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Masanari Nihei (二瓶正也 Nihei Masanari) was a Japanese actor. His real name and old stage name was Masanori Nihei (二瓶 正典 Nihei Masanori). He is known for his role as Mitsuhiro Ide in Ultraman.


Nihei passed away due to aspiration pneumonia on August 21, 2021. His funeral was held privately by his close relatives.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1966 Ultra Q Morishita Milk Truck Driver Episode 2 "Goro and Goroh"
Bank Gang Sato Episode 6 "Grow Up! Little Turtle"
Nakamatsu Construction Supervisor's Assistant Episode 15 "Kanegon's Cocoon"
The Birth of Ultraman Mitsuhiro Ide
1967 Kaiju Booska Mecha Taro's Older Brother Episode 39 "Hundred-ton Whirlwind Wasshoi!"
1968 Ultraseven Kamata Episode 42 "Ambassador of the Nonmalt"
Mighty Jack Akira Genda
Fight! Mighty Jack
1979 The☆Ultraman Hiroaki Tobe Voice
1994 Ultraseven - Operation: Solar Energy Himself
1996 Revive! Ultraman Mitsuhiro Ide Voiced stock footage
Ultraman Zearth Photographer
1997 Ultraman Zearth 2: Superhuman Big Battle - Light and Shadow
2001 Ultraman Cosmos: The First Contact Rubbernecking Man
2005 Ultraman Max Dr. Date Episodes 23, 34, 38
2008 Great Decisive Battle! The Super 8 Ultra Brothers Candy Store Owner