Hiro Kanagawa

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Hiro Kanagawa
金川 弘敦
Hironobu Kanagawa

(1963-10-13) October 13, 1963 (age 58)
  • Actor
  • playwright
Years active1979–present

Hironobu Kanagawa (金川 弘敦, Kanagawa Hironobu, October 13, 1963) is a Japanese-Canadian actor and playwright based in Vancouver, British Columbia.[1][2] 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[edit]

Kanagawa was born in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan[3] and grew up in Guelph, Ontario; Sterling Heights, Michigan and Tokyo.[citation needed]

Kanagawa conducted his undergraduate studies in sculpting at Middlebury College, where he graduated in 1986.[4][5] After dropping out of his initial graduate program, he re-enrolled at Simon Fraser University, where he completed his first play[5] and completed his MFA in 1994.[6]

He has lived in Vancouver since 1990.[1]


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[2] 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.[4] In 2017, Indian Arm won the Governor General's Award for English-language drama.[7][8]



Year Title Role Notes
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
1997 Excess Baggage Jon
1998 Futuresport Otomo Akira
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 Protection Don
2000 Best in Show Pet Shop Owner
2003 Betrayed Dr. Tanaka TV Film
2005 Hiro Hiro
2005 Best Friends Detective Miyashiro
2006 Family in Hiding Kanagawa
2008 The Day the Earth Stood Still Dr. Ikegawa
2009 Hardwired Dr. Steckler
2009 Girlfriend Experience John
2010 The King of Fighters Saisyu Kusanagi
2011 Doomsday Prophecy Dr. Yates
2011 Earth's Final Hours Tech
2013 Down River Aki's Father
2013 Grave Halloween Jin
2014 Godzilla Hayato
2015 The Age of Adaline Kenneth
2018 Fifty Shades Freed Detective Clark
2021 Crisis Dr. Ishiyama
2021 Every Breath You Take Dr. Toth
2022 Orphan: First Kill Donnan Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Highlander: The Series Herbalist Deleted Scene
1994 Madison Teacher
1994 Highlander: The Series Akira Yoshida
1994 M.A.N.T.I.S. Yakuza Translator
1994–2016 The X-Files Dr. Yonechi / Peter Tanaka / Garner
1998–2000 The Outer Limits Ron Hikida / Tali
1996 Sliders Henry
1998 The Inspectors Polygraph Tech TV movie
2000 Seven Days Mr. Kim / Dr. Oshima
2000 Dark Angel Theo
2002 Smallville Principal Kwan
2002 Damaged Care Dr. Kitano
2002 Living with the Dead Frank the Business Consultant
2005 The 4400 Agent Park
2005 Criminal Minds Seattle ASAC
2005 Steklo Akira
2005 Andromeda Burma
2005 Stargate SG-1 Mr Wayne
2005 Da Vinci's City Hall Fire Captain Roy Komori
2006 Blade: The Series Taka
2007 Intelligence Detective Ogawa
2008 Heroes and Villains Mitsunari Ishida
2008 What Color Is Love? Henry Wong
2008 The Story of Saiunkoku Kaku
2009 Supernatural Game Show Host
2009 Reaper Morris
2009 Sanctuary Ark-Fong Li
2010 Caprica Cyrus Xander
2010 Human Target Lt. Peale
2010 Fringe Lawyer
2011–12 The Secret Circle Calvin Wilson
2012 Continuum Dr. Ted Gibson Season 1 Episode 3
2012-14 Blackstone Harold
2013 The Tomorrow People Corbin
2013 Bates Motel Dr. Kurata
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
2015 The Magicians Professor March
2015–16 The Man in the High Castle Taishi Okamura
2015 The Whispers Team Member 1 Brent
2015–17 Dark Matter Emperor Ishida Tetsuda
2015–16 Heroes Reborn Hachiro Otomo/Red Samurai
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
2018 Salvation Chief Justice Martin Cheng
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
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"

Voice acting[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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
2004 InuYasha Saint Hakushin
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


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Mobile Suit Gundam: Zeonic Front Gihren Zabi


  1. ^ a b "God's Baboons » Cast » Hiro Kanagawa". Godsbaboons.com. Retrieved 2014-06-22.
  2. ^ a b Birnie, Peter (November 25, 2010). "Stanley Park storm inspires Christmas play". The Vancouver Sun. Postmedia. p. C.7. Archived from the original on June 24, 2014. Retrieved June 23, 2014.
  3. ^ Fleshman, Cu (2019-10-30). "From 'Limetown' to 'See,' Actor Hiro Kanagawa Is Turning Up The Thrills". Character Media. Retrieved 2020-02-06.
  4. ^ a b Middlebury College (2018). Middlebury College magazine. Vol. 92, No. 3 : 2018. Middlebury, Vt. : The College, 1981-.
  5. ^ a b Cleugh, Janis (October 17, 2017). "PoMo playwright up for GG award". Tri-City News. Retrieved 2020-02-08.
  6. ^ "Hiro Kanagawa | Asian Heritage in Canada". Retrieved 2020-02-08.
  7. ^ Hennig, Clare (November 5, 2017). "Port Moody playwright wins national award for Indian Arm". CBC. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  8. ^ "Governor General Literary Awards announced: Joel Thomas Hynes wins top English fiction prize". CBC News, November 1, 2017.

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