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Birth 30 january 1927
Death 12 october 2015 (at 88 years)
Kazuo Kumakura (熊倉 一雄, Kumakura Kazuo, January 30, 1927 - October 12, 2015) was a Japanese actor, voice actor, and theatre director. He was the head of the Theatre Echo agency at the time of his death.
Kazuo Kumakura was born in the Azabu district of Minato, Tokyo on January 30, 1927. In 1956, he joined the Theatre Echo theatre group. From 1957, he became the Japanese voice of Alfred Hitchcock in Nippon TV's TV broadcasts of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and from 1989, he played the voice of Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christie's Poirot.
He died of rectal cancer on October 12, 2015, at a hospital in Tokyo, at the age of 88.