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Trying to round up some names of Toho old timers who haven't yet left us for a death watch list. Godzilla's, Rodan's & King Ghidorah's all welcome.

 

Katsumi Tezuka - Played monsters in several films including Godzilla (born August 31st 1912)

Shoichi Hirose- Played King Ghidorah (born June 23rd 1918) - Possibly Living

Riichiro Manabe - Music Composer for Toho (born November 9th 1924)

Hiroshi Koizumi - Actor in a spate of Monster films - (born August 12th 1926)

Kazuo Kumakura - Toho voice actor - (born January 30th 1927)

Yoshio Tsuchiya - Actor known for several Toho Monster flicks - (born May 18th 1927)

Haruo Nakajima - First man to play Godzilla (born 1st January 1929)

Rhodes Reason - King Kong Escapes leading man (born April 19th 1930)

Kyoko Kagawa - Mothra Heroine (born 5 December 1931)

Koji Furuhate - Played Frankenstein's Monster (born in 1933)

Akira Takarda - Godzilla leading man (born April 29th 1934)

Goro Mutsumi - Mechazilla star (born September 11th 1934)

Teruyoshi - Special Effects Artist (born October 1st 1935)

Akira Kubo - Destroy All Monsters lead (born December 1st 1936)

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Yoshimitsu Banno who Directed Godzilla vs the Smog Monster and is listed as a Producer on the Godzilla film that is supposed to be released in 2014 is still alive. Not sure of his age as neither imdb or wikipedia lists it. Since he was assistant Director on a lot of Akira Kurosawa films will definitely get a Guardian Obit.

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Some idle wikiiing turned up a few more:

 

Kaoru Yachigusa (6 January 1931) - actress, played Fujichiyo Kasuga, Master of Japanese dance Nichibu in "The Human Vapor" [a/k/a "Gas Human No. 1"] (1960)

 

Kenji Sahara a/k/a Masayoshi Kato (14 May 1932) - actor, played Shigeru Kawamura in "Rodan" (1956), numerous other Toho roles, most recently in "Godzilla: Final Wars" (2004)

 

Yû Sekida (17 November 1932) - actor, several Toho monster roles (including Gorosaurus, Ebirah, Mechani-Kong), one of three actors to play Godzilla in "Son of Godzilla" (1967)

 

Isao Matsuoka (18 December 1934) - Chairman of Toho Co., Ltd.

 

Russ Tamblyn (30 December 1934) - actor, played Dr. Paul Stewart in "The War of the Gargantuas" (1966)

 

Yumi Shirakawa (21 November 1936) - actress, played Kiyo in "Rodan" (1956)

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Trying to round up some names of Toho old timers who haven't yet left us for a death watch list. Godzilla's, Rodan's & King Ghidorah's all welcome.

 

Katsumi Tezuka - Played monsters in several films including Godzilla (born August 31st 1912)

Shoichi Hirose- Played King Ghidorah (born June 23rd 1918) - Possibly Living

Riichiro Manabe - Music Composer for Toho (born November 9th 1924)

Hiroshi Koizumi - Actor in a spate of Monster films - (born August 12th 1926)

Kazuo Kumakura - Toho voice actor - (born January 30th 1927)

Yoshio Tsuchiya - Actor known for several Toho Monster flicks - (born May 18th 1927)

Haruo Nakajima - First man to play Godzilla (born 1st January 1929)

Rhodes Reason - King Kong Escapes leading man (born April 19th 1930)

Kyoko Kagawa - Mothra Heroine (born 5 December 1931)

Koji Furuhata - Played Frankenstein's Monster (born in 1933)

Akira Takarada - Godzilla leading man (born April 29th 1934)

Goro Mutsumi - Mechazilla star (born September 11th 1934)

Teruyoshi Nakano - Special Effects Artist (born October 1st 1935)

Akira Kubo - Destroy All Monsters lead (born December 1st 1936)

Hiroshi Koizumi, dies at 88, pneumonia. http://www.scified.com/site/we-all-wear-suits---japanese-sci-fi--fantasy/hiroshi-koizumi-passes-away-at-88

 

Edit: HR: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/godzilla-actor-hiroshi-koizumi-dies-800003 and BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-33004198

 

Updating the list, Rhodes Reason died 26 December 2014. http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/83737/rest-peace-rhodes-reason/

 

Riichiro Manabe died 29 January 2015. http://www.mst3kinfo.com/?p=19380

 

Everyone else alive as far as I can tell.

