Thanks for informing us. It says on wiki that he passed away on 11 October - 9 days before his 84th birthday.
Chikara Hashimoto (橋本 力 Hashimoto Chikara, 20 October 1933 – 11 October 2017), also known as Riki Hashimoto (はしもと りき Hashimoto Riki), was a Japanese professional baseball player and actor.
Hashimoto played baseball for Mainichi Orions in the 1950s. He was forced to retire in 1958 following an injury, and then joined Deiei Studios. As an actor, he is known for his roles as Daimajin in the 1960s film trilogy and as Hiroshi Suzuki in the 1972 Bruce Lee movie Fist of Fury.
Chikara Hashimoto was born on October 20, 1933 in Hokkaido, Japan. He was an actor, known for Fist of Fury (1972), Gamera vs. Viras (1968) and My Lucky Stars 2: Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars (1985). He died on October 11, 2017 in Japan. See full bio »
Born: October 20, 1933 in Hokkaido, Japan
Died: October 11, 2017 (age 83) in Japan
Rest in Peace: Riki Hashimoto
Published 2 months ago on October 16, 2017 By Steve Barton
You may not be instantly familiar with his name, but if you’re a fan of vintage Japanese monster movies, there’s a great chance you’re more than acquainted with his work.
News has hit the internet that Riki Hashimoto, who played the lead monster character in Daimajin and also starred alongside Bruce Lee in The Chinese Connection, aka Fists of Fury, passed away at the age of 83 on October 11, 2017, after a battle with lung cancer.
We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to thank Hashimoto-san for all the wondrous film memories he has left us with.
Daimajin Suit Actor Riki Hashimoto Passes Away at 83
Former professional baseball player and Daimajin suit actor (in all the Daiei movies from 1966) passed away at the age of 83 on October 11 of lung cancer, just days short of his 84th birthday on October 20.
Internationally, Hashimoto-san would be best known for going toe-to-toe with Bruce Lee in The Chinese Connection (1972).
I was fortunate enough to meet Hashimoto-san several times since the spring of 2015. He was a kind gentleman with a warm sense of humor. Rest in peace, Hashimoto-san.
My Lucky Stars 2: Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars
Japanese Fighter (as Riki Hashimoto)
1972 Shin heitai yakuza: Kasen
1972 Fist of Fury
Hiroshi Suzuki (as Riki Hashimoto)
1969 Shin Yotarô senki
Private FIrst Class Hashimoto (as Riki Hashimoto)
1968 Big Monster War
1968 Women's Cell
1968 The Ghostly Trap
1968 Gamera vs. Viras
1968 Polizeifunk ruft (TV Series)
- Empfang in Japan (1968)
1967 Aru koroshiya
1966 Wrath of Daimajin
Majin (as Riki Hashimoto)
1966 Return of Daimajin
Shunpei Ikenaga / Majin(plays two parts)
1965 Fukushû no kiba
1964 On the Road Forever
1963 Yoru no haitô
Blue collar guy
1963 Kyojin Ôkuma Shigenobu (as Riki Hashimoto)
1961 A Wife Confesses
1961 Ginzakko monogatari (as Riki Hashimoto)
1960 Ginza no dora-neko
1960 San'nin no kaoyaku