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Akihiko Hirata
Akihiko Hirata
(平田昭彦, Hirata Akihiko) (December 16, 1927 – July 25, 1984), born Akihiko Onoda (野田昭彦, Onoda Akihiko), was a Japanese film actor. While Hirata starred in many movies (including Hiroshi Inagaki's Samurai trilogy), he is most well known for his work in the kaiju genre, including such films as King Kong
King Kong
vs. Godzilla, The Mysterians, Terror of Mechagodzilla, Godzilla
Godzilla
vs. Mechagodzilla, and his most famous role of Dr. Daisuke Serizawa, the brilliant but disturbed young scientist in the original Godzilla, released in 1954.[1] Hirata was married to the popular actress Yoshiko Kuga
Yoshiko Kuga
from 1961 until his death. He died after a long battle with lung cancer in 1984, at age 56.[2]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Death 4 Selected filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television

5 References

Early life[edit] Hirata was born in Seoul, Korea, in 1927, into a wealthy family. He was educated at the prestigious Tokyo University's School of Interior Design. Before joining Shintoho as an assistant director (under his older brother, Yoshiki Onoda), Hirata moved into still photography, and eventually joined Toho
Toho
in 1953, under the studio's "New Face" program, which would lead to his casting in Godzilla
Godzilla
(although Hirata was originally intended for the part of Ogata, eventually played by another genre regular, Akira Takarada). Career[edit] Hirata's film debut came in 1953, with The Last Embrace. Hirata would go on to play everything from snarling villains to government officials. His long face and intense features have earned the actor a cult following. Although Hirata earned lasting fame with his part in Godzilla, the role also typecast him, and the actor would go on to star in over 20 other sci-fi fantasy films for Toho
Toho
(among them The H-Man, Gorath, and Prophecies of Nostradamus, as well as an important recurring role in the original Ultraman
Ultraman
series. It is fitting that in both his first and final appearances in a Godzilla
Godzilla
film, Hirata would play mysterious and disturbed scientists, as Hirata took on the role of the tragic Dr. Mafune in 1975's Terror of Mechagodzilla. Death[edit] Hirata died in 1984. The actor's association with the kaiju genre continued right until his death, as he helped announce the production of The Return of Godzilla
The Return of Godzilla
at a Tokyo press conference, but unfortunately Hirata was too ill to appear in the film, and the part would eventually go to Yosuke Natsuki, who had appeared alongside Hirata in Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
in 1964. Hirata died on the 25th of July, 1984, after a long battle with lung cancer. Selected filmography[edit] Film[edit]

The Last Embrace (1953) Girls Amongst the Flowers (1953) Even the Mighty Shed Tears (1953) Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954) as Seijuro Yoshioka Godzilla
Godzilla
(1954) as Dr. Daisuke Serizawa The Lone Journey
The Lone Journey
(1955) as Horikoshi no Masakichi Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple (1955) as Seijūrō Yoshioka Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956) as Seijūrō Yoshioka Rodan
Rodan
(1956) as Professor Kyouichiro Kashiwagi The Mysterians
The Mysterians
(1957) as Ryōichi Shiraishi The H-Man
The H-Man
(1958) as Inspector Tominaga Varan the Unbelievable
Varan the Unbelievable
(1958) as Dr. Fujimura Submarine I-57 Will Not Surrender (1959) The Secret of the Telegian
The Secret of the Telegian
(1960) as Detective Kobayashi Storm Over the Pacific
Storm Over the Pacific
(1960) as an Officer The Story of Osaka Castle (1961) as Hayatonosho (Hayato) Susukida[3] Mothra
Mothra
(1961) as Doctor Gorath
Gorath
(1962) as Spaceshop Otori [J-X Eagle] Captain Endo King Kong vs. Godzilla
King Kong vs. Godzilla
(1962) as Doctor Shigesawa Atragon
Atragon
(1963) as Mu Agent #23 Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
(1964) as Chief Detective Okita 100 Shot, 100 Killed (1965) Ultra Q
Ultra Q
(1967) Ultraman
Ultraman
(1966) Ebirah, Horror of the Deep
Ebirah, Horror of the Deep
(1966) as Red Bamboo Captain Ryuui Ultraseven
Ultraseven
(1967) The Killing Bottles (1967) Son of Godzilla
Son of Godzilla
(1967) as Fujisaki Latitude Zero (1969) as Dr. Sugata; Doctor of Latitude Zero Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
(1974) as Professor Hideto Miyajima Prophecies of Nostradamus (1974) as Environmental Scientist 1 Terror of Mechagodzilla
Terror of Mechagodzilla
(1975) as Dr. Shinji Mafune Daitetsujin 17 (1977) The War in Space
The War in Space
(1977) as Commander Oishi, Japan Defence Forces Port Arthur (1980) as Gaishi Nagaoka Sayonara Jupiter (1984)

Television[edit]

Onihei Hankachō (1975 )

References[edit]

^ A Kaiju
Kaiju
film website, provides details of Hirata's filmography. ^ IMDB biography, fills in some details of Hirata's life. ^ Stuart Galbraith IV (16 May 2008). The Toho
Toho
Studios Story: A History and Complete Filmography. Scarecrow Press. p. 177. ISBN 978-1-4616-7374-3. 

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(1964) Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
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(1964) Invasion of Astro-Monster
Invasion of Astro-Monster
(1965) Ebirah, Horror of the Deep
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(1966) Son of Godzilla
Son of Godzilla
(1967) Destroy All Monsters
Destroy All Monsters
(1968) All Monsters Attack
All Monsters Attack
(1969) Godzilla vs. Hedorah
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(1971) Godzilla vs. Gigan
Godzilla vs. Gigan
(1972) Godzilla vs. Megalon
Godzilla vs. Megalon
(1973) Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
(1974) Terror of Mechagodzilla
Terror of Mechagodzilla
(1975)

Heisei series

The Return of Godzilla
The Return of Godzilla
(1984) Godzilla vs. Biollante
Godzilla vs. Biollante
(1989) Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah
(1991) Godzilla vs. Mothra
Godzilla vs. Mothra
(1992) Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
II (1993) Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla
Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla
(1994) Godzilla vs. Destoroyah
Godzilla vs. Destoroyah
(1995)

Millennium series

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Godzilla 2000
(1999) Godzilla vs. Megaguirus
Godzilla vs. Megaguirus
(2000) Godzilla, Mothra
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and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001) Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla
Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla
(2002) Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003) Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)

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American films

Adaptations

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1985 (1985)

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(1998)

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(2014) Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

Television

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(1961) Gorath
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(1962) Atragon
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(1963) Dogora
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(1964) Frankenstein Conquers the World
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(1965) The War of the Gargantuas
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(1966) King Kong
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