George Takei

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George Takei

Born

4/20/1937, Los Angeles, California

Birth Name

George Hosato Takei

Gender

Male
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George Takei played Hikaru Sulu, the helm officer aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise on the original Star Trek series. Takei was born in the Boyle Heights district of Los Angeles. He and his family lived there until World War II when, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, they were…more

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  • Trivia

    • In the Top 10 Gay wedding list published in 2008, the Telegraph (a British newspaper) ranked the union between George Takei and his civil partner Brad Altman at no 5.

    • In May 2008 it was revealed that George was planning to marry partner Brad Altman after laws in California were overturned to allow same-sex marriages to go ahead.

    • He once tried to get a chair in the Congress and a seat on the Los Angeles City Council.

    • Takei has been with his partner, Brad Altman, since 1988

    • 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 has stated that his favorite Star Trek (1966) episode is The Naked Time.

    • George initially objected to the scene in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) where the big Starfleet guard calls him "tiny." When the scene was screened for audiences, the audiences cheered Sulu (Takei) when he defeated the big guard, and 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 Gene Roddenberry about a role on Star Trek (1966), Roddenberry 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 Roddenberry remembered his name.

    • George is a graduate of UCLA.

    • George is 5' 8" (1.73 m) tall.

    • 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, Brazil) in 1996.

  • Quotes

    • (revealing he and partner Brad Altman were planning to wed)
      George Takei: For now, Brad and I are enjoying the delicious dilemma of deciding where, when, and how we will be married. Marriage equality took a long time, but, like fine wine, its bouquet is simply exquisite.

    • George Takei: (following Californian laws banning same-sex marriages were overturned) Our California dream is reality. At long last, the barrier to full marriage rights for same-sex couples has been torn down. We are equal with all citizens of our state!

    • (Speaking of Star Trek: Voyager)
      George Takei: Working with Kate Mulgrew and Tim Russ was good fun. I only regret not having had the opportunity to work with the other members of that talented cast.

    • George Takei: The world has changed from when I was a young teen feeling ashamed for being gay.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Really a personal favorite that broke barriers!

    9.6
    Really an actor that broke personal barriers for an Asian-American that has gone through a lot. And has survived a lot. Because he broke the barriers to play a lead role. Like Sulu in the original Star Trek series. Though Asian-American actors have come a long way, but still have a long way to go. He should have had more important and more better roles. Due to the lack of roles that Asian-Americans were getting. And if they did get any roles, they were minor roles or villanious. Think that he definately should had been a bigger star. Since he does have the talent!moreless
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