It is with a heavy heart that Crunchyroll reports that Haruo Nakajima, the original suit actor / stuntman who portrayed the character of Godzilla in 12 films from 1954’s Gojira to 1972’s Godzilla vs. Gigan, has passed away at the age of 88. According to a statement from Toho Studios, Nakajima succumbed to pneumonia on Monday, August 07, 2017.
In addition to bringing Godzilla to life both on-screen and in real life at PR events, Nakajima also portrayed other iconic Toho monsters such as Rodan in 1956’s Rodan, Baragon in 1965’s Frankenstein Conquers the World, and Gaira in 1966’s War of the Gargantuas, just to name a few.
Rest in peace, Mr. Nakajima. Your contributions to the art of cinema will not be soon forgotten.
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