Actor Tetsuro Sagawa, who played the role of Captain Goro Ryu on Ultraman Ace (1972-73), passed away on February 17 at an assisted living facility in Tokyo due to ALS. He was 84 years old.
Born Tadataka Katsuno on January 22, 1937, in Tateyama City, Chiba Prefecture, Sagawa made his television debut in 1963. Prior to his involvement in the Ultra-series, he appeared in episode 32 of The Space Giants (1966-67). Apart from his regular role on Ultraman Ace, he also narrated Ultraman Taro (1973-74) and Ultraman Leo (1974-75). On film, Sagawa played Nagato Fujibayashi in the tokusatsu romp Watari, Ninja Boy (1966). In later years, he would dub many Western productions in Japanese, often playing the voice of Henry Fonda and Clint Eastwood.
A private memorial service has already been held by his family. Rest in peace, Sagawa-san.