Hitoshi Ueki was a Japanese actor, comedian, singer, and guitarist. He won six awards for acting. His film credits stretch from 1960 to 1995.
Ueki came to fame through the comic jazz-band The Crazy Cats led by Hajime Hana. His major appearances were in the Musekinin Otoko film series, the comedy variety show Shabondama Holiday, the prime-time television series The Hangman, and the ten 2-hour television shows in the Nagoya Yomeiri Monogatari franchise. He appeared in the Akira Kurosawa epic jidaigeki film Ran, and received a nomination for the Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. In 1978, he won that honor for his performance in Shukuji, directed by Tomio Kuriyama. On stage, he portrayed Billy Flynn in the musical Chicago.
Additionally, Ueki voiced the Roddy McDowall role in Planet of the Apes.
His hit song with Hana Hajime and the Crazy Cats, SÅ«dara-bushi, placed in the Oricon top ten,and landed him an appearance on the NHK annual music spectacular KÅhaku Uta Gassen.
Ueki received the Purple Ribbon Medal of Honour in 1993 and the 4th Class Order of the Rising Sun in 1999.