Jōji Yanami (八奈見 乗児, Yanami Jōji), born Shigemitsu Shirato (白土 繁満, Shirato Shigemitsu) on August 30, 1931 in Tokyo, is a veteran seiyuu. And by "veteran", we mean veteran; he started working in 1963, when popular TV Anime first started to become a thing. That's right, this guy has been working for as long as anime has been a thing, plus or minus a couple of months, and until recently, showed no sign of stopping in his eighties.
In 2015, however, he had to take an indefinite medical leave. As such, his ongoing roles (especially as the narrator and King Kai on Dragon Ball) have been recast, and he can essentially be considered retired.
His Ad Libbing is legendary, and in several cases (especially the Time Bokan series) his characters and roles began to be written with deliberately sparse "Harpo Does Something Funny" lines for him to work in. He is best known for his roles in the Time Bokan series and as the Narrator for the Dragon Ball series.
He is currently represented by Aoni Production.
- Akumaizer 3 (Gabra)
- Bikkuriman (Super Zeus)
- Botchan (TMS adaptation) (Red Shirt)
- Cooking Papa (Yoshioka)
- Cyborg 009 1968 (Dr. Isaac Gilmore)
- Devilman (Pochi)
- Digimon Adventure (Gennai)
- Dragon Ball (Narrator, Master Roshi (ep. 137), Dr. Briefs, The King)
- Dragon Ball Z (Narrator, King Kai, Dr. Briefs, The King, Babidi)
- Dragon Ball GT (Narrator, King Kai, The King)
- Dragon Ball Z Kai (Narrator, King Kai, Dr. Briefs)
- GeGeGe no Kitarō 1985 & 2007 (Ittan Momen)
- Getter Robo G (Benkei Kurama, Emperor Burai)
- GUN×SWORD (Kameo)
- Hustle Punch (Professor Garigari)
- Inuyasha (Totosai)
- Irresponsible Captain Tylor (Dr. Kitaguchi)
- Keio Flying Squadron (Dr. Pon)
- Mazinger Z (Dr. Yumi)
- Mouretsu Atarou 1969 & 1990 (Boss Kokoro)
- One Piece (Gun Fall, Boodle)
- Osomatsu-kun 1966 (Matsuzo)
- Ranma ½ (Harumaki)
- Sakura Wars 2: Thou Shalt Not Die (Mokujiki)
- Space Pirate Captain Harlock (Doctor Zero)
- Kyojin no Hoshi (Star of the Giants) (Ban Chuuta)
- Time Bokan series (Grocky, Boyacky, Tobbokee, Sekobitchi, others)
- Twinbee (Dr. Mardock)