Actor Keiju Kobayashi in a recent photo.
The Japan Times is reporting that actor Keiju Kobayashi died September 16, 2010, of heart failure. He was 86.
Mr. Kobayashi is best known to G-fans as playing Japan's prime minister in Godzilla 1985 (1984) and Dr. Tadokoro in Submersion of Japan (1973). He was born on November 23, 1923, and enjoyed a long and successful acting career that started in 1942 (appearing in more than 250 films in total) and continued to work until his death.
The Japan Times adds:
A Gunma Prefecture native, Kobayashi made his movie debut in 1942 and gainedThanks to Fabien Mauro for the tip.
popularity in the 1950s starring in a series of comedies featuring salaried
workers with ordinary man-next-door personalities.
Appearing in about 260 movies and TV dramas in roles ranging from prime ministers to police detectives, Kobayashi received medals of honor from the government for his longtime achievements and cultural contributions.