Takarada Akira

Akira Takarada

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  • First Name: Akira
  • Family Name: Takarada
  • Native name: 宝田明
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: April 29, 1934
  • Age: 85

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Akira Takarada

Takarada Akira

  • Name: Takarada Akira
  • Native name: 宝田明
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: April 29, 1934
  • Age: 85
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.

Takarada was born in Japan-occupied Korea, and lived for a time in Harbin, China. 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 came to Japan with his family in 1948. He joined Toho as part of their "New Face" program in April 1953. His film debut was with 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 (1958), The Last War (1961), Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965), 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. Takarada made a guest appearance at the fan convention G-Fest XVII in 2010. --Wikipedia
Drama
Year Title # Role Rating
2011 Carnation
Japanese Drama, 2011, 151 eps
Matsuzaka Seizaburou (Support Role)
151
Matsuzaka Seizaburou
Support Role
8.5
2010 Rikon Doukyo
Japanese Drama, 2010, 5 eps
Kawabata Ryuhei (Ep.4) (Guest Role)
5
Kawabata Ryuhei (Ep.4)
Guest Role
0.0
2009 Saka no Ue no Kumo
Japanese Drama, 2009, 13 eps
(Unknown)
13
Unknown
8.6
2007 Benkyo Shiteitai!
Japanese Drama, 2007, 3 eps
Kakuma Heikichi (Support Role)
3
Kakuma Heikichi
Support Role
0.0
2003 Kaettekita Locker no Hanako-san
Japanese Drama, 2003, 20 eps
(Unknown)
20
Unknown
0.0
2002 Locker no Hanako-san
Japanese Drama, 2002, 24 eps
(Support Role)
24
Support Role
0.0
2002 Watashi no Aozora 2002
Japanese Drama, 2002, 8 eps
Murai Jouji (Support Role)
8
Murai Jouji
Support Role
0.0
1993 Shiratori Reiko de Gozaimasu! Season 2
Japanese Drama, 1993, 6 eps
Kichitaro Shiratori [Reiko's father] (Support Role)
6
Kichitaro Shiratori [Reiko's father]
Support Role
7.0
1993 Shiratori Reiko de Gozaimasu! Season 1
Japanese Drama, 1993, 5 eps
Kichitaro Shiratori [Reiko's father] (Support Role)
5
Kichitaro Shiratori [Reiko's father]
Support Role
6.3
1992 Homework
Japanese Drama, 1992, 11 eps
Morita Kousuke (Support Role)
11
Morita Kousuke
Support Role
6.7
1967 Heishiro Kiki Ippatsu
Japanese Drama, 1967, 26 eps
(Support Role)
26
Support Role
0.0
1967 Taiyo no Aitsu
Japanese Drama, 1967, 13 eps
(episode 1) - Appears as the main character's interview partner. (Guest Role)
13
(episode 1) - Appears as the main character's interview partner.
Guest Role
0.0
Movie
Year Title Role Rating
2019 Dance with Me
Japanese Movie, 2019,
Ueda Machin (Support Role)
Ueda Machin
Support Role
8.5
2018 Bridge Over Troubled Water
Japanese Movie, 2018,
CEO Ogata (Support Role)
CEO Ogata
Support Role
0.0
2013 A Sparkle of Life
Japanese Movie, 2013,
Moriguchi Shinji (Support Role)
Moriguchi Shinji
Support Role
10.0
2007 Glory to the Filmmaker!
Japanese Movie, 2007,
(Unknown)
Unknown
7.3
2005 Fantastipo
Japanese Movie, 2005,
Koinobori Kintaro (Support Role)
Koinobori Kintaro
