Haruo Nakajima (中島 春雄, Nakajima Haruo) (January 1, 1929 – August 7, 2017) was a Japanese actor. He was born in Yamagata. Nakajima was best known for portraying Godzilla from the 1950s through the early 1970s. Nakajima was Godzilla for 12 movies straight. He retired from acting in 1973.