Bin Furuya

Bin Furuya is best known as the original actor behind ULTRAMAN which was first broadcast in 1966.

His other roles include films such as Ghidrah, The Three-Headed Monster, The Ware of the Gargantuas, Gorath, and Invasion of Astro-Monster. He’s also appeared in several episodes of ULTRA Q and ULTRASEVEN.

Bin Furuya will be appearing on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of Florida Supercon.

Autographs can be purchased at Bin Furuya’s booth at Florida Supercon for cash only, but are not available online for pre-sale. Professional Photo Ops can be purchased online or at the Photo Op booth during the show with cash.

Autograph on an 8×10 photo or on your own item: $30 (includes selfie at no additional charge)
Not for pre-sale. Available for purchase at his booth during the show for cash only.

Selfie/Tableside Photo with your own camera: FREE w/ autograph purchase
Not for pre-sale. Available for purchase at his booth during the show for cash only.

You must also have an admission ticket to enter the event and redeem an autograph, selfie, photo op, or other celebrity ticket.

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If photo op tickets do not sell out in advance of the event, they will be available with cash only at the photo op booth / area, HOWEVER we highly recommend purchasing online in advance to ensure you get a photo. For more information on professional photo ops, CLICK HERE.

Bin Furuya will take part in a Q&A that will be open to all attendees and included in the price of admission to Florida Supercon.

Satoshi “Bin” Furuya attended Toho’s acting school and graduated as part of the studio’s New Face program. He first debuted in a jailbreak motion picture from director Jun Fukuda in 1962, which led to numerous supporting roles in classic Toho science-fiction films such as Ghidrah, The Three-Headed Monster (1964), The War of the Gargantuas (1966), Gorath (1962) and Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965).

In 1965, Furuya was transferred to Tsuburaya Productions and appeared in several episodes of ULTRA Q (1966), which served as his television debut. His work as a monster suit actor in that program led to him being cast as the giant superhero from Nebula M-78 in the ULTRAMAN television series, which was first broadcast in 1966 and ultimately sparked a worldwide franchise that continues to this day.

Furuya was prompted to portray Ultraman by series art director Tohru Narita, who based his design for the character in part on the actor’s own face, from which a life mask had been made. At first, Furuya wasn’t keen on taking a role which required his face to be hidden behind a mask, but soon changed his mind when he realized the positive effect that Ultraman was having on children and began playing the part in earnest.

Furuya had practiced the superhero’s famous “specium ray” pose 300 times each day until he could do it without any effort. As a huge fan of James Dean, he also based Ultraman’s signature fighting stance on that of Dean’s character in the 1955 film Rebel Without a Cause.

Furuya was again asked to portray the giant superhero in Tsuburaya Productions’ popular follow-up series ULTRASEVEN, but he held out for the more traditional dramatic role of Ultra Guard member Amagi. ULTRASEVEN celebrated the 50th anniversary of its initial broadcast in Japan on October 1, 2018.

Following the production of Ultraseven, Furuya retired from acting and began producing a live-action monster attraction show. In 2009, he released an autobiography, The Man Who Became Ultraman, in which he spoke for the first time about the difficulties of shooting the special effects scenes for the 1966 series. Since 2012, he has enjoyed meeting fans at convention appearances all over the world, including the USA and Brazil.