes|
|2006||Blade: The Series||Taka||Episode: "The Sacrifice"|
|2007||Intelligence||Detective Ogawa||7 episodes|
|2008||Heroes and Villains||Mitsunari Ishida||Episode: "Shogun"|
|2008||What Color Is Love?||Henry Wong||Episode:|
|2008||The Story of Saiunkoku||Kaku||Episode: "It's the Company That Makes Travel Unpleasant"|
|2009||Supernatural||Game Show Host||Episode: "Changing Channels"|
|2009||Sanctuary||Ark-Fong Li||Episode: "Eulogy"|
|2010||Caprica||Cyrus Xander||13 episodes|
|2010||Human Target||Lt. Peale||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2010||Fringe||Lawyer||Episode: "The Box"|
|2011–12||The Secret Circle||Calvin Wilson||2 episodes|
|2012||Continuum||Dr. Ted Gibson||Season 1 Episode 3|
|2013||The Tomorrow People||Corbin||Episode: "All Tomorrow's Parties"|
|2013||Bates Motel||Dr. Kurata||2 episodes|
|2014||The 100||Council Member #3||3 episodes, season 1|
|2015, 2018||iZombie||Lieutenant Suzuki||8 episodes, Recurring role, season 1, 4|
|2015||The Returned||Dr. Hiromoto||3 episodes|
|2015||The Magicians||Professor March||2 episodes|
|2015–16||The Man in the High Castle||Taishi Okamura||5 episodes|
|2015||The Whispers||Team Member 1 Brent||3 episodes|
|2015||Dark Matter||Emperor Ishida Tetsuda||2 episodes|
|2015–16||Heroes Reborn||Hachiro Otomo/Red Samurai||8 episodes|
|2016||Timeless||Agent Kondo||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2016||Zoo||Curtis||Episode: "The Moon and the Star"|
|2016||Kim's Convenience||Pastor Choi||Episodes: "Janet's Photos" and "Service"|
|2017–18||Legends of Tomorrow||Director Wilbur Bennett||4 episodes, season 3|
|2018||Altered Carbon||Captain Tanaka||7 episodes|
|2018||Salvation||Chief Justice Martin Cheng||4 episodes|
|2018||Designated Survivor||NASA Liaison to the President Richard Kim||Episode: "The Final Frontier"|
|2019||The Order||Detective Hayashi||Episode: "Hell Week, Part One"|
|2019||Warigami||James Ohata||6 episodes|
|2019||The Terror||Dr. Kitamura||2 episodes|
|2019||Limetown||R.B. Villard||2 episodes|
|2019||See||Lord Unoa||4 episodes , filming|
|2020||Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist||Dr. Hamara||3 episodes|
|2020||Helstrom||Father Sean Okamoto||Episode: "Viaticum"|
|2021||Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan||Narrator||6 episodes|
|2021||The Good Doctor||Dr. Paul Nakano||Episode: "Letting Go"|
|2022||Star Trek: Discovery||Dr. Hirai||4 episodes|
|2022||Pachinko||Goto-San||Episode: "Chapter One"|
|2001||Mobile Suit Gundam||Gihren Zabi|
|2001||Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat||The Foolish Magistrate|
|2001||Mobile Suit Gundam: Federation vs. Zeon||Gihren Zabi|
|2003||Master Keaton||Fumio Hisayama|
|2006–07||Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes||Mr. Fantastic|
|2007||Black Lagoon||Col. Matsuto|
|2020||Monster Beach||Stress Leave|
|2021||Future Boy Conan||Dr. Briac Lao|
|2022||Team Zenko Go||Mr. Tanaka|
|2001||Mobile Suit Gundam: Zeonic Front||Gihren Zabi|
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