Happy Birthday, Godzilla’s Endoskeleton

Haruo NakajimaHaruo Nakajima, Godzilla’s inner-self, celebrates his 82nd birthday today. Born January 1st, 1929, Nakajima, who wore the suit not only as the first Godzilla (playing Big G from 1954 to 1972), but turned in heartfelt, rubber-coated performances as Rodan, Varan, King Kong, Matango, Baragon, Gaira, Gezora, as well as lesser known TV Daikaiju including Gomess, Pagos, Mongler, Neronga and Jirass. And I’m sure we’re all familiar with those names, yes? There WILL be a test.

Haruo NakajimaSo Haruo Nakajima not only got to become some of Toho Studio’s most legendary giant monsters, he was paid to smash buildings as well. I would really, really, really like to do that.

Lord Nakajima, still kicking, though not kicking any buildings that probably need kicking, is currently scheduled to appear at the Monsterpalooza convention in Burbank, CA on April 8-10, 2011.

Haruo NakajimaHis Japanese-language autobiography, Monster Life: Haruo Nakajima, The Original Godzilla Actor (published by Yosensha), was released on July 17, 2010. I’m still on page one as I cannot as yet read Japanese. It all looks like ants walked through ink and then break danced all over the paper.

Haruo NakajimaWishing Haruo Nakajima a happy birthday. And should he not like any of his presents, he can simply melt them down with his radiation breath. While we’re on the subject, that Nakajima has lived to be 82 means that radioactivity is not only good for, but healthy, too!

Photos courtesy of August Ragone, Author, Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters. Visit his cool blog at: Augustragone.blogspot.com

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