Yamada left the faculty of literature of Waseda University, and had performed in many stage, radio, and television productions. His most famous role was Arsène Lupin III from the Lupin III series, starting in 1971 and ending in 1995. He also provided the Japanese dubbed voice for Clint Eastwood and Jean-Paul Belmondo.
At the age of 62, Yasuo Yamada died of a brain hemorrhage. At the end of the credits of the film Farewell to Nostradamus (the first Lupin film without Yasuo), there is a tribute: "To Yasuo Yamada, Eternal Lupin the Third: Thank you!" (the message was removed from the first angle of the English language DVD release by Funimation).
Since Yasuo's death, Kanichi Kurita has taken over the role of Lupin the Third. As his last will, Yasuo requested Kurita to replace him, if he were to pass on.
Notable (anime) voice roles
- Arsène Lupin III in Lupin III
- Omawari-san in Panda! Go, Panda!
- Dr. Mashirito in Dr. Slump
- Andro Umeda in Tekkaman
- Uranari in Botchan
- Zukko in Andersen Stories
- Usatan in Hoshi no Ko Chobin
- Jim in Huckleberry no Bouken
- Harry Callahan in Dirty Harry series
- Graham Chapman characters in Monty Python's Flying Circus
- King Arthur in Monty Python and the Holy Grail
- Rowdy Yates in Rawhide
- Dinky the finch in The Fox and the Hound (film)
- The Man With No Name in The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
- Template:Title without disambig at the Internet Movie Database
- Yasuo Yamada Bio at the Lupin Encyclopedia
- Yasuo Yamada at the Anime News Network
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