George Takei

 

Date Of Birth

April 20, 1937
 

Biography

George Takei is an openly gay Japanese-American actor born on April 20, 1937 in Los Angeles, California. While his family was sent to relocation centers for internment during World War II, they continued to live in the United States afterwards, with Takei attending the University of California at Berkeley and earning a Master of Arts degree in theater. He appeared in films alongside actors such as Cary Grant in Walk Don’t Run and Sir Alec Guinness A Majority of One. Takei is most famous for his role as Lieutenant (later Captain) Hikaru Sulu in the original Star Trek series, and for playing Kaito Nakamura, the father of Hiro Nakamura in the popular NBC series Heroes . Other appearances of his include those on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Secret Talents of the Stars, and on a documentary with his husband called George & Brad. In 2011, he was seen on Howard Stern on Demand and the series Supah Ninjas. He also had guest stints on shows like Community and The Site Life on Deck, as well as voicing characters on Fish Hooks, The Super Hero Squad Show, and Adventure Time. Soon, he became a contestant on the 2012 season of The Celebrity Apprentice, a reality competition hosted by Donald Trump.


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Place of Birth

Los Angeles, California
 

Birth Name

George Hosato Takei
 

Gender

Male
 

Fun Facts

-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.

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

Awards

- In November 2004, Takei was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun from Emperor Akihito for his contributions to U.S.-Japanese relations.

-Asteroid 7307 Takei is named in his honor.
 

