Actor Haruo Nakajima, who for two decades in the suit of the legendary Japanese filmmonster Godzilla put out, at the age of 88, succumbed to a pneumonia. It reports the Japanese news agency Kyodo, under reference to the family of the actor.
In the prefecture of Yamagata, 340 km north of Tokyo, born actor played all of it at the beginning – Godzilla in 1954 – the role of the filmmonster, and did that until twelve films later, Godzilla vs. He (1972) as the last feat. He would for the role based on the behaviour of animals in the zoo.
For he is the man behind Godzilla was, he played in a series of war – and samoeraifilms, including The Seven Samurai (1954) director Akira Kurosawa.
Also during his retirement continued to Nakajima active ‘monstervertolker’. For the upcoming international film festival of Tokyo he was on the poster as a guest speaker.