Akira Takarada, original ‘Godzilla’ star, dies at 87

In the original 1954 ‘Godzilla’ movie, Akira Takarada (pictured) played the role of Hideto Ogata, a sailor who works with the Japanese Coast Guard after Godzilla sinks a ship. File photo by Keizo Mori/UPI | License picture

March 18 (UPI) — Acclaimed Japanese actor Akira Takarada, who starred in the 1954 original Godzilla film, died at the age of 87, it was announced.

No cause of death has been provided by Toho Studios, which produced this film and announced his death.

“We are saddened to learn of Akira Takarada’s passing,” the studio said. wrote Thursday on Twitter. “May his memory continue to inspire the lives of many Godzilla Fans.”

In the original version Godzilla movie, Takarada starred as Hideto Ogata, a sailor who works with the Japanese Coast Guard after Godzilla sinks a ship.

Takarada has also featured in several other films from the Godzilla series, including the American reissue Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956), Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964), Godzilla vs Mothra (1992) and Godzilla: Final Wars (2004).

He filmed scenes for the 2014 American remake Godzilla, but these were ultimately cut from the final film. He still appears in the credits of this film.

Takarada has also appeared in several other monster movies, including Astro-Monster Invasion (1965), Ebirah, the horror of the depths (1966) and Getaways in King Kong (1967).

In addition to these projects, Takarada provided the voice of Jafar for the Japanese dub of Disney’s hit animation. Aladdin. He also voiced Jafar in the Kingdom Hearts series of video games.

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