Haruo Nakajima

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Haruo Nakajima
Haruo Nakajima
Character(s) Played Godzilla, Invisible Man Akita, Meganulon, Rodan, Moguera, Varan, Transitional Human Vapor, Mothra, Maguma, Matango, Baragon, Gaira, King Kong, Griffon, Giant Rat, Bat Person, Gezora, Ganimes, numerous bit parts
Birthday January 1, 1929
Birthplace Yamagata Prefecture, Japan
First Work Godzilla (1954)
Notable Work Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
Inside the Godzilla suit, it was very dark, lonely, and isolated. Usually the person who wears the suit becomes nervous and anxious. During summertime it’s very hot, it can become hell in there. But Mr. Nakajima always persevered. He acted in the suit underwater, he was buried underground, he withstood pyrotechnic explosions… and through it all he was always Godzilla. „ 

Teruyoshi Nakano on Haruo Nakajima

Haruo Nakajima (中島春雄,   Nakajima Haruo?) is a retired Japanese actor and stuntman, most famous for playing Godzilla in the character's first twelve films from 1954 to 1972. During that time, he appeared in nearly every one of Toho's science-fiction films, either as a monster, an extra, or both. He retired from suit acting in 1972, several years after the death of Eiji Tsuburaya, who was a close friend of Nakajima as well as the special effects director for most of Toho's kaiju films in the Showa era. In 2010, he published an autobiography titled Kaiju Life.[1]

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  • Nakajima's only serious injury sustained while playing a kaiju took place during the filming of Varan, when an exploding truck burned his stomach.[2]

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