Mr. Huruo Nakajima was born on Jan. 1, 1929, in Yamagata, Japan. He was very young when his country Japan surrendered to their Allies during the World War II, he was only 16Yrs then. When he was 23 he landed his first credited acting role in “Sword for Hire,” in 1952.

Later in 1954 he was given another role in two of Japan’s most famous films of that era which were “Seven Samurai ” which was Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece and “Godzilla “. Hurou Nakajima starred in other monster movies, including “King Kong Returns,” where he had to suit-up as an ape in 1967.

The Godzilla actor Hurou
The Godzilla actor Hurou

Mr Haruo explained how tough it was wearing the ape costume, because after the World War II commodities like rubber was in short supply so the costume was created with ready mixed concrete which weighed 100kilos, as a contract actor for the Japanese studio Toho, he had to wear the suit to play the role and atop it he was given little instructions /directons on how to act as an ape, so he had to learn it his way, so he started researching on zoo animals in Tokyo.

He retired from acting in 1973. Later Toho produced 27 more Godzilla films after Hurou’s first iteration. Hollywood has produced three “Godzilla” movies. The next in the franchise will star Ken Watanabe and would be released in 2019.

His daughter, Sonoe Nakajima, said the cause of his father’s death was pneumonia.

He died at the age of 88 on Monday.

Mr Nakajima in the Godzilla suit
Mr Nakajima in the Godzilla suit

 

Haruo Nakajima and the first Godzilla suit
Haruo Nakajima and the first Godzilla suit

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