George Takei

BirthDay:

20 Apr 1937

BirthPlace:

Los Angeles, California, USA

BirthName:

George Hosato Takei

Bio:

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.
Filmography

Actor ( 263 credits )

Blazing Samurai (2017) Ohga (voice)
Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) Hosato (voice)
Yamasong: March of the Hollows (2016) Elder Masook
Entourage (2015) Himself
Tab Hunter Confidential (2015) Himself
It Takeis Two (2015)  Himself (7 episodes, 2015)
Miles from Tomorrowland (2015)  Spectrix (1 episode, 2015)
StarTalk (2015)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Eat with Me (2014) George
Axel: The Biggest Little Hero (2014) Elder (voice)
To Be Takei (2014) Himself
The Meredith Vieira Show (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
BoJack Horseman (2014)  Audiobook Narrator (1 episode, 2015)
Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero (2014)  Sashi's Dad (1 episode, 2015)
Almost Royal (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
The Drunken Peasants (2014)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2015)
The 7D (2014)  Dr. Sweet Tooth (1 episode, 2016)
Free Birds (2013) S.T.E.V.E. (voice)
The Missing Scarf (2013) Narrator (voice)
Gays Beware with Jesse Tyler Ferguson and George Takei (2013) Himself
Married and Counting (2013) Narrator
King of the Nerds (2013)  Himself - Judge (1 episode, 2013)
Takei's Take (2013)  Himself (18 episodes, 2013-2014)
Real Husbands of Hollywood (2013)  George Takei (1 episode, 2014)
Fangasm (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Tvoovies (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
IMDb: What to Watch (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Through the Keyhole (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Co-optitude (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Space Milkshake (2012) Gary (voice)
Backyard Blockbusters (2012) Hikaru Sulu (archive footage)
Road Trek 2011 (2012) Sulu (archive footage)
Strange Frame: Love & Sax (2012) Tamadamsa (voice)
Money Fight (2012) Krang
Ultimate Spider-Man (2012)  Elder Monk (1 episode, 2013)
The Neighbors (2012)  Grandfather (4 episodes, 2013-2014)
The New Normal (2012)  Sam (1 episode, 2012)
Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell (2012)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 2013)
CBS This Morning (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Larry King Now (2012)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Oprah: Where Are They Now? (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Larry Crowne (2011) Dr. Ed Matsutani
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness (2011)  Master Cheng (1 episode, 2014)
Supah Ninjas (2011)  Grandfather / ... (38 episodes, 2011-2013)
The Problem Solverz (2011)  Mr. Konishi (1 episode, 2011)
What's Trending (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Bubble Guppies (2011)  Major Bummer (1 episode, 2016)
These Amazing Shadows (2011) Himself
The Potential Wives of Norman Mao (2011) Narrator (voice)
Be Counted (2010) Himself
Hawaii Five-0 (2010)  Uncle Choi (1 episode, 2012)
Lost Girl (2010)  Amphisbaena / ... (1 episode, 2013)
Adventure Time (2010)  Ricardio (2 episodes, 2010-2012)
Transformers Prime (2010)  Alpha Trion (2 episodes, 2012-2013)
Conan (2010)  Himself (4 episodes, 2011-2013)
Fish Hooks (2010)  Bird / ... (2 episodes, 2011)
True Justice (2010)  Tanaka (2 episodes, 2011)
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (2010)  Mr. Wang / ... (1 episode, 2011)
Pound Puppies (2010)  Mr. Julius / ... (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
Piper's QUICK Picks (2010)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Hollywood Treasure (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Hot in Cleveland (2010)  Reverend Matsuda (1 episode, 2015)
8: The Mormon Proposition (2010) Himself (archive footage)
Annul Victory (2009) Himself
Toyo's Camera (2009) Himself
You Don't Know Jack: The Jack Soo Story (2009) Himself
The Pool Boys (2009) Maitre D (Joon)
Community (2009)  George Takei (1 episode, 2010)
Archer (2009)  Mr. Moto (2 episodes, 2012-2014)
Party Down (2009)  George Takei (1 episode, 2009)
Glenn Martin DDS (2009)  George Takei (1 episode, 2011)
Watch What Happens: Live (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Live from Studio Five (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
The Newlywed Game (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
The Super Hero Squad Show (2009)  Galactus (3 episodes, 2010-2011)
Regular Show (2009)  Daisuke (1 episode, 2015)
George & Brad in Bed (2009) Himself
Space Travelers (2009) Himself
Ninja Cheerleaders (2008) Hiroshi
You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008) George Takei
Showdown of the Godz (2008) Ono
The Great Buck Howard (2008) George Takei
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)  Lok Durd (1 episode, 2009)
The Suite Life on Deck (2008)  Rome Tipton (1 episode, 2010)
The Wendy Williams Show (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
All Star Mr & Mrs (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Heroes Report (2008)  Himself
Secret Talents of the Stars (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Robot Astronomy Talk Show (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Finishing the Game: The Search for a New Bruce Lee (2007) Man In Black (voice)
The Big Bang Theory (2007)  George Takei (1 episode, 2010)
Phineas and Ferb (2007)  Positive Re-enforement Machine (1 episode, 2011)
Cory in the House (2007)  Ronald (1 episode, 2007)
