Akihiko Hirata

Onoda  Akihiko

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  • First Name: Onoda
  • Family Name: Akihiko
  • Native name: 平田昭彦
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: December 16, 1927
  • Died: July 25, 1984

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Onoda  Akihiko

Akihiko Hirata

  • Name: Akihiko Hirata
  • Native name: 平田昭彦
  • Given name: Akihiko Onoda
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: December 16, 1927
  • Died: July 25, 1984
He had an unusual background for an actor: his formal education began in a kindergarten founded by the wartime-era Japanese Imperial Army, and continued in a military academy which was Tokyo's answer to West Point. Upon graduating from Tokyo University (Japan's most prestigious), Hirata confounded many family expectations of him by pursuing a career in acting. His first roles, in EVEN THE MIGHTY SHED TEARS and EMBRACE (1953), brought him to the attention of director Ishiro Honda, who promptly cast Hirata first in his WW2 romance FAREWELL RABAUL (1954) and then, later that year, in the role that would come to define Hirata's career: the tormented, one-eyed scientist Daisuke Serizawa, who alone has figured out a way to destroy the monster GOJIRA. That movie made stars out of all of the younger actors who were fortunate enough to star in it, though Hirata tended more towards second leads and character parts. He was often called the best-known of all actors to appear in Gojira movies (he would turn up in six of the sequels), but this was due as much to his popularity with directors as with his exposure through the monster movies. He was a favorite of directors Ishiro Honda, Jun Fukuda, Hiroshi Inagaki, and much beloved by virtually all the actors who knew him: honest and humorous, highly intellectual but never pretentious. He appeared in literally every kind of movie Toho Studios made, from the monster pictures to samurai dramas (including his one movie for Kurosawa, SANJURO) to war dramas to comedies. Still, he remained identified most directly in the public's mind with the original GOJIRA; his character Serizawa is among the best remembered and most admired in all Japanese films, both inside Japan and out. Hirata was chosen by Toho to announce the monster's return in GOJIRA (1984), and was tapped for a major role; but he died tragically of lung cancer before he could begin shooting.(imdb)
Drama
Year Title # Role Rating
1974 Karei naru ichizoku
Japanese Drama, 1974, 26 eps
Ministry Of Finance Bank Chief Haruta (Support Role)
26
Ministry Of Finance Bank Chief Haruta
Support Role
0.0
1966 Ultraman
Japanese Drama, 1966, 39 eps
Dr. Iwamoto (Support Role)
39
Dr. Iwamoto
Support Role
7.9
Movie
Year Title Role Rating
1996 Revive! Ultraman
Japanese Movie, 1996,
Iwamoto (Support Role)
Iwamoto
Support Role
5.3
1981 Station
Japanese Movie, 1981,
(Support Role)
Support Role
6.0
1977 The War in Space
Japanese Movie, 1977,
Oshi, Defense Countermeasure Supreme Commander (Support Role)
Oshi, Defense Countermeasure Supreme Commander
Support Role
5.4
1975 Terror of Mechagodzilla
Japanese Movie, 1975,
Dr. Shinzô Mafune (Main Role)
Dr. Shinzô Mafune
Main Role
7.1
1974 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Japanese Movie, 1974,
Professor Hideto Miyajima (Support Role)
Professor Hideto Miyajima
Support Role
7.2
1969 Latitude Zero
Japanese Movie, 1969,
Dr. Sugata (Support Role)
Dr. Sugata
Support Role
6.9
1967 Son of Godzilla
Japanese Movie, 1967,
Fujisaki (Support Role)
Fujisaki
Support Role
6.6
1966 Ebirah, Horror of the Deep
Japanese Movie, 1966,
Captain Yamoto (Support Role)
Captain Yamoto
Support Role
6.2
1966 Adventure in Kigan Castle
Japanese Movie, 1966,
Chamberlain (Support Role)
Chamberlain
Support Role
7.0
1965 Ironfinger
Japanese Movie, 1965,
Komori (Support Role)
Komori
Support Role
8.5
1965 Samurai Assassin
Japanese Movie, 1965,
Sohei Masui (Support Role)
Sohei Masui
Support Role
8.5
1964 Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
Japanese Movie, 1964,
Chief Detective Okita (Support Role)
Chief Detective Okita
Support Role
7.3
1963 The Elegant Life of Mr. Everyman
Japanese Movie, 1963,
(Support Role)
Support Role
8.2
1963 Chintao Yousai Bakugeki Meirei
Japanese Movie, 1963,
Flight Lieutenant Yoshikawa (Support Role)
Flight Lieutenant Yoshikawa
Support Role
0.0
1962 King Kong vs. Godzilla
Japanese Movie, 1962,
Dr. Shigezawa (Support Role)
Dr. Shigezawa
Support Role
6.6
1962 Gorath
Japanese Movie, 1962,
Endô - Captain of Ôtori (Support Role)
Endô - Captain of Ôtori
Support Role
7.0
1961 Daredevil in the Castle
Japanese Movie, 1961,
Hayatonosho 'Hayato' Susukida (Support Role)
Hayatonosho 'Hayato' Susukida
Support Role
8.0
1960 The Secret of the Telegian
Japanese Movie, 1960,
Det. Kobayashi (Main Role)
Det. Kobayashi
Main Role
6.3
1959 The Three Treasures
Japanese Movie, 1959,
Kibino Takehito (Support Role)
Kibino Takehito
Support Role
8.3
1959 Submarine I-57 Will Not Surrender
Japanese Movie, 1959,
Lieutenant Nakazawa [Military doctor] (Support Role)
Lieutenant Nakazawa [Military doctor]
Support Role
0.0
1959 Ankokugai no kaoyaku
Japanese Movie, 1959,
(Unknown)
Unknown
0.0
1958 H-Man
Japanese Movie, 1958,
Inspector Tominaga (Main Role)
Inspector Tominaga
Main Role
6.7
1957 The Mysterians
Japanese Movie, 1957,
Ryoichi Shiraishi (Support Role)
Ryoichi Shiraishi
Support Role
6.9
1956 Rodan
Japanese Movie, 1956,
Professor KYUichiro Kashiwagi (biology) (Support Role)
Professor KYUichiro Kashiwagi (biology)
Support Role
7.2
1956 Rainy Night Duel
Japanese Movie, 1956,
Shunsuke Iba (Support Role)
Shunsuke Iba
Support Role
0.0
1955 Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple
Japanese Movie, 1955,
Seijuro Yoshioka (Support Role)
Seijuro Yoshioka
Support Role
8.3
1954 Godzilla
Japanese Movie, 1954,
Dr. Serizawa (Main Role)
Dr. Serizawa
Main Role
7.9
1954 Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto
Japanese Movie, 1954,
Seijuro Yoshioka (Main Role)
Seijuro Yoshioka
Main Role
8.0
1954 Farewell Rabaul
Japanese Movie, 1954,
Noguchi (Support Role)
Noguchi
Support Role
3.5
1953 The Last Embrace
Japanese Movie, 1953,
Yamaoka / Sandaime (Support Role)
Yamaoka / Sandaime
Support Role
0.0
Articles
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