(古谷 徹, Furuya Tōru
?) is a veteran narrator and seiyū (voice actor) born on July 31, 1953 in Isogo-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. As a child, he was a member of Gekidan Himawari, a children's acting troupe.[citation needed
] He is currently employed by the talent management firm Aoni Production. He was a best friend of the late Hirotaka Suzuoki.[citation needed
] He was at one time married to fellow seiyuu Mami Koyama but amicably divorced in 1983. He later married seiyuu Satomi Majima.
Furuya is most known for the roles of Amuro Ray (both in the original Mobile Suit Gundam
and its following Gundam sequels), Hyouma Hoshi (Kyojin no Hoshi
), Pegasus Seiya (Saint Seiya
), Yamcha (Dragon Ball
), Kyosuke Kasuga (Kimagure Orange Road
), and Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Mask (Sailor Moon
He also used a pseudonym Noboru Sōgetsu
(蒼月 昇 Sōgetsu Noboru
) in the cast of Mobile Suit Gundam 00
for Ribbons Almack's role (but used his real name in the narration role). Both the narration role and Ribbons mark Furuya's first role in a Gundam series after the originals. Shuuichi Ikeda who played Char had his earlier with Gilbert Durandal in Gundam SEED Destiny.