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Original Godzilla suit actor, Haruo Nakajima, passes away at 88

Original Godzilla suit actor, Haruo Nakajima, passes away at 88

Haruo Nakajima, the man who performed inside the original Godzilla bodysuit has died. The film was co-written by the legendary director Akira Kurosawa, who later gave the actor minor roles in his classics Throne of Blood, Seven Samurai and Yojimbo.

On that note, may Haruo Nakajima, the classic Godzilla suit actor of 24 years, rest in peace following his death at the age of 88.

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In addition to convention appearances, Nakajima provided numerous interesting details about his experiences inside and outside of the famous costume in various documentaries and interviews. Having started an independent special effects studio in 1963, Tsuyubara called upon Nakajima when he made the move to television. He went on to play the iconic monster in 11 sequels. In 2010, he published an autobiography, entitled Monster Life: Haruo Nakajima, the Original Godzilla Actor. Though he retained employment with the company for some years thereafter, he spent the remainder of his professional career working at a bowling alley located on the studio lot.

Enjoy this little silent home movie of Nakajima putting the suit on one last time for a promotional photoshoot in the early '80s. On top of the original 1954 film, Nakajima appeared as Godzilla in Godzilla Raids Again, King Kong vs. Godzilla, Mothra vs. Godzilla, Ghidorah: the Three-Headed Monster, Invasion of the Astro-Monster, Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster, Son of Godzilla, Destroy All Monsters, All Monsters Attack, Godzilla vs. Hedorah, and Godzilla vs. Gigan.

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While casual viewers rarely ever think about the performer inside of the suit of a famous monster, horror fans have historically shown a great deal of love for all masked madmen and rubber creatures.

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