Happy birthday, Kenji Sahara! Today the man who appeared/starred in more Toho FX Films than any other actor turns 81! From an uncredited screen appearance in Ishiro Honda’s GOJIRA (1954) through Ryuhei Kitamura’s GODZILLA: FINAL WARS (2004) as the paleontologist who uncovered Gigan, he appeared in THIRTY FX films. His first lead role came in Honda’s SORA NO DAIKAIJU RADON (1956) – aka RODAN (1957) – where he was mis-credited by the King Bros as ‘Kenji Sawara’. In Honda’s MOSURA TAI GOJIRA (1964) – aka GODZILLA VS THE THING (1964) – he got to go beyond the dashing young hero parts he was primarily known for, when he played the greedy villain, Jiro Torahata, the ‘money man’ behind Happy Enterprises who had possession of Mothra’s egg.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KENJI SAHARA!