Kenichi Matsuyama (b. March 5, 1985) is a Japanese actor known for his frequent castings in live-action drama adaptions of manga works, and is best known for playing L in the Death Note live-action films.
J-Dramas and Films
- Kenichi Mouri, Gokusen (2002, debut)
- L, Death Note, (2006)
- Robo, Sexy Voice and Robo, (2007)
- Souichi Negishi/Johannes Krauser II, Detroit Metal City, (2008)
- Kamui, Kamui Gaiden, (2008)
- Gamagori Futarou, Zeni Geba, (2009)
- Toru Watanabe, Norwegian Wood, (2010)
- Masaru Kato, Gantz (2011)
- Daikichi Kawachi, Bunny Drop (2011)
- Taira no Kiyomori, Taira no Kiyomori (2012, Taiga Drama)
- Benzō, Futagashira (2015)
- Hiroshi, Dokonjo Gaeru (2015)
- Satoshi Murayama, Satoshi: A Move for Tomorrow (2016)
- Naoe Kanetsugu, Sekigahara (2017)
- Yōsuke, Yurigokoro (2017)
- Jesus, Saint Young Men (2018)
- Kazuo Shinbo, Miyamoto kara Kimi e (2019)
- Shuji Satomi, Shiroi Kyotō (2019)
Tropes applying to this actor:
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: In Death Note and Zeni Geba.
- Likes Older Women: Wife Koyuki is eight years older than him.
- Promoted Fanboy: A Hotblooded genre fanboy, Matsuyama outed in all of his Promare interviews that he loves Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Kill la Kill, and especially GaoGaiGar; for which he would regularly seek for emotional energy, and expressed his over-the-moon excitement to be cast alongside his voice acting idol, Nobuyuki Hiyama for this animated feature film.
- Ugly Cute: Several of his characters due to Adaptational Attractiveness, L and Futaro particularly - both are intended to be ugly/horribly disfigured, but even the makeup department's best efforts cannot disguise that Matsuyama is actually quite handsome.
- Unkempt Beauty: Some of his roles (most notably L), and sometimes also the man himself.