Hiroshi Koizumi RIP

Today we say goodbye to one of the great actors from Toho’s golden age. Hiroshi Koizumi has passed away at the age of 88, purportedly of pneumonia.


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 3rd annual Toho New Face acting class in 1951. The following year, Koizumi made his acting debut in Toho Studios’ Minato e kita otoko (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: Godzilla vs. The Thing (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 Godzilla vs. The Thing (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