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Akihiko Hirata

Highest Rated: 93% Godzilla (1954)

Lowest Rated: 43% Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)

Birthday: Dec 26, 1927

Birthplace: Kyogo, South Korea

Akihiko Hirata was a prolific film and television actor most famous for his role as the tragic scientist in "Godzilla." Hirata initially had no interest in acting, instead choosing to study interior design at the prestigious Tokyo University. After developing an interest in still photography, he was introduced to the world of filmmaking by his older brother Yoshiki Onoda, who worked as assistant director at the famed Shintoho movie studio. Hirata soon followed him into directing and eventually landed a job at Toho, a Japanese film production company best known for releasing monster and special effects films. He made his film debut in 1953 with a role in the disaster film "Hoyo," and the following year he landed his most famous role, as tormented scientist Daisuke Serizawa-hakase in the global phenomenon "Godzilla." Though he was forever identified with "Godzilla" and his other monster films "Gorath," "Rodan," and "Mothra," Hirata also appeared in many samurai films, most notably in Hiroshi Inagaki's "Samurai" trilogy. In 1966 he landed a recurring role on the sci-fi series "Ultraman" and reprised his role in the 1967 film adaptation. During the '60s and '70s he appeared in a variety of comedic and dramatic roles for such prominent Japanese film directors as Akira Kurosawa, Ishiro Honda and Jun Fukuda.

Highest rated movies

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Godzilla, King of the Monsters!
Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster
Son of Godzilla
King Kong vs. Godzilla




43% 60% Terror of Mechagodzilla Dr. ShinzĂ´ Mafune (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Days of Planet Earth Environmental Scientist 1 (Character) - 1975
86% 62% Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla Professor Hideto Miyajima (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 77% Japan's Longest Day Unknown (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Adventure in Kigan Castle Chamberlain (Character) - 1968
60% 30% Son of Godzilla Fujisaki (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 71% The Ultra Man Professor Iwamoto (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet 10,000 Miles of Stormy Seas Nozaki (Character) - 1966
75% 59% Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster Chief Detective Okita (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ironfinger Komori (Character) - 1965
50% 56% King Kong vs. Godzilla Dr. Shigezawa (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Elegant Life of Mr. Everyman Unknown (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 50% Gorath EndĂ´ (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Merciless Trap Morishima (Character) - 1961
80% 61% Mothra Doctor (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Secret of the Telegian Det. Kobayashi (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mysterians Ryoichi Shiraishi (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 51% Mysterians Unknown (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Samurai Saga Akaboshi (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 38% The H-Man Inspector Tominaga (Character) - 1958
73% 57% Rodan Professor KYUichiro Kashiwagi (Character) - 1957
83% 73% Godzilla, King of the Monsters! Dr. Serizawa (Character) $148.9K 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Samurai 2 Seijuro Yoshioka (Character) - 1956
93% 89% Godzilla Dr. Daisuke Serizawa (Character) - 1954