Adopted son of Ôtani Hiroji III, he made his first stage appearance in Winter 1790 at the Nakamuraza,
where he received the name of Ôtani Hirogorô I. He took the name of Ôtani Oniji IV in the 11th lunar month of 1800 at the Nakamuraza,
playing in the kaomise drama "Genji Gumo Kogane no Kumadori". He spent almost all his career in Edo, performing tachiyaku roles.
His name appeared in a playbill in Edo for the last time in the 11th lunar month of 1808, at the Moritaza,
where he played in the drama "Hana to Mitsuyuki no Kusunoki". What happened afterwards is not clear. In some books, it is written that he went on tour, took the name of Ôtani Hiroji IV but he died before going back to Edo.
In others books, we can read that he retired without taking the name of Ôtani Hiroji IV and became the owner of an inn in the Sagami province.
He used to be called Ôtani Jicchô IV, a name which he did not formally take on stage.
Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni I