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Akihiko Hirata



With appearances in over 125 movies and television shows, Akihiko Hirata was a busy working actor for over three decades, but he remained best known for a role he played at the outset of his career, in Ishiro Honda's Gojira (1954) (better known in the United States and the rest of the world as Godzilla, King of the Monsters). Born Akihiko Onoda in Kyogo, Korea in 1927, he was educated for a career in the army. But the timing of his birth (and coming-of-age in postwar Japan) put a military career out of reach, and his own preference seems to have carried him in the direction of an acting career. His early career included an important role in Ishiro Honda's World War II romance Farewell Rabaul (1954), and he distinguished himself sufficiently enough to earn a prominent role in Honda's next movie, Gojira (1954). An unprecedented spectacle film in the then-unusual genre of science fiction, Gojira was a huge undertaking, built upon outsized special effects (for the time) and a serious drama at its core. Hirata had the key role of Dr. Daisuke Serizawa, the brilliant, enigmatic young physicist who finds that he holds the fate of the world in his hands twice over. His portrayal of the conscience-stricken Serizawa was among the more memorable acting contributions to the movie, even working alongside the likes of such acting veterans as Takashi Shimura. The movie proved a huge hit in Japan and went on to find unprecedented success in the rest of the world during the second half of the 1950s, after it was re-edited and adapted as Godzilla, King of the Monsters. Hirata subsequently appeared in numerous movies of all genres (including such acclaimed art-house favorites as Samurai 3: Duel at Ganryu Island), but he became most well-known for his work in giant-monster and science-fiction films, such as Rodan (1956), The Mysterians (1957), The H-Man (1958), and Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975), many of them directed by Honda. Hirata died of lung cancer in 1984 at age 56.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Sayonara Jupiter
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet The War in Space
  • Defense Countermeasure Supreme Commander Oshi
1977
No Score Yet Terror of Mechagodzilla
  • Dr. Shinji Mufane
1975
67% Godzilla Vs Mechagodzilla
  • Professor Hideto Miyajima
1974
No Score Yet Latitude Zero (Atragon II) (Ido zero daisakusen)
  • Dr. Sugata
1969
No Score Yet Japan's Longest Day
  • Actor
1968
63% Son of Godzilla
  • Fujisaki
1967
No Score Yet Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster
  • Red Bamboo Captain Eyepatch
1966
No Score Yet Atragon (Kaitei gunkan) (Atoragon: Flying Supersub)
  • Mu Agent #23
1965
No Score Yet Ghidorah: The Three Headed Monster
  • Chief Det. Okita
1964
No Score Yet Gorath
  • Endo
1964
33% King Kong vs. Godzilla
  • Premier Shigezawa
1963
100% Sanjuro (Tsubaki Sanjûrô)
  • Young Samurai
1963
No Score Yet Atragon
  • Actor
1963
No Score Yet Varan the Unbelievable
  • Observer
1962
73% Mothra
  • Doctor
1961
No Score Yet Secret of Telegian
  • Actor
1961
No Score Yet Mysterians
  • Ryoichi Schiraishi
1959
No Score Yet The H-Man (Bijo to Ekitainingen)
  • Tominaga
1959
70% Rodan
  • Dr. Kashiwagi
1956
83% Godzilla, King of the Monsters!
  • Dr. Daisuke Serizawa
1956
93% Gojira
  • Dr. Daisuke Serizawa
1956
No Score Yet Zoku Miyamoto Musashi: Ichijôji no Kettô (Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple) (Swords of Doom)
  • Seijuro Yoshioka
1955
No Score Yet Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto
  • Seijuro Yoshioka
1954

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