Kikaider Actor Shunsuke Ikeda Passes Away

posted on by Egan Loo
69-year-old actor also appeared in Kaette Kita Ultraman, Goranger

Shunsuke Ikeda, the actor who played the title role in the classic live-action television series Kikaider-01, passed away on June 11 at 3:10 a.m. due to stomach cancer. He was 69. He had been in a hospital in Chiba Prefecture east of Tokyo.

Ikeda was born under the name Norio Ikeda in 1941 in Kawasaki City in Kanagawa Prefecture south of Tokyo. He is best known as the android Kikaider-01 in the live-action special-effects (tokusatsu) series of the same name, which was created by manga pioneer Shotaro Ishinomori. Ikeda also appeared in other early live-action special-effects series such as Kaette Kita Ultraman (1971-1972) and Himitsu Sentai Goranger (1975–77).

Sources: Sankei Sports via Tokyograph, Yomiuri Shimbun, TV Asahi

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