Chowder (2007)  Fois Gras (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Transformers: Animated (2007)  Yoketron (1 episode, 2009)
The Bronx Bunny Show (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera (2007)  Seventh Samurai (1 episode)
Rick & Steve the Happiest Gay Couple in All the World (2007)  Mayor Screwsum / ... (1 episode, 2008)
Thank God You're Here (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Heroes Unmasked (2007)  Kaito Nakamura / ... (11 episodes, 2007-2008)
Psych (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Heroes (2006)  Kaito Nakamura (12 episodes, 2007-2010)
Handy Manny (2006)  Mr. Wong (1 episode, 2011)
Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005)  Warden (1 episode, 2005)
The Colbert Report (2005)  Himself (uncredited) (1 episode, 2014)
Freddie (2005)  Martin (1 episode, 2006)
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Video on Trial (2005)  Sulu (uncredited) (1 episode, 2006)
Howard Stern on Demand (2005)  Himself / ... (47 episodes, 2006-2011)
The X's (2005)  Tranquilizer (1 episode, 2006)
Eye on Entertainment (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
The Eavesdropper (2004) Dr. Hsieh
Drawn Together (2004)  George Takei (1 episode, 2006)
The Apprentice (2004)  Himself - Contestant / ... (14 episodes, 2012)
Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II (2004)  Sulu (1 episode, 2007)
The Paul O'Grady Show (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Tavis Smiley (2004)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
The Soup (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Animal Icons (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Typisch '60 (2004)  Helm Officer Hikaru Sulu (1 episode, 2004)
Pacific Fusion (2004)  Himself (unknown episodes)
With Honors Denied (2003) Narrator
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2006-2009)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Alienated (2003)  Himself - Special Guest Appearance (1 episode, 2004)
The Bronx Bunny Show (2003)  George Takei (unknown episodes)
Real Time with Bill Maher (2003)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
Banzai (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Noon Blue Apples (2002) Radio Free World (voice)
Kim Possible (2002)  Sensei (6 episodes, 2003-2007)
I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! (2002)  Himself (17 episodes, 2008)
Watching Ellie (2002)  George Takei (1 episode, 2003)
Timeshift (2002)  Sulu (uncredited) (1 episode, 2007)
HypaSpace (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Fashion Police (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! NOW! (2002)  Himself (20 episodes, 2008-2009)
Scrubs (2001)  Priest (1 episode, 2004)
According to Jim (2001)  George Takei (1 episode, 2007)
Samurai Jack (2001)  Warrior #4 (1 episode, 2002)
The Chronicle (2001)  Mr. Shen (1 episode, 2001)
Conscience and the Constitution (2000) Resister (voice)
Malcolm in the Middle (2000)  George Takei (1 episode, 2006)
Jackie Chan Adventures (2000)  High Mystic (1 episode, 2002)
Son of the Beach (2000)  Grandfather (1 episode, 2002)
Grosse Pointe (2000)  Japanese Ad Exec (uncredited) (1 episode, 2000)
The Brak Show (2000)  Television Executive (uncredited) (1 episode, 2003)
Baby Blues (2000)  Bonsai (1 episode, 2000)
Who Gets the House? (1999) Elliott
Futurama (1999)  Himself (4 episodes, 2002-2013)
Batman Beyond (1999)  Mr. Fixx (2 episodes, 1999)
Loose Women (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
After They Were Famous (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Bug Buster (1998) Dr. Hiro Fujimoto
Mulan (1998) First Ancestor (voice)
Will & Grace (1998)  George Takei (1 episode, 2006)
Hercules (1998)  Ptolemy (1 episode, 1998)
V.I.P. (1998)  Himself / ... (1 episode, 2001)
Trekkies (1997) Himself
The Magic Pearl (1997) Ha Ping
Frank Lloyd Wright and Japanese Art (1997) Narrator (voice)
Oblivion 2: Backlash (1996) Doc Valentine
3rd Rock from the Sun (1996)  George Takei (1 episode, 1996)
Hey Arnold! (1996)  Kyo Heyerdahl / ... (2 episodes, 1997-2004)
Early Edition (1996)  Mr. Lee (1 episode, 1998)
Space Cases (1996)  Shank / ... (3 episodes, 1996-1997)
Once a Thief (1996)  McCoy Matsumoto (1 episode, 1997)
Muppets Tonight (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Homeboys in Outer Space (1996)  George Takei (1 episode, 1997)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Himself (5 episodes, 2003-2014)
Star Trek: Voyager (1995)  Captain Sulu (1 episode, 1996)
Brotherly Love (1995)  George Takei (1 episode, 1995)
In the House (1995)  Dr. Vince O'Toole (1 episode, 1997)
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1995)  Change / ... (2 episodes, 1995-1997)
Minor Adjustments (1995)  Simms (1 episode, 1996)
Jeungbal (1994) Han Seoung Tae
Oblivion (1994) Doc Valentine
Spider-Man (1994)  Wong (1 episode, 1996)
Howard Stern (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 1994)
Live by the Fist (1993) Uncle Coronado
Diagnosis Murder (1993)  #1 Man In Black (1 episode, 1998)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Himself - Drum Sulu Week Preview (uncredited) (1 episo
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (1993)  Colonel Ong (1 episode, 1995)
Good Day L.A. (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
GMTV (1993)  Himself (2 episodes, 2007-2009)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself (3 episodes, 1994-2008)
The Curse of the Dragon (1993) Narrator
Moving Memories (1993) Himself
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) Sulu
Lightning Force (1991)  General Seng (2 episodes, 1992)
Star Trek Adventure (1991) Sulