Hitoshi Ueki

In this Japanese name, the family name is Ueki.
Hitoshi Ueki
Born (1926-12-25)December 25, 1926
 Japan Aichi Prefecture
Died March 27, 2007(2007-03-27) (aged 80)
Nationality  Japan
Occupation Actor, comedian, singer, guitarist

Hitoshi Ueki (植木 等 Ueki Hitoshi, December 25, 1926 March 27, 2007) was a Japanese actor, comedian, singer, and guitarist. He won six awards for acting.[1] His film credits stretch from 1960 to 1995.[2][3]

Ueki came to fame through the comic jazz-band The Crazy Cats led by Hajime Hana. His major appearances were in the Musekinin Otoko film series, the comedy variety show Shabondama Holiday, the prime-time television series The Hangman, and the ten 2-hour television shows in the Nagoya Yomeiri Monogatari franchise. He appeared in the Akira Kurosawa epic jidaigeki film Ran, and received a nomination for the Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.[1] In 1978, he won that honor for his performance in Shukuji, directed by Tomio Kuriyama.[4] On stage, he portrayed Billy Flynn in the musical Chicago.

Additionally, Ueki voiced the Roddy McDowall role in Planet of the Apes.

His hit song with Hana Hajime and the Crazy Cats, Sūdara-bushi, placed in the Oricon top ten,[5] and landed him an appearance on the NHK annual music spectacular Kōhaku Uta Gassen.

Ueki received the Purple Ribbon Medal of Honour in 1993 and the 4th Class Order of the Rising Sun in 1999.

He also served as a narrator in the Japanese version of Tom and Jerry.

Currently, new technology is being used to create a Vocaloid voicebank using his voice.[6]




This article includes material translated from 植木等 (Ueki Hitoshi) in the Japanese Wikipedia, retrieved on June 21, 2008.


  1. 1 2 Hitoshi Ueki - Awards IMDB Retrieved June 21, 2008
  2. 植木等 JMDB Retrieved June 21, 2008
  3. Hitoshi Ueki IMDB Retrieved June 21, 2008
  4. 日本アカデミー賞公式サイト 1987 Prizes at Japan Academy Official Site Retrieved June 21, 2008
  5. 植木等、クレイジー・キャッツの主なランクイン作品売上データ ニュース-ORICON STYLE- Oricon ranking page for Ueki Hitoshi and the Crazy Cats Retrieved June 21, 2008
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