Tomoyuki Tanaka was a Japanese film producer, most famous for creating the Godzilla franchise. He was born in Kashiwara, Osaka, Japan, and died in Tokyo on April 2, 1997. Tanaka was married to the actress Chieko Nakakita. He died of a stroke at the age of 86. Soon after graduating from Kansai University in 1940, Tanaka joined Taisho Studios which merged with Toho Studios in 1941.