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Archive: G-FEST XV Guests

The following special guests appeared at G-FEST XV.

Haruo Nakajima

Guest of Honor: Haruo Nakajima

Legendary actor, Haruo Nakajima is best known for his portrayal of Godzilla in twelve different films from 1954 to 1972, and also played numerous other kaiju, including Rodan, Baragon, Gaila, and many others. He learned how to perform in a kaiju suit from videos of King Kong (1933) and Mighty Joe Young (1949) shown to him by Eiji Tsuburaya. Haruo Nakajima also starred in many non-kaiju movies in the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s including Eagle of the Pacific, Seven Samurai, The Hidden Fortress, and Invisible Man. We were honored to have Mr. Nakajima return to G-FEST for the first time in eight years.

Don Frye

Special Guest: Don Frye

Don Frye is a professional mixed martial arts fighter, actor, and professional wrestler, who rose to fame fighting in early Ultimate Fighting Championship events. He began acting in movies with Godzilla: Final Wars, playing the role of Captain Douglas Gordon. Don has made several other film appearances including No Rules, Nagurimono, Just Another Romantic Wrestling Comedy, Miami Vice and has even done voice over work for The Ant Bully.

August Ragone

Special Guest: August Ragone

One of the most authoritative historians of Japanese science-fiction and fantasy films, August Ragone participated in several panels and presentations at G-FEST XV. August was also available at the Clawmark Toys booth, to sign his new book “Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters,” chronicling the life and career of the special effects master.

Jörg Buttgereit

Special Guest: Jörg Buttgereit

Renowned German film director and documentary maker, Jörg Buttgereit was filming his latest kaiju documentary, Monsterland!, at G-FEST XV, focusing particularly on the costuming thread. Jörg is most known for his controversial films, including the 1987 film Nekromantik; and has also directed an episode of the science fiction show Lexx.

Donald F. Glut

Special Guest: Donald F. Glut

Last year’s Mangled Skyscraper Award recipient Donald F. Glut proved such a hit that he returned by popular demand. Don visited G-FEST on Saturday and Sunday to share his encyclopedic knowledge of monsters and dinosaurs, as well as discuss his latest kaiju-related project.

Robert Scott Field

Special Guest: Robert Scott Field

The star of Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, Scott has become an integral part of G-FEST since he first attended in 1999. Each year, G-FEST attendees look forward to renewing their friendship with Scott, and hearing about the latest happenings in the Land of the Rising Sun.

J.D. Lees

Special Guest: J.D. Lees

G-FAN editor J.D. Lees was present at G-FEST XVI all weekend.