Shunsuke Ikeda in 1971
November 11, 1940
Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
|Died||June 11, 2010(aged 69)|
Born Norio Ikeda (池田 紀生? Ikeda Norio), he was best known to tokusatsu fans as the android Ichiro in the Kikaider 01 series (1973–74). Ikeda's interest in acting came at an early age from his father, respected sword fight choreographer Tatsuo Ouchi. He also had a black belt in judo and karate. Ikeda studied with the Bunka-za Theater, first appearing on-screen in Hibari's Guitar of Motherly Love (1962).
Ikeda made only a handful of films, but found his niche on television, where he appeared in such shows as Special Mobile Investigation Unit (1963), Comrades (1963), Story of Coming Wind (1963), Aboard With 27 People (1964) and Onihei Hankacho (1969–70).
While Ikeda's biggest and best-known tokusatsu role was in Kikaider 01, and Takeshi Minami in Return of Ultraman, he also appeared in Operation: Mystery (1968–69), Silver Mask (1971–72), Himitsu Sentai Gorenger (1975–77), and Ultraman Mebius & Ultraman Brothers (2006).
Ikeda developed a fan following in Hawaii as well as Japan. In 2001, he and Kikaider star Daisuke Ban made a personal appearance in Hawaii, meeting with fans who grew up watching the Honolulu broadcasts of Kikaider and Kikaider 01. This led to both series being revived on TV and released on DVD, as well as additional live appearances, special events, and autograph sessions in both Japan and Hawaii.
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