Shunsuke Ikeda

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Shunsuke Ikeda
Ikeda-shunsuke-1971.jpg
Shunsuke Ikeda in 1971
Born Norio Ikeda
(1940-11-11)November 11, 1940
Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
Died June 11, 2010(2010-06-11) (aged 69)
Occupation Actor/Model
Years active 1962–2010

Shunsuke Ikeda (池田 駿介?, Ikeda Shunsuke, November 11, 1940 – June 11, 2010) was a Japanese actor and model.

Acting career[edit]

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).[1] 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.[2] 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).[1]

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).[1]

Education[edit]

Ikeda graduated from Hosei University in 1967 with a degree in economics.[1]

Later years[edit]

Ikeda was a fashion model for the SOS Modeling Agency, a commercial spokesman for Toshiba, and also appeared in several stage productions.[1]

Popularity[edit]

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.[1]

In a 2008 interview, Ikeda mentioned that he was upset that Kikaider's Hawaii popularity was not widely known in Japan.[3]

Death[edit]

Ikeda died on June 11, 2010 from complications of diabetes.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "The Good, The Bad, and Godzilla: Rest In Peace Shunsuke Ikeda". Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Dedication to a dear friend, wonderful man and true 'Hero'". Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  3. ^ Yamasato, Aaron. "Q & A With Actor Shunsuke Ikeda". Retrieved 13 June 2010. 

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