Actor Hiroshi Koizumi passed away on 31 May 2015 following pneumonia. He was 88.
Making debut in 1951 on silver screen, Koizumi appeared in a string of monster films including Mothra vs Godzilla, Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster and Dogara, the Space Monster. In 1955, Koizumi appeared as a pilot in movie Godzilla Raids Again.
Koizumi also acted in numerous non-monster productions, including the 47 Samurai in 1962, alongside the legendary Toshiro Mifune. During 1970s, he became the presenter of Fuji TV's popular Quiz Grand Prix.
Later, he appeared in The Return of Godzilla in 1984 and in 2003's Godzilla: Tokyo SOS.
Born in 1926, Koizumi graduated from Tokyo's Keio University, Japan's oldest, and joined public broadcaster NHK as an announcer.
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