Akira Nakao

Akira Nakao (中尾彬)

Date of birth

August 11th, 1942
Chiba, Japan

Date of death

May 16th, 2024
Tokyo, Japan
In Memoriam

Acting Filmography


Best known for his role as the stern G-Force commander in the last three entries of the Heisei Godzilla series, Akira Nakao started his film career in the early 1960's, but wasn't able to make a name for himself before the end of the "Golden Era" and the eventual decline of Japanese Cinema in the 1970's, even after landing a lead role in Vampire Doll (1970). Nakao continued to find work, sporatically, mostly at other studios such as Nikkatsu and Toei.

After landing a part in the 1992 film Minbo, Nakao went on to portray Takaki Aso in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993). Nakao's performance struck a cord, both with fans and the staff at Toho, as he was asked to reprise the role up until the Godzilla Heisei series ended in 1995. Seven years later, Nakao would return to the Godzilla franchise for Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002) playing the Prime Minister of Japan, after Kumi Mizuno's character steps down from the possition, Hayato Igarashi.

Acting Toho Filmography

Date Title Role Type
1970 Vampire Doll Hiroshi Tagaki Produced
1970 Take Care, Red Riding Hood Kaoru's Brother Produced
1983 The Man Who Creates a Storm   Produced
1985 Spring Bell   Produced
1992 Minbo Ibagi Distributed
1993 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II Takaki Aso, Commander Produced
1974 Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla Takaki Aso, Commander Produced
1995 Godzilla vs. Destoroyah Takaki Aso, Commander Produced
1999 Owl's Castle Tokugawa Ieyasu Produced
2002 Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla Hayato Igarashi, Prime Minister Produced
2003 Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. Hayato Igarashi, Prime Minister Produced
2004 Godzilla: Final Wars Captain of the first Gotengo Produced
2009 The Vulture Ryosuke Iijima, MGS Bank President Produced