Tadao Tomomatsu, Toastmaster

Animé Los Angeles is delighted to welcome back our perpetual Toastmaster, Tadao Tomomatsu.

Most recently seen on TV as NYPD Detective Furakawa (the Japanese translator) on HEROES, Tadao will be emceeing all of our major events.

Tadao Tomomatsu (aka TNT or Uncle Albert) is a local celebrity within the Los Angeles science fiction community. He is also an actor, comedian, and a general all-around good guy.

He was born in Texas on a date which is a close kept secret, but his age is suspected to be within the range of 25-85. However, he grew up in the midwest in an area which could boast few Asian inhabitants. As self-defense against being signaled out in a negative way, Tadao developed a quick sense of humor and a wide range of voices. This ability soon led to his participation in theater productions and the discovery of a love for the field of entertainment.

The son of a preeminent food scientist, he was encouraged to continue his academic career which resulted in his attaining a Bachelor’s in the Communication Studies from the University of Iowa, in the meantime taking several classes from Harvard University. During these early years, he was employed as a Chicago DJ as well as in several other eclectic jobs. In college, he became an active participant in Mid-Western Fandom.

Following his history in the Mid-West, he moved to the West Coast in 1992 in order to take on a production assistant position for the then-new series Friends.

The following years saw his active involvement in many aspects of the entertainment business. It also saw his slow increasing involvement in local science fiction fandom in the forms of both the Time Meddlers of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS). In 1999 he became involved with the world