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George Takei

Mostly Credited As: George Takei
Sometimes Credited As: George Takai

Birth Name: George Hosato Takei
Date Of Birth: April 20, 1937 (Age 77)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California
Height: 5' 8" (1.72 m)

George Takei


Although primarily known for playing Sulu in the original Star Trek (1966) television series and the first six features, George Takei has had a varied career acting in television, feature films and live theater. He also is a successful writer and community activist. His first-hand knowledge of the unjust internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans in WW II, poignantly chronicled in his autobiography, created a lifelong interest in politics and community affairs. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, George and his family were relocated from Los Angeles to Camp Rowar in Arkansas, and later, as the war was ending they were moved to a camp at Tule Lake in northern California.

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 Sora no daikaijû Radon (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 of 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 L.A. to continue his studies at UCLA, once again appearing in TV shows and feature films. He earned his MA 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 was canceled, Takei did guest stints in several TV shows, 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 a 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, TV and film actor and as an advocate for the interests of Japanese-Americans.

In 2006, Takai came out revealing that he is gay, which has become a relief for the actor, and has come to embrace it in public.

George Takei
TV Appearances

Main cast 
King of the Nerds (2013)As: Himself (Judge)
Supah Ninjas (2011)As: Grandpa "Hologramps" Fukunaga
Secret Talents of the Stars (2008)As: Himself
Star Trek: Beyond the Final Frontier (2007)As: Himself
How William Shatner Changed the World (2005)As: Himself
The Apprentice (US) (2004)As: Himself (S12 - Celebrity Apprentice 5 Fired In Task 3)
Star Trek: Phase II (2004)As: Sulu
I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! (UK) (2002)As: Himself (Series 8 - 3rd Place)
Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973)As: Lt. Hikaru Sulu -- [Voice]
Episode Cast Credits 

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (1996) 
  George Takei 19x133: (Jul/23/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Real Time With Bill Maher (2003) 
  Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, George Takei, Jane Harman, Nate Silver & Jamie Weinstein 12x23: (Jul/18/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Neighbors (2012) (2012) 
  There Goes the Neighbors' Hood 02x22: (Apr/11/2014) As Grandfather, [Special Guest Stars]
  All That Jazzy Jeff 02x21: (Apr/04/2014) As Grandfather, [Special Guest Stars]
  Close Encounters of the Bird Kind 02x20: (Mar/28/2014) As Grandfather, [Special Guest Stars]
  It Has Begun… 01x22: (Mar/27/2013) As Grandfather, [Special Guest Stars]

Archer (2009) (2009) 
  Archer Vice: A Debt of Honor 05x03: (Jan/27/2014) Voiced  Mr. Moto, [Special Guest Stars]
  Drift Problem 03x07: (Feb/09/2012) Voiced  Mr. Moto, [Special Guest Stars]

Lost Girl (2010) 
  In Memoriam 04x01: (Nov/10/2013) As Angurum 

The Chew (2011) 
  Food: The Final Frontier 03x34: (Oct/24/2013) As Himself 

Fangasm (2013) 
  Beam Me Up, Stan 01x01: (Sep/24/2013) As Himself 

Futurama (1999) 
  Saturday Morning Fun Pit 07x19: (Jul/17/2013) Voiced  Himself, [Special Guest Stars]
  Proposition Infinity 06x04: (Jul/08/2010) Voiced  Himself, [Special Guest Stars]
  Bender's Game (Nov/04/2008) Voiced  Himself 
  Where No Fan Has Gone Before 04x12: (Apr/21/2002) Voiced  Himself 

Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors (2012) 
  Journey of the Iron Fist 02x13: (Jun/16/2013) Voiced  Elder Monk 

The Simpsons (1989) 
  What Animated Women Want 24x17: (Apr/14/2013) Voiced  Himself, [Special Guest Stars]
  Hunka Hunka Burns in Love 13x04: (Dec/02/2001) Voiced  Waiter, [Special Guest Stars]
  30 Minutes Over Tokyo 10x23: (May/16/1999) Voiced  Wink 
  One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish 02x11: (Jan/24/1991) Voiced  Akira 

Transformers Prime Beast Hunters (2010) 
  Rebellion 03x04: (Apr/12/2013) Voiced  Alpha Trion 

The New Normal (2012) 
  Para-New Normal Activity 01x18: (Mar/05/2013) As Sam 

Conan (2010) 
  The Grinch Who Returned Christmas for Full Store Credit 03x21: (Dec/18/2012) As Himself 
  The Decline of Dee Klein 01x131: (Aug/15/2011) As Himself (Walk On) 

Hawaii Five-0 (2010) (2010) 
  Kahu (Guardian) 03x11: (Dec/17/2012) As Uncle Choi 

True Justice (2012) 
  Dark Vengeance 01x04: (Apr/20/2012) As Tanaka 
  Black Magic 01x03: (Apr/13/2012) As Tanaka 

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Drew Barrymore, Blake Shelton 20x17: (Feb/02/2012) As Himself (Archive Footage) 
  Don Cheadle, Erin Andrews 18x49: (May/07/2010) As Himself 

Glenn Martin DDS (2009) 
  Camp (2) 02x14: (Dec/23/2010) Voiced  Unknown 

Marvel Super Hero Squad (2009) 
  Alienating With the Surfer 02x07: (Nov/20/2010) Voiced  Galactus 
  This Al Dente Earth! 01x26: (Feb/20/2010) Voiced  Galactus 
  Last Exit Before Doomsday! 01x25: (Feb/13/2010) Voiced  Galactus 

Community (2009) 
  Epidemiology 02x06: (Oct/28/2010) Voiced  Himself, [Special Guest Stars]

The Big Bang Theory (2007) 
  The Hot Troll Deviation 04x04: (Oct/14/2010) As Himself (Special Appearance by), [Special Guest Stars]

The Suite Life on Deck (2008) 
  Starship Tipton 02x26: (May/14/2010) As Rome Tipton, [Special Guest Stars]

All Star Mr & Mrs (2008) 
  Series 3, Episode 7 03x07: (Feb/13/2010) As Himself 

Heroes (2006) 
  Pass/Fail 04x16: (Jan/18/2010) As Kaito Nakamura 
  Dual 03x13: (Dec/15/2008) As Kaito Nakamura 
  Our Father 03x12: (Dec/08/2008) As Kaito Nakamura 
  The Eclipse, Part 2 03x11: (Dec/01/2008) As Kaito Nakamura 

Live From Studio Five (2009) 
  Series 1, Show 55 01x55: (Nov/27/2009) As Himself 

This Morning (1988) 
  November 26, 2009 22x63: (Nov/26/2009) As Himself 

The New Paul O'Grady Show (2006) 
  Series 8, Show 48 08x48: (Nov/25/2009) As Himself 

Party Down (2009) 
  Stennheiser-Pong Wedding Reception 01x10: (May/22/2009) As Himself 

Bring Back... (2005) 
  Bring Back Star Trek 01x08: (May/09/2009) As Himself 

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) (2008) 
  Defenders of Peace 01x14: (Jan/23/2009) Voiced  Lok Durd 

GMTV (1993) 
  January 9, 2009 17x09: (Jan/09/2009) As Himself 

The Early Show (1999) 
  Lynne Cheney, Jessica Simpson, George Takei 10x07: (Sep/16/2008) As Himself 

The Soup (2004) 
  People Who Won't Go Away (Jul/07/2008) As Himself, [Special Guest Stars]

Chowder (2007) 
  Chowder And Mr. Fugu 01x24: (May/01/2008) Voiced  Foie Gras 

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 
  John Leguizamo, George Takei, The Bravery 15x80: (Apr/02/2008) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Loose Women (1999) 
  Series 12, Show 42 12x42: (Oct/30/2007) As Himself, [Interviewees]

El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera (2007) 
  Yellow Pantera/Rising Son 01x10: (Jun/16/2007) Voiced  Seventh Samurai 

According to Jim (2001) 
  The Grill II 06x15: (Apr/25/2007) As Himself, [Special Guest Stars]

Thank God You're Here (US) (2007) 
  George Takei, Chelsea Handler, Tom Green, Shannon Elizabeth 01x04: (Apr/18/2007) As Himself 

Psych (2006) 
  Shawn vs. the Red Phantom 01x08: (Aug/25/2006) As Himself, [Special Guest Stars]

Comedy Central Roast (2003) 
  Roast of William Shatner 01x04: (Aug/20/2006) As Himself (Roaster) 

Will & Grace (1998) 
  Buy, Buy Baby 08x18: (Mar/30/2006) As Himself 

Freddie (2005) 
  Recipe for Disaster 01x15: (Mar/01/2006) As Martin 

Malcolm in the Middle (2000) 
  Hal Grieves 07x14: (Feb/19/2006) As Himself, [Special Guest Stars]

Best Week Ever (2004) 
  January 13th 04x02: (Jan/13/2006) As Himself 

Kim Possible (2002) 
  Gorilla Fist 03x11: (Nov/18/2005) Voiced  Sensei 
  Exchange 02x12: (Nov/07/2003) Voiced  Sensei 

Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005) 
  Imprisoned 01x06: (Mar/25/2005) Voiced  Warden 

Scrubs (2001) 
  My Best Friend's Wedding 03x22: (May/04/2004) As Priest (Special Appearance by), [Special Guest Stars]

Samurai Jack (2001) 
  XXIII: Jack versus Demongo, The Soul Collector 02x10: (Sep/20/2002) Voiced  Warrior #4 

Son of the Beach (2000) 
  Empty the Dragon 03x10: (Aug/20/2002) As Grandfather 

Grosse Pointe (2000) 
  Star Wars 01x11: (Dec/17/2000) As Japanese Ad Executive, [Uncredited]

Baby Blues (2000) 
  Ugly Zoe 01x08: (Aug/25/2000) Voiced  Bonsai 

Batman Beyond (1999) 
  Rebirth (2) 01x02: (Jan/10/1999) Voiced  Mr. Fixx 
  Rebirth (1) 01x01: (Jan/10/1999) Voiced  Mr. Fixx 

Early Edition (1996) 
  Blackout 03x01: (Sep/26/1998) As Mr. Lee 

Muppets Tonight (1996) 
  Andie MacDowell, George Takei 02x11: (Jan/04/1998) As Himself 

Hey Arnold! (1996) 
  Freeze Frame/Phoebe Cheats 02x08: (Nov/09/1997) Voiced  Phoebe's Father 

In the House (1995) 
  The Stuff That Dreams are Made Of 04x09: (Nov/03/1997) As Dr. Vince O'Sullivan 

3rd Rock from the Sun (1996) 
  Hotel Dick 02x03: (Sep/29/1996) As Himself 

Star Trek: Voyager (1995) 
  Flashback 03x02: (Sep/11/1996) As Captain Hikaru Sulu 

Spider-Man (1994) (1994) 
  Sins of the Fathers (1): Doctor Strange 03x01: (Apr/27/1996) Voiced  Wong 

Space Cases (1996) 
  Spung At Heart 01x05: (Mar/23/1996) As Warlord Shank 

Brotherly Love (US) (1995) 
  The Comic Con 01x06: (Oct/25/1995) As Himself 

Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (1993) 
  The Return of Sing Ling 03x04: (Feb/15/1995) As Colonel Ong 

Lightning Force (1991) 
  MIA (2) 01x16: (Feb/23/1992) As General Seng 
  MIA (1) 01x15: (Feb/16/1992) As General Seng 

Adderly (1986) 
  To Better Days 02x04: (Aug/28/1987) As Frank Tanaka, [Special Guest Stars]

Miami Vice (1984) 
  By Hooker By Crook 03x20: (Mar/20/1987) As Kenneth Togaru 

MacGyver (1985) 
  The Wish Child 02x04: (Oct/20/1986) As Dr. Shen Wei 

Matt Houston (1982) 
  The Rock and The Hard Place 01x12: (Jan/02/1983) As Sam Shima 

Vega$ (1978) 
  Ghost of the Ripper 01x12: (Jan/10/1979) As Medical Examiner 

Hallmark Hall Of Fame (1951) 
  Have I Got A Christmas For You 27x03: (Dec/16/1977) As Doctor 

Black Sheep Squadron (1976) 
  Up for Grabs 01x09: (Nov/16/1976) As Kato 

Chico and the Man (1974) 
  Mister Butterfly 02x08: (Nov/07/1975) As Yoshi Nakamura 

Hawaii Five-O (1968) (1968) 
  Death's Name is Sam 08x06: (Oct/10/1975) As Timor Ambok/Nathaniel Blake 

Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973) 
  The Pirates of Orion 02x01: (Sep/07/1974) Voiced  Huron Helmsman, Orion Lieutenant 
  The Time Trap 01x12: (Nov/24/1973) Voiced  Commander Kuri, Klingon #1 
  Once Upon a Planet 01x09: (Nov/03/1973) Voiced  Amusement Park Computer 
  The Magicks of Megas-Tu 01x08: (Oct/27/1973) Voiced  Megan 

The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) 
  The Coward 01x12: (Apr/19/1974) As Chin Ling, [Co-Guest Stars]

Ironside (1967) 
  No Motive for Murder 05x16: (Dec/23/1971) As Tsutomu Watari, [Co-Guest Stars]

O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (1971) 
  Operation: Big Store 01x01: (Sep/17/1971) As Joe Lew 

Bracken's World (1969) 
  It's the Power Structure, Baby 01x11: (Dec/05/1969) As Akira, [Co-Guest Stars]

Star Trek (1966) 
  Turnabout Intruder 03x24: (Jun/03/1969) As Lt. Hikaru Sulu, [Starring Roles]
  The Savage Curtain 03x22: (Mar/07/1969) As Lt. Hikaru Sulu, [Starring Roles]
  The Way to Eden 03x20: (Feb/21/1969) As Lt. Hikaru Sulu, [Starring Roles]
  The Lights of Zetar 03x18: (Jan/31/1969) As Lt. Hikaru Sulu, [Starring Roles]

It Takes a Thief (1968) (1968) 
  To Catch a Roaring Lion 02x12: (Dec/31/1968) As Wo, [Co-Guest Stars]

The Felony Squad (1966) 
  A Blueprint for Dying 01x27: (Mar/20/1967) As Jimmy Ito 

Mission: Impossible (1966) (1966) 
  The Carriers 01x10: (Nov/19/1966) As Roger Lee 

Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre (1963) 
  Wind Fever 03x16: (Mar/02/1966) As Fahn 

I Spy (US) (1965) 
  The Barter 01x16: (Jan/12/1966) As Yuze 
  Tigers of Heaven 01x13: (Dec/15/1965) As Ito 

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964) 
  The Silent Saboteurs 02x10: (Nov/28/1965) As Cheng 

Mister Roberts (1965) 
  Which Way Did the War Go? 01x11: (Nov/26/1965) As Tanaka 

Death Valley Days (1952) 
  The Book 14x10: (Oct/28/1965) As Wong Lee 

The Twilight Zone (1959) 
  The Encounter 05x31: (May/01/1964) As Taro 

The Gallant Men (1962) 
  One Puka Puka 01x21: (Mar/02/1963) As Ochi 

Hawaiian Eye (1959) 
  Thomas Jefferson Chu 03x05: (Oct/25/1961) As Thomas Jefferson Chu 
  The Manchu Formula 02x34: (May/03/1961) As Larry Chang 
  Jade Song 02x05: (Oct/12/1960) As Yen Fu 
  Sword of the Samurai 01x18: (Feb/03/1960) As Hiroshi Kawagani 

The Islanders (1960) 
  Escape from Kaledau 01x16: (Jan/29/1961) As Yung 

Perry Mason (1957) 
  The Case of the Blushing Pearls 03x04: (Oct/24/1959) As Toma Sakai 

Khan (1975) 
  Triad 01x06: (Unaired) As Sung 
Trivia

George's Star on the Walk of Fame for his contributions to Television is located at 6681 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA, USA.

From January to February 1991, George appeared in the Philip Kan Gotanda play The Wash at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, California, USA.

From Oct - Dec, 2005, George played "Dr. Martin Dysart" in Peter Shaffer's Equus, in Los Angeles, CA, USA at the East West Players Theater.

In the early 1990's, George provided the voice of "Captain Hikaru Sulu" for several audio adventures based upon the adventures of the USS Excelsior.

George narrated several audio books based on Star Trek novels, including Strangers from the Sky and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

In the late 60s-early 70s George worked for 3 years as producer-host of Expression: East/West, a public affairs show on KNBC, Los Angeles.

George narrated the documentary Bruce Lee: Curse of the Dragon (1993).

George has been a jogger for many years, and runs marathons frequently.

George is a favorite of the Howard Stern audience.

George has stated that his favorite original Star Trek episode is "The Naked Time".

More Trivia
George Takei Quotes
George Takei: You know, it's not really coming out, ... It's more like a long, long walk through what began as a narrow corridor that starts to widen.

George Takei: The large popular normality is that rigid, constrained normality, ... But there's another natural normality. And you come to realize, 'This is who I am. And by gum, I'm not going to let it be a constraint!'

George Takei: I didn't want to talk about being in an internment camp, ... They would ask me, where was I? I would say I was far away...But I never went into details.

George Takei: We are going to make a stronger, better, truer democracy....We will boldly go where America has never gone before.

George Takei: We are part of the fabric of America, from U.S. senators to your schoolteacher to your local banker.

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