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George Takei

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".
 
George initially objected to a scene in Star Trek III (1984) where a big SF guard calls him "tiny." When the movie was screened for audiences, the crowd cheered Sulu when he defeated the guard. George later apologized to writer Harve Bennett for it
 
Among George's first acting jobs was as a voice artist. Although he was only a teenager, he dubbed English dialog for adult characters in Japanese films being released in the United States.
 
George initially declined to appear in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982), but William Shatner personally called him and persuaded him to star in the film.
 
When George met with Roddenberry about a role on the original Star Trek (1966), Gene called him Takei (pronouncing it "Ta-kai"), which translates from Japanese to "expensive" (his name is pronounced "Ta-kay". It rhymes with "OK"). This is how Gene remembered it.
 
George is a graduate of UCLA.
 
During WWII, George lived with his family in several government internment camps for people of Japanese descent.
 
In November 2004, George was awarded The Order of the Rising Sun, from Emperor Akihito for his efforts and contributions toward U.S.-Japanese relations. The Order of the Rising Sun is the second highest Order that one can obtain.
 
In October 2005, in an issue of Frontiers Magazine, Takei revealed that he is gay. Though his status in gay and lesbian organizations was not a secret, this was the first public announcement that he has made.
 
George was the first Star Trek actor to do a convention in South America (Sao Paulo, Barzil) in 1996.
 

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