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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 12 August 1926Kamakura, Japan
Date of Death 31 May 2015Tokyo, Japan  (pneumonia)
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Hiroshi Koizumi was born on August 12, 1926, in Kamakura City, Japan. He graduated from Keio University in 1948. He joined NHK television as an announcer and was selected to be part of the third-annual Tôhô New Face acting class in 1951. The following year, Koizumi made his acting debut in Tôhô Studios' The Man Who Came to Port (1952). When the studios' sci-fi films took flight, Koizumi became a regular in those films, first starring as pilot hero Shoichi Tsukioka in Godzilla's first sequel, Godzilla Raids Again (1955). After appearing in the film, he became most notable for portraying doctors, professors, or scientists.

It is interesting to note that Koizumi appeared in Godzilla's 10th-, 20th-, and 30th-anniversary films: Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964), Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964), Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974) and Godzilla 1985 (1984), starring as a professor or a scientist. Koizumi is one of the few actors to appear in more than one Godzilla movie as the same character. He played Professor Miura in Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964) and Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964) (or Professor Murai). In the 1990s, Koizumi worked on a few films as producer and also served as host of Japan's long-running game show "Quiz Grand Prix."

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Oliver Chu

Spouse (1)

? (5 April 1960 - 26 August 2005) (her death) (3 children)

Trivia (2)

Appeared in the first three films to feature the monster Mothra, essentially playing the same role in the latter two films.
He began his show-business career as a television announcer for NHK.

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