June 17, 1961
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Kōichi Yamadera (山寺 宏一 Yamadera Kōichi?, born June 17, 1961) is a Japanese voice actor, actor, tarento, narrator, master of ceremonies and impressionist from Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture. He graduated from Tohoku Gakuin University's economics school, and is currently affiliated with Across Entertainment. Before that, he was affiliated with the Tokyo Actor's Consumer's Cooperative Society.
His nickname is Yama-chan (山ちゃん Yama-chan?). As a radio personality, he is known as Bazooka Yamadera (バズーカ山寺 Bazūka Yamadera?) among other things. He is best known for his roles in Kyattou Ninden Teyandee/Samurai Pizza Cats (as Karamaru/Bad Bird), Cowboy Bebop (as Spike Spiegel), Kaiketsu Zorori (as Zorori), Ghost in the Shell (as Togusa), Neon Genesis Evangelion (as Ryōji Kaji), Soreike! Anpanman (as Cheese), the Yatterman remake (as the Yatter-Mechas) and Ranma ½ (as Ryōga Hibiki/P-chan and the Jusenkyō Guide). He is known for voicing Jim Carrey and Eddie Murphy in the Japanese language releases of their respective films.
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