Akira Takarada, who was famous for his appearances in Godzilla movies throughout the years, has died at the age of 87
Japanese actor Akira Takarada has passed away at the age of 87 Toho Studios has confirmed.
He is known for his roles in the original Godzilla films and for his voice work.
Toho Studios said in a statement on Twitter: “We are saddened to hear of Akira Takarada’s passing. May his memory continue to inspire the lives of many Godzilla fans.”
No cause or date of death was disclosed in the announcement.
The star played a sailor named Hideto Ogata in the company’s 1954 original Godzilla film.
His character is the Japan Coast Guard liaison in the iconic film when the first ship is sunk by the monster that sent out an SOS call.
Akira’s character is also there at the end of the film to watch Godzilla die from the Oxygen Terminator.
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He was also featured in the 1956 American re-edited action film Godzilla, King of the Monsters, starring Raymond Burr.
He’s been a regular part of other versions of the franchise, including Mothra vs. Godzilla in 1964.
In 1992, he returned with an updated version and made his final appearance in the series in 2004 starring in Godzilla: Final Wars.
Other monster-themed movies Akira has starred in include 1965’s Astro Monster Invasion and 1966’s Ebirah, Horror of the Deep.
As well as his work on stage, Akira is known for his voice work.
In 1967, he voiced the title character in Doctor Doolittle, and also starred in the Disney animated films The Great Mouse Detective and Aladdin, in which he voiced the villains Ratigan and Jafar.
Fans from around the world took to social media to pay their respects following the announcement.
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One Twitter user said: “Akira Takarada, Godzilla actor in Legends, has unfortunately passed away at the age of 87. We were delighted to meet him at G-Fest, a really kind man to incredible stories. He’ll be missed.”
Another commented: “Breaking news that Akira Takarada has passed away. My heart is broken.”
And a third wrote: “Akira Takarada has passed away. He is 87 years old. Takarada was a great actor and a kind human being. Rest in peace.”
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