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George Takei

Although primarily known for playing Hikaru Sulu in the television series Star Trek (1966) and the first six features, George Takei has had a varied career acting in television, feature films, live theater and radio. He also is a successful writer and community activist.George Takei was born Hosato Takei on April 20, 1937, in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California. His mother, Fumiko Emily (Nakamura), was born in Sacramento, to Japanese parents, and his father, Takekuma Norman Takei, worked in real estate and was born in Japan's Yamanashi Prefecture. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, George and his family were relocated from Los Angeles to the Rohwer Relocation Center in Arkansas, and later, as the war was ending they were moved to a camp at Tule Lake in Northern California. Takei's first-hand knowledge of the unjust internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans in World War II, poignantly chronicled in his autobiography, created a lifelong interest in politics and community affairs.After graduating from Los Angeles High School in 1956, George studied architecture at UC Berkeley. An ad in a Japanese community paper led to a summer job on the MGM lot dubbing eight characters from Japanese into English for Rodan (1956) (aka "Rodan"). With the acting bug kindled in him, he transferred to UCLA as a theater arts major. Contacting an agent he had met at MGM led to Takei's appearance as an embittered soldier in postwar Japan in the Playhouse 90 (1956) production "Made in Japan" even before starting classes at UCLA. Being spotted in a UCLA theater production by a Warner Bros. casting director led to George's feature film debut in Ice Palace (1960), various roles in Hawaiian Eye (1959) and other feature work. In June 1960, he completed his degree at UCLA and studied that summer at the Shakespeare Institute at Stratford-Upon-Avon in England.After starting a Master's degree program at UCLA, George was cast in the socially relevant stage musical production, "Fly Blackbird!" but was replaced when the show moved to New York. He took odd jobs until returning to his role at the end of the run. Getting little work in Manhattan, George returned to Los Angeles to continue his studies at UCLA, once again appearing in television series and feature films. He earned his Master's degree in 1964. Wanting a multi-racial crew, Gene Roddenberry cast him in "Where No Man Has Gone Before", the second Star Trek (1966) pilot. Mr. Sulu remained as a regular character when the series went into production. In the hiatus after the end of shooting the first season, he worked on The Green Berets (1968), playing a South Vietnamese Special Forces officer.After Star Trek (1966) was cancelled, Takei did guest stints in several television series, voiced Sulu for the animated Star Trek series and regularly appeared at Star Trek conventions. He also produced and hosted a public affairs show, "Expression East/West" aired in Los Angeles from 1971 to 1973. In 1973, he ran for the Los Angeles City Council. Although he lost by a small margin, Mayor Tom Bradley appointed him to the board of directors of the Southern California Rapid Transit District, where he served until 1984 and contributed to plans for the subway. During this period, he co-wrote a sci-fi novel, "Mirror Friend, Mirror Foe". He campaigned to get more respect for his character in the Star Trek features, resulting in Sulu finally obtaining the rank of captain in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), a role reprised in the Star Trek: Voyager (1995) episode "Flashback".George has run several marathons and was in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Torch Relay. He gained a star on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame in 1986 and left his signature and hand print in cement at the Chinese Theater in 1991. His 1994 autobiography, "To the Stars", was well-received by more than just Star Trek fans. He remains active as a stage, television and film actor and as an advocate for the interests of Japanese-Americans.


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Born:
Apr 20, 1937 In Los Angeles, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
96
First Appeared:
In the series Perry Mason 1957-09-21
Latest Project:
Series StarTalk 2015-04-20

6 wins.

Known For
Poster of Archer
Poster of Community
Poster of Heroes
Poster of The Big Bang Theory
Filmography
StarTalk Unknown 2015-04-20
Mission Force One Unknown 2015-02-06
BoJack Horseman Audiobook Narrator 2014-08-22
Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero Unknown 2014-12-05
King of the Nerds Unknown 2013-01-17
Real Husbands of Hollywood Unknown 2013-01-15
Fangasm Unknown 2013-09-01
Ultimate Spider-Man Unknown 2012-04-01
Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell Unknown 2012-08-09
The New Normal Unknown 2012-08-29
Lost Girl Unknown 2012-11-15
The Neighbors Unknown 2012-09-26
The Problem Solverz Unknown 2011
True Justice Unknown 2011
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Unknown 2011-09-19
Supah Ninjas Grandfather / ... 38 episodes, 2011-2013 2011-01-17
Hot in Cleveland Unknown 2010-06-16
Adventure Time Unknown 2010-04-05
Fish Hooks Unknown 2010-08-28
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Unknown 2010-07-12
Hawaii Five-0 Unknown 2010-09-20
Transformers Prime Unknown 2010-11-26
Conan Unknown 2010-11-08
Watch What Happens: Live Unknown 2009-06-16
The Super Hero Squad Show Unknown 2009-09-14
Party Down Unknown 2009-03-20
The National Parks: America's Best Idea Unknown 2009-09-27
Community Unknown 2009-09-17
Archer Unknown 2009-09-17
All Star Mr & Mrs Unknown 2008-04-12
Pioneers of Television Self 2 episodes, 2011-2014 2008-01-02
The Wendy Williams Show Unknown 2008-05-14
The Suite Life on Deck Unknown 2008-09-26
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Unknown 2008-10-03
Heroes Unmasked Unknown 2007-07-25
The Bronx Bunny Show Unknown 2007-03-01
Phineas and Ferb Unknown 2007-08-17
Chowder Unknown 2007-11-02
Transformers: Animated Unknown 2007-12-26
Psych Unknown 2006-07-07
The Big Bang Theory Unknown 2006-05-01
Heroes Unknown 2006-09-25
Avatar: The Last Airbender Unknown 2005-02-21
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List Unknown 2005-08-03
Freddie Unknown 2005-10-05
The Colbert Report Unknown 2005-10-17
Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II Unknown 2004-01-16
The Soup Unknown 2004-07-30
Drawn Together Unknown 2004-10-27
Real Time with Bill Maher Unknown 2003-02-21
Kim Possible Unknown 2002-06-07
Fashion Police Unknown 2002-02-27
I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! Unknown 2002-08-25
Samurai Jack Unknown 2001-08-10
Scrubs Unknown 2001-10-02
According to Jim Unknown 2001-10-03
Son of the Beach Unknown 2000-03-13
Malcolm in the Middle Unknown 2000-01-09
Jackie Chan Adventures Unknown 2000-09-09
The Brak Show Unknown 2000-12-21
Batman Beyond Unknown 1999-01-10
Futurama Unknown 1999-03-28
Will & Grace Unknown 1998-09-21
Hercules Unknown 1998-08-31
V.I.P. Unknown 1998-09-26
Space Cases Unknown 1996-03-02
3rd Rock from the Sun Unknown 1996-01-09
Les muppets Unknown 1996-03-08
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
Early Edition Unknown 1996-09-28
Hey Arnold! Unknown 1996-10-07
Star Trek: Voyager Unknown 1995-01-16
Brotherly Love Unknown 1995-09-16
In the House Unknown 1995-04-10
Spider-Man: The Animated Series Unknown 1994-11-19
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Unknown 1993-01-27
Diagnosis Murder Unknown 1993-10-29
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
MacGyver Unknown 1985-09-29
Miami Vice Unknown 1984-09-16
Murder, She Wrote Unknown 1984-09-30
Trapper John, M.D. Unknown 1979-09-23
Black Sheep Squadron Unknown 1976-09-21
The Six Million Dollar Man Unknown 1974-01-18
Chico and the Man Unknown 1974-09-13
Star Trek: The Animated Series Sulu / ... 22 episodes, 1973-1974 1973-09-08
It Takes a Thief Unknown 1968-01-09
Hawaii Five-O Unknown 1968-09-20
Ironside Unknown 1967-09-14
Star Trek: The Original Series Sulu / ... 52 episodes, 1966-1969 1966-09-08
Mission: Impossible Unknown 1966-09-17
I Spy Unknown 1965-09-15
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Cheng 1 episode, 1965 1964-09-14
The Twilight Zone Unknown 1959-10-02
Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21