Saturday, April 28, 2012
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AKIRA TAKARADA! The Toho star turns 78 on April 29
Here in Japan, the date is April 29th, and this day marks the 78th birthday of Akira Takarada. Mr. Takarada portrayed Hideto Ogata in the original Godzilla movie from 1954 and starred in five other G-films, among other Toho kaiju classics. Mr. Takarada makes his second appearance at Chicago's G-FEST this summer, July 13-15.
I spoke with Mr. Takarada on the phone earlier today, and he plans to celebrate his birthday with a small party. Not a bad way to celebrate the big day at all!
Here's to you, Mr. Takarada!