Filmography

2012: The Apprentice (TV series)
2011: Supah Ninjas (TV series) - Grandfather
2011: Howard Stern on Demand (TV series)
2011: Larry Crowne - Dr. Ed Matsutani
2011: The Potential Wives of Norman Mao (short) - Narrator (voice)
2011: The Problem Solverz (TV series) - Mr. Konishi
2011: Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (TV series) - Mr. Wang/White Wizard
2011: Fish Hooks (TV series) - Bird/Robot
2010-2011: The Super Hero Squad Show (TV series) - Galactus
2011: True Justice (TV series) - Tanaka
2010: Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet (Video Game) - Galactus (voice)
2010: Submission - Krang
2010: Community (TV series) - George Takei
2010: The Suite Life on Deck (TV series) - Rome Tipton
2010: Adventure Time (TV series) - Ricardio the Heart Guy
2007-2010: Heroes (TV series) - Kaito Nakamura
2010: The Pool Boys - Maitre D
2008-2009: Chowder (TV series) - Fois Gras
2009: Jimmy Kimmel Live! (TV series) - Jon Gosselin
2009: Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword (video) - Old Man Samurai (voice)
2009: Transformers: Animated (TV series) - Yoketron
2009: Star Wars: The Clone Wars (TV series) - Lok Durd
2009: The Red Canvas - Krang
2008: Rick & Steve the Happiest Gay Couple in All the World (TV series) - Mayor Screwsum/Police Chief
2008: Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 (Video Game) - Emperor Yoshiro
2008: Showdown of the Godz (short) - Ono
2008: Ninja Cheerleaders - Hiroshi
2003-2007: Kim Possible (TV series) - Sensei
2007: Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II (TV series) - Sulu
2007: Cory in the House (TV series) - Ronald
2007: El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera (TV series) - Seventh Samurai
2007: Finishing the Game: The Search for a New Bruce Lee - Man In Black (voice)
2006: A.I. Assault (TV movie) - Major Lane
2006: Freddie (TV series) - Martin
2006: Malcolm in the Middle (TV series) - George Takei
2006: The X's (TV series) - Tranquilizer
2005: Avatar: The Last Airbender (TV series) - Warden
2004: Mulan II (video) - First Ancestor (voice)
1997-2004: Hey Arnold! (TV series) - Kyo Heyerdahl/Phoebe's Father
2004: The Eavesdropper - Dr. Hsieh
2004: Scrubs (TV series) - Priest
2003: The Young and the Restless (TV series) - Rev. Daniel Tanaka
2003: The Bronx Bunny Show (TV series) - George Takei
2003: Roddenberry on Patrol (video short) - Narrator
2003: Star Trek: Shattered Universe (Video Game) - Captain Hikaru Sulu (voice)
2003: DC 9/11: Time of Crisis (TV movie) - Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta
2003: With Honors Denied (short) - Narrator
2003: Freelancer (Video Game) - Lord Hakkera (voice)
2002: Samurai Jack (TV series) - Warrior #4
2002: Son of the Beach (TV series) - Grandfather
2002: Jackie Chan Adventures (TV series) - High Mystic
2002: New World Order - Radio Free World
2002: Draconus Cult of the Wyrm (Video Game) - King
1991-2001: The Simpsons (TV series) - Akira/Waiter/Wink, the Game Show Host
2001: The Chronicle (TV series) - Mr. Shen
2000: Grosse Pointe (TV series) - Japanese Ad Exec
2000: Star Trek: Starfleet Command: Volume II: Empires at War (Video Game) - Hikaru Sulu (voice)
2000: Baby Blues (TV series) - Bonsai
1999: Batman Beyond: The Movie (TV movie) - Mr. Fixx (voice)
1999: Batman Beyond (TV series) - Mr. Fixx
1999: Who Gets the House? - Elliott
1999: Star Trek: Starfleet Command (Video Game) - Hikaru Sulu
1998: Hercules (TV series) - Ptolemy
1998: Diagnosis Murder (TV series) - #1 Man In Black
1998: Early Edition (TV series) - Mr. Lee
1998: Mulan - First Ancestor (voice)
1998: Bug Buster - Dr. Hiro Fujimoto
1998: Starfleet Academy: Chekov's Lost Missions (Video Game) - Hikaru Sulu
1997: In the House (TV series) - Dr. Vince O'Toole
1997: Once a Thief (TV series) - McCoy Matsumoto
1997: The Magic Pearl - Ha Ping
1996-1997: Space Cases (TV series) - Shank/Warlord Shank
1997: The Best Bad Thing (TV movie) - Mr. Yamanaka
1997: Star Trek: Starfleet Academy (Video Game) - Hikaru Sulu (voice)
1996: Star Trek: Voyager (TV series) - Captain Sulu
1996: Spider-Man (TV series) - Monk/Wong
1996: Oblivion 2: Backlash - Doc Valentine
1996: Minor Adjustments (TV series) - Simms
1995: Kissinger and Nixon (TV movie) - Le Duc Tho
1995: Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (TV series) - Colonel Ong
1994: Oblivion - Doc Valentine
1994: Jeungbal - Han Seoung Tae
1993: Live by the Fist - Uncle Coronado
1993: Star Trek: Judgment Rites (Video Game) - Lt. Hikaru Sulu (voice)
1992: Lightning Force (TV series) - General Seng
1992: Star Trek: 25th Anniversary Enhanced (Video Game) - Hikaru Sulu (voice)
1991: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country - Sulu
1991: Star Trek Adventure (short) - Sulu
1990: Prisoners of the Sun - Vice-Admiral Baron Takahashi
1989: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier - Cmdr. Hikaru Sulu
1989: Return from the River Kwai - Lieutenant Tanaka
1988: Stop Smoking (video) - Host
1987: Adderly (TV series) - Frank Tanaka
1987: Miami Vice (TV series) - Kenneth Togaru
1987: Murder, She Wrote (TV series) - Bert Tanaka
1986: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home - Sulu
1986: MacGyver (TV series) - Dr. Shen Wei
1986: Jonny Quest (TV series) - Additional Voices
1985: General Hospital (TV series) - Diem
1985: CBS Storybreak (TV series)
1984: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock - Hikaru Sulu
1983: Trapper John, M.D. (TV series) - Dr. Chung
1983: Matt Houston (TV series)
1982: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan - Mr. Sulu
1982: Strike Force (TV series)
1980: Beyond Westworld (TV series) - Doctor
1979: Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Lt. Cmdr. Hikaru Sulu
1979: Vega$ (TV series) - Medical Examiner
1977: Hallmark Hall of Fame (TV series) - Doctor
1976: Black Sheep Squadron (TV series) - Maj. Kato
1975: Chico and the Man (TV series) - Yoshi Nakamura
1975: Hawaii Five-O (TV series) - Nathaniel Blake
1975: Khan! (TV series)
1975: Year of the Dragon (TV movie) - Fred Eng
1973-1974: Star Trek (TV series) - Sulu/Huron lieutenant/Kuri/…
1974: The Six Million Dollar Man (TV series) - Chin-Ling
1972: Kung Fu (TV series)
1972: Josie's Castle - Ken
1971: Ironside (TV series) - Tsutomu Watari
1971: O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (TV series) - Joe Lew
1970: Which Way to the Front? - Yamashita
1969: The Courtship of Eddie's Father (TV series) - Mr. Sato
1966-1969: Star Trek (TV series) - Sulu/Hikaru Sulu
1968: It Takes a Thief (TV series) - Wo
1968: The Green Berets - Capt. Nim
1967: The Big Mouth - Diamond Jeweler
1967: Felony Squad (TV series) - Jimmy Ito
1966: Mission: Impossible (TV series) - Roger Lee
1966: An American Dream - Attorney Ord Long
1966: Walk Don't Run - Police Captain
1966: Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV series) - Fahn
1965-1966: The Wackiest Ship in the Army (TV series)
1965-1966: I Spy (TV series) - Ito/Yuze
1964-1965: My Three Sons (TV series) - Ham Radio Operator/Jimmy Soo/Won Tsun
1965: Mister Roberts (TV series)
1965: Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (TV series) - Cheng 1965: Red Line 7000 - Kato
1965: Death Valley Days (TV series) - Wong Lee
1965: Morituri - Junior Officer
1964: Twilight Zone (TV series) - Arthur Takamuri/Taro
1963: PT 109 - Helmsman on Japanese Destroyer
1963: The Gallant Men (TV series) - Harry Ochi
1961: A Majority of One - Mr. Asano's Son
1960-1961: Hawaiian Eye (TV series) - Hiroshi Kawagani/Larry Chang/Thomas Jefferson Chu/…
1960-1961: The Islanders (TV series) - Tsung/Yung
1960: Assignment: Underwater (TV series) - Kenji
1960: Hell to Eternity - George Une
1960: Ice Palace - Wang
1959: Never So Few - Soldier in Hospital
1959: Perry Mason (TV series) - Toma Sakai
1959: Battle of the Coral Sea - Japanese Radio Officer
1959: Playhouse 90 (TV series)
1956: Rodan - Professor Kashiwagi
1955: Godzilla Raids Again - Voice
 

Height

5' 8" (1.73 m)
 

Quotes

-Pavel Chekov: I didn't think Mr. Scott would go for the brainy type.
-Hikaru Sulu: I don't think he's even noticed she has a brain.

-Hikaru Sulu: Do you think you might be able to find a long rope somewhere and lower us down a pot of coffee?

-Hikaru Sulu: May the Great Bird of the Galaxy bless your planet

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