Ac­tor played orig­i­nal Godzilla

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES -

He stomped over minia­ture bridges and build­ings in a rub­ber suit and gave the world Godzilla, the fire-breath­ing, screech­ing mon­ster that be­came Ja­pan’s star cul­tural ex­port and an en­dur­ing sym­bol of the pathos and de­struc­tion of the nu­clear age.

Haruo Nakajima, who por­trayed Godzilla in the orig­i­nal 1954 clas­sic, died Mon­day of pneu­mo­nia, his daugh­ter So­noe Nakajima told The As­so­ci­ated Press. He was 88. Vi­va­cious and en­er­getic, Nakajima said he in­vented the char­ac­ter from scratch, and de­vel­oped it by go­ing to a zoo to study how ele­phants and bears moved. He said it was im­por­tant to show the pathos of the crea­ture.

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