Original “Godzilla” Actor Dies…


He waded out of the Pacific Ocean in 1954, and into cinematic history.  He was one of the great ones, in every sense of the word.  And now it is with regret that I report that the original actor to play Godzilla has died of pneumonia at the age of 88…

Haruo Nakajima played Godzilla in twelve films, his last outing in 1972’s Godzilla vs. Gigan.  To prepare for the original role, Nakajima went to the Tokyo zoo to study the movements of elephants and bears, believing that Godzilla had to move convincingly to avoid being a farce.  The suit that he wore weighed up to 220 lbs. as it was crafted in part of ready-mixed concrete.  Stomping among miniaturized sets, Nakajima suffered for his art as wearing the suit caused him to sweat terribly.

Nakajima began his movie career in samurai and war movies before becoming a monster movie icon.  Not limited to one role, Nakajima also played Rodan, Mothra (my personal favorite), and King Kong! – – Thank you, Haruo, for bringing the King of the Monsters to life!  

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One Comment on “Original “Godzilla” Actor Dies…”

  1. carycomic Says:

    I’m sad to hear about this gentleman’s passing. My favorite Showa-era daikaiju film was DESTROY ALL MONSTERS. The Toho monster-bash that featured almost literally everybody! Plus, those Kilaks in their human form were–I have to admit–very easy on the eyes.

    Sayonara, Nakajima-san…and domo arigato!


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