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Akira Takarada (宝田 明, Takarada Akira, April 29, 1934) is a Japanese film actor who is most known in the west for his roles in the Godzilla film series.

Contents

1 Life and career 2 Roles

2.1 Selected Filmography 2.2 Television

2.2.1 Television drama

2.3 Dubbing roles

2.3.1 Live action 2.3.2 Animation

2.4 Video games 2.5 Stage productions 2.6 Other

3 References 4 Bibliography

Life and career[edit] Takarada was born in Japan-occupied Korea, and lived for a time in Harbin, China.[1] His father worked as an engineer on the South Manchuria Railway. After the war, he remained in Harbin, and he is able to speak Mandarin Chinese and English. Takarada moved to Japan with his family in 1948. He joined Toho as part of their "New Face" program in April 1953.[1] In his film debut, he had a small role in And Then the Liberty Bell Rang, a biography of the educator Fukuzawa Yukichi.[1] His big break came when he was cast as navy diver Hideto Ogata in the original Godzilla (1954). He became a popular actor at Toho for his good looks and charismatic, sophisticated character. He continued his association with the Godzilla series in Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964), Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965), and Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966). He returned to the series in 1992 with Godzilla vs. Mothra and appeared again in Godzilla: Final Wars (2004). Other Toho science-fiction/special-effects films in which he appeared include Half Human (1955), The Last War (1961), King Kong Escapes (1967), and Latitude Zero (1969). Toho prepared a musical production of Gone with the Wind with Broadway composer-lyricist Harold Rome for its new Teigeki theater in 1970. Entitled Scarlett, Takarada was originally scheduled to play the role of Rhett Butler. However, injuries sustained in an accident in which he fell off a bulldozer while filming prevented him from participating in this stage production.[2] Takarada made a guest appearance at the fan convention G-Fest XVII in 2010, and once more at G-Fest XIX in July 2012.[citation needed] On March 27, 2013, Takarada posed for publicity photographs with director Gareth Edwards on the set of the Legendary/Warner Bros Godzilla reboot, suggesting a cameo of sorts in the new movie. His scenes were filmed, but ultimately cut from the movie. He is still listed in the movie credits. Roles[edit] Selected Filmography[edit]

Year Title[3] Role Notes

1954 Godzilla Hideto Ogata

1955 Half Human Takeshi Iijima

1956 Romantic Daughters Kubota

1957 Ōatari Sanshoku Musume narrator

Aoi Sanmyaku Tamao Memata

A Rainbow Plays in My Heart Tatsuo Itō

1958 A Holiday in Tokyo

1959 The Birth of Japan Prince Wakatarashi

Life of an Expert Swordsman

1960 Hawaii Midway Daikai Kūsan: Taiheiyō Noarashi Communications officer

1961 The Last War Takano

Kohayagawa-ke no aki Tadashi Teramoto

1962 A Wanderer's Notebook Kō Fukuchi

1964 Mothra vs. Godzilla News Reporter Ichirō Sakai

1965 Invasion of Astro-Monster Astronaut K. Fuji

1966 Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster Yoshimura

1967 King Kong Escapes Lieutenant Commander Jirō Nomura

1968 Fancy Paradise Kō Maeno

1969 Latitude Zero Doctor Ken Tashirō

1990 Tales of a Golden Geisha Inukai

1992 Minbo

General Manager Kobayashi

Godzilla vs. Mothra Jōji Minamino

1997 Marutai no Onna Police commissioner

2004 Godzilla: Final Wars Natarō Daigo

2005 Fantastipo Kintarō Koinobori

2007 Glory to the Filmmaker!

2014 Godzilla

Deleted scene

2018 Ashita ni Kakeru Hashi

Television[edit] Television drama[edit]

Shiratori Reiko de Gozaimasu! (1993) (Shōtarō Hakuchō) Tokugawa Yoshinobu (1998) (Takatsukasa Masamichi) Watashi no Aozora (2000) (Jōji Murai) Shōtoku Taishi (2001) (Mononobe no Moriya) Rokkā no Hanako-san (2002) (Kaichō Tatsumi) Saka no Ue no Kumo (2009) (Fujino Susumu) Carnation (2011) (Seizaburō Matsuzaka) Keisei Saimin no Otoko Part 3 (2015) (Ikeda Shigeaki)

Dubbing roles[edit] Live action[edit]

The Ambushers (Matt Helm) Doctor Dolittle (Doctor Dolittle) Murderers' Row (Matt Helm)

Animation[edit]

Aladdin (Jafar)[4]

The Return of Jafar[5]

Disney's House of Mouse (Ratigan, Jafar) Disney's The Great Mouse Detective (Ratigan)[6] Star Wars Rebels Season 3 (Bendu)[7]

Video games[edit]

Adventure of Tokyo Disney Sea ~Losing of Jewel's Secret (Jafar) Kingdom Hearts (Jafar) Kingdom Hearts II (Jafar)

Stage productions[edit]

My Fair Lady South Pacific

Other[edit]

Tokyo Disneyland attraction: Country Bear Jamboree (Henry)

References[edit]

^ a b c d e Ryfle, Steve (1998). "Akira Takarada: Mr. Handsome". Japan's favorite mon-star: the unauthorized biography of "The Big G". Miami: ECW Press. pp. 94–95. ISBN 1-55022-348-8.  ^ Rome, Florence (1971). The Scarlett Letters. New York: Random House. ISBN 0-394-46171-1. , p.154. ^ Filmography: "AKIRA TAKARADA". Complete Index to World Film. Retrieved 2010-01-29. , Akira Takarada on IMDb, 宝田明 たからだ・あきら (in Japanese). allcinema.net. Retrieved 2010-01-29. , 宝田明 (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Archived from the original on 6 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-29. , and 宝田明( 出演 ) (in Japanese). Kinema Junpo. Retrieved 2010-01-29.  ^ disney-studio.jp Aladdin DVD ^ disney-studio.jp The Return of Jafar DVD ^ disney-studio.jp Olivia-chan no Daibōken(The Great Mouse Detective) BD/DVD ^ [1]

Bibliography[edit]

"AKIRA TAKARADA". Complete Index to World Film. Retrieved 2010-01-29.  Akira Takarada on IMDb Ryfle, Steve (1998). "Akira Takarada: Mr. Handsome". Japan's favorite mon-star: the unauthorized biography of "The Big G". Miami: ECW Press. pp. 94–95. ISBN 1-55022-348-8.  宝田明 たからだ・あきら (in Japanese). allcinema.net. Retrieved 2010-01-29.  宝田明 (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Archived from the original on 6 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-29.  宝田明( 出演 ) (in Japanese). Kinema Junpo. Retrieved 2010-01-29. 

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 27267639 LCCN: no00004280 ISNI: 0000 0001 1469 5956 SUDOC: 074102540 BNF: cb14041621d (data) NDL: 00150

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