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Trying to round up some names of Toho old timers who haven't yet left us for a death watch list. Godzilla's, Rodan's & King Ghidorah's all welcome.

 

Katsumi Tezuka - Played monsters in several films including Godzilla (born August 31st 1912)

Shoichi Hirose- Played King Ghidorah (born June 23rd 1918) - Possibly Living

Riichiro Manabe - Music Composer for Toho (born November 9th 1924)

Hiroshi Koizumi - Actor in a spate of Monster films - (born August 12th 1926)

Kazuo Kumakura - Toho voice actor - (born January 30th 1927)

Yoshio Tsuchiya - Actor known for several Toho Monster flicks - (born May 18th 1927)

Haruo Nakajima - First man to play Godzilla (born 1st January 1929)

Rhodes Reason - King Kong Escapes leading man (born April 19th 1930)

Kyoko Kagawa - Mothra Heroine (born 5 December 1931)

Koji Furuhate - Played Frankenstein's Monster (born in 1933)

Akira Takarda - Godzilla leading man (born April 29th 1934)

Goro Mutsumi - Mechazilla star (born September 11th 1934)

Teruyoshi - Special Effects Artist (born October 1st 1935)

Akira Kubo - Destroy All Monsters lead (born December 1st 1936)

 

Can't find a translated link, but it has been reported that Kazuo Kumakura has died at 88 from rectal cancer. http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20151016-00000086-dal-ent (Japanese link).

 

Also known as the dubbing voice of Poirot in Agatha Christie's Poirot, Max in Hart To Hart, and Dr Zachary Smith in Lost In Space.

 

More on his voice work for Disney and others here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazuo_Kumakura

 

Edit: English language Obit: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-10-16/gegege-no-kitaro-theme-song-singer-kazuo-kumakura-passes-away/.94290

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Some idle wikiiing turned up a few more:

 

Kaoru Yachigusa (6 January 1931) - actress, played Fujichiyo Kasuga, Master of Japanese dance Nichibu in "The Human Vapor" [a/k/a "Gas Human No. 1"] (1960)

 

Kenji Sahara a/k/a Masayoshi Kato (14 May 1932) - actor, played Shigeru Kawamura in "Rodan" (1956), numerous other Toho roles, most recently in "Godzilla: Final Wars" (2004)

 

Yû Sekida (17 November 1932) - actor, several Toho monster roles (including Gorosaurus, Ebirah, Mechani-Kong), one of three actors to play Godzilla in "Son of Godzilla" (1967)

 

Isao Matsuoka (18 December 1934) - Chairman of Toho Co., Ltd.

 

Russ Tamblyn (30 December 1934) - actor, played Dr. Paul Stewart in "The War of the Gargantuas" (1966)

 

Yumi Shirakawa (21 November 1936) - actress, played Kiyo in "Rodan" (1956)

 

Report of the death of Yumi Shirakawa aged 79 of heart failure: https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.daily.co.jp%2Fnewsflash%2Fgossip%2F2016%2F06%2F15%2F0009188677.shtml&edit-text=

 

Edit: English language obit: http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/171733/rest-peace-yumi-shirakawa/

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On ‎3‎/‎19‎/‎2013 at 18:17, CaptainChorizo said:

Yoshimitsu Banno who Directed Godzilla vs the Smog Monster and is listed as a Producer on the Godzilla film that is supposed to be released in 2014 is still alive. Not sure of his age as neither imdb or wikipedia lists it. Since he was assistant Director on a lot of Akira Kurosawa films will definitely get a Guardian Obit.

Report that Yoshimitsu Banno has died aged 86.

 

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On ‎3‎/‎19‎/‎2013 at 16:53, dean1991 said:

Trying to round up some names of Toho old timers who haven't yet left us for a death watch list. Godzilla's, Rodan's & King Ghidorah's all welcome.

 

Haruo Nakajima - First man to play Godzilla (born 1st January 1929)

 

Death reported: https://www.sfsite.com/news/2017/08/07/obituary-haruo-nakajima/

 

Edit: List of the Missed: http://www.derbydeadpool.co.uk/deadpool2015/celebs_N.html#nakajh

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On 19/03/2013 at 16:53, dean1991 said:

Trying to round up some names of Toho old timers who haven't yet left us for a death watch list. Godzilla's, Rodan's & King Ghidorah's all welcome.

 

Katsumi Tezuka - Played monsters in several films including Godzilla (born August 31st 1912)

Shoichi Hirose- Played King Ghidorah (born June 23rd 1918) - Possibly Living

Riichiro Manabe - Music Composer for Toho (born November 9th 1924)

Hiroshi Koizumi - Actor in a spate of Monster films - (born August 12th 1926)

Kazuo Kumakura - Toho voice actor - (born January 30th 1927)

Yoshio Tsuchiya - Actor known for several Toho Monster flicks - (born May 18th 1927)

Haruo Nakajima - First man to play Godzilla (born 1st January 1929)

Rhodes Reason - King Kong Escapes leading man (born April 19th 1930)

Kyoko Kagawa - Mothra Heroine (born 5 December 1931)

Koji Furuhate - Played Frankenstein's Monster (born in 1933)

Akira Takarda - Godzilla leading man (born April 29th 1934)

Goro Mutsumi - Mechazilla star (born September 11th 1934)

Teruyoshi Nakano - Special Effects Artist (born October 1st 1935)

Akira Kubo - Destroy All Monsters lead (born December 1st 1936)

Yoshio Tsuchiya (IMDb) has died aged 90.

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Hmmmm. Instantly recognisable from the Seven Samurai. Vaughan last of the 7 from the remake, so was surprised an original main actor was alive.

 

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On ‎3‎/‎19‎/‎2013 at 16:53, dean1991 said:

Trying to round up some names of Toho old timers who haven't yet left us for a death watch list. Godzilla's, Rodan's & King Ghidorah's all welcome.

 

Shoichi Hirose- Played King Ghidorah (born June 23rd 1918) - Possibly Living

 

Interestingly, Wiki now has Shoichi Hirose dead sometime after 1990: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoichi_Hirose

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On 19/03/2013 at 17:53, dean1991 said:

Trying to round up some names of Toho old timers who haven't yet left us for a death watch list. Godzilla's, Rodan's & King Ghidorah's all welcome.

 

Katsumi Tezuka - Played monsters in several films including Godzilla (born August 31st 1912)

Shoichi Hirose- Played King Ghidorah (born June 23rd 1918) - Possibly Living

Riichiro Manabe - Music Composer for Toho (born November 9th 1924)

Hiroshi Koizumi - Actor in a spate of Monster films - (born August 12th 1926)

Kazuo Kumakura - Toho voice actor - (born January 30th 1927)

Yoshio Tsuchiya - Actor known for several Toho Monster flicks - (born May 18th 1927)

Haruo Nakajima - First man to play Godzilla (born 1st January 1929)

Rhodes Reason - King Kong Escapes leading man (born April 19th 1930)

Kyoko Kagawa - Mothra Heroine (born 5 December 1931)

Koji Furuhate - Played Frankenstein's Monster (born in 1933)

Akira Takarda - Godzilla leading man (born April 29th 1934)

Goro Mutsumi - Mechazilla star (born September 11th 1934)

Teruyoshi - Special Effects Artist (born October 1st 1935)

Akira Kubo - Destroy All Monsters lead (born December 1st 1936)

There are no proofs Tezuka is alive. Japanese wiki adfirms last sightings of him were in the 1960s. American newspapers celebrating his birthday take the date from Wiki, but surely did not verify. I think he has been dead for a looong time....

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1 hour ago, drol said:

There are no proofs Tezuka is alive. Japanese wiki adfirms last sightings of him were in the 1960s. American newspapers celebrating his birthday take the date from Wiki, but surely did not verify. I think he has been dead for a looong time....

 

Yeah, I think an 106-year-old who once portrayed Godzilla would have been noticed beyond cut-and-paste happy birthday lists.

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23 hours ago, drol said:

There are no proofs Tezuka is alive. Japanese wiki adfirms last sightings of him were in the 1960s. American newspapers celebrating his birthday take the date from Wiki, but surely did not verify. I think he has been dead for a looong time....


Everyone celebrated Katsumi's 106th birthday, and all I got was this lousy t-shirt.

 

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Will have a refresh of those names & add new additions tonight

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