Star of the Netflix Original series Final Fantasy XIV: Dad of Light, Ren Osugi, has passed away from sudden heart failure. He was 66 years old.
In addition to playing the father in Dad of Light, Osugi was also known for his roles in Beat Takeshi movies, for example Hana-bi and Outrage Coda. He also started in Takashi Miike’s Dead or Alive films, and many other movies, TV dramas, and stage productions.
Final Fantasy XIV: Dad of Light is available to view on Netflix. It’s a story about how “a father and son rekindle their bond through the online role-playing game Final Fantasy XIV.” It’s a live-action series based on a true story, and only has one season.
Wikipedia provides a brief rundown of Osugi’s major milestones:
Ren Osugi (大杉 漣 Ōsugi Ren), born Takashi Osugi (大杉 孝 Ōsugi Takashi, in Komatsushima, Tokushima, Japan) (September 27, 1951 – February 21, 2018) was a Japanese actor. For his work in Cure, Hana-bi and other films, Osugi was given the Best Supporting Actor award at the 1999 Yokohama Film Festival. He often worked alongside Takeshi Kitano and Susumu Terajima. In the DVDcommentary to the mpd.psycho (TV Miniseries) series, director Takashi Miike said that he admired Osugi’s experience to shift quickly from comic and imbecilic to authoritative and earnest.
We wish the best for Osugi’s family and friends during this hard time.