Support Role
7.1
2000 Tales of the Unusual
Japanese Movie, 2000,
Haruomi Manabe {One Snowy Night} (Support Role)
Haruomi Manabe {One Snowy Night}
Support Role
7.1
1997 Woman in Witness Protection
Japanese Movie, 1997,
Police commissioner (Support Role)
Police commissioner
Support Role
6.0
1995 Shiratori Reiko de Gozaimasu!
Japanese Movie, 1995,
Kichitaro Shiratori (Unknown)
Kichitaro Shiratori
Unknown
0.0
1992 Minbo: The Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion
Japanese Movie, 1992,
Kobayashi (Support Role)
Kobayashi
Support Role
7.8
1990 Tales of a Golden Geisha
Japanese Movie, 1990,
Inukai (Support Role)
Inukai
Support Role
6.0
1984 Shinobu no Ashita
Japanese Movie, 1984,
(Main Role)
Main Role
0.0
1969 Fancy Paradise
Japanese Movie, 1969,
(Main Role)
Main Role
0.0
1969 Latitude Zero
Japanese Movie, 1969,
Dr. Ken Tashiro (Support Role)
Dr. Ken Tashiro
Support Role
6.9
1968 Booted Babe, Busted Boss
Japanese Movie, 1968,
Andrew Hoshino (Main Role)
Andrew Hoshino
Main Role
5.0
1967 King Kong Escapes
Japanese Movie, 1967,
Jiro Nomura [Lieutenant Commander] (Support Role)
Jiro Nomura [Lieutenant Commander]
Support Role
6.1
1966 Ebirah, Horror of the Deep
Japanese Movie, 1966,
Yoshimura (Main Role)
Yoshimura
Main Role
6.2
1965 Invasion of the Astro-Monster
Japanese Movie, 1965,
Fuji [Astronaut] (Main Role)
Fuji [Astronaut]
Main Role
7.2
1965 Ironfinger
Japanese Movie, 1965,
Andrew Hoshino (Main Role)
Andrew Hoshino
Main Role
8.5
1964 Mothra vs. Godzilla
Japanese Movie, 1964,
Ichiro Sakai [News Reporter] (Main Role)
Ichiro Sakai [News Reporter]
Main Role
7.2
1962 Chushingura
Japanese Movie, 1962,
Gunbee Takada (Support Role)
Gunbee Takada
Support Role
7.8
1961 The End of Summer
Japanese Movie, 1961,
Teramoto Tadashi (Support Role)
Teramoto Tadashi
Support Role
7.4
1961 The Last War
Japanese Movie, 1961,
Takano (Main Role)
Takano
Main Role
6.6
1960 Daughters, Wives and a Mother
Japanese Movie, 1960,
Reiji Sakanishi (Support Role)
Reiji Sakanishi
Support Role
6.0
1959 The Three Treasures
Japanese Movie, 1959,
Prince Wakatarashi (Support Role)
Prince Wakatarashi
Support Role
8.3
1959 Ankokugai no kaoyaku
Japanese Movie, 1959,
(Support Role)
Support Role
0.0
1958 A Holiday in Tokyo
Japanese Movie, 1958,
George Tanaka (Support Role)
George Tanaka
Support Role
0.0
1955 Half Human
Japanese Movie, 1955,
Iijima Takeshi (Main Role)
Iijima Takeshi
Main Role
6.7
1955 All is Well 2
Japanese Movie, 1955,
(Main Role)
Main Role
0.0
1955 All is Well
Japanese Movie, 1955,
(Main Role)
Main Role
0.0
1954 Godzilla
Japanese Movie, 1954,
Ogata Hideto (Main Role)
Ogata Hideto
Main Role
8.0
Special
Year Title # Role Rating
2015 Keisei Saimin no Otoko - Matsunaga Yasuzaemon
Japanese Special, 2015, 1 eps
Ikeda Shigeaki (Support Role)
1
Ikeda Shigeaki
Support Role
6.5
2014 Cabin Attendant Keiji -New Yorksatsujin Jiken-
Japanese Special, 2014, 1 eps
Shigetoshi Nakano (Support Role)
1
Shigetoshi Nakano
Support Role
6.8
2005 Chichi ni Kanaderu Melody
Japanese Special, 2005, 1 eps
(Support Role)
1
Support Role
0.0
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