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Susumu Kobayashi (小林 すすむ (こばやし すすむ) Kobayashi Susumu, April 15, 1954 – May 16, 2012) was a Japanese comedian and actor from Ueda, Nagano. He was a member of the comedy troupe, Hip Up. Kobayashi is best known for his roles in Hana Yori Dango and the Bayside Shakedown films.

He portrayed Haruo Makino in Hana Yori Dango (2005) and its two sequels.

Biography

Early life

Career

Death

After promoting Bayside Shakedown The Final, he was diagnosed with cancer and hospitalized in February 2012. He was given a life expectancy of two to three weeks.[1] Kobayashi passed away on May 16, 2012 at 22:45 due to gastric cancer and cirrhosis of the liver.[2] On June 30, 2012, an event was held in remembrance of Kobayashi. It was attended by his former colleagues, including Hip Up member Toshiro Shimazaki, and actress Akiko Matsumoto.[3]

Selected filmography

Television dramas

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Hana Yori Dango Haruo Makino
2007 Hana Yori Dango Returns Haruo Makino

Films

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Bayside Shakedown Osamu Nakanishi
2003 Bayside Shakedown 2 Osamu Nakanishi
2008 Hana Yori Dango Final Haruo Makino
2010 Bayside Shakedown 3 Osamu Nakanishi
2012 Bayside Shakedown The Final Osamu Nakanishi Posthumous

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