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Akira Takarada death: Godzilla star dies aged 87

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Japanese actor Akira Takarada, best known for starring in the original godzillaHe died at the age of 87.

Takarada’s death was announced by Toho Studios, the production company responsible for the seminal 1954 monster film.

No cause of death was announced.

in the godzillaTakarada played Hideto Ogata, a sailor working with the Japan Coast Guard after Godzilla sank a boat.

Toho Studios tweeted: “We are saddened by the passing of Akira Takarada.

“May his memory continue to inspire the lives of many godzilla fans.”

Japanese film actor Akira Takarada

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Takarada also starred in several other films in the Godzilla franchise, including the US re-release Godzilla, king of the monsters1964s Mothra vs Godzilla1992s Godzilla vs Mothra and 2004s Godzilla: Final Wars.

He directed scenes for the 2014 US remake godzilla, which were ultimately excised from the finished film. He can still be seen in the end credits of the film.

The actor has also appeared in a number of other projects including several monster films such as King Kong escapes and Invasion of Astro Monsters.

For the Japanese dub of the hit Disney animation AladdinTakarada provided the voice of Jafar.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/akira-takarada-death-godzilla-age-cause-b2038749.html Akira Takarada death: Godzilla star dies aged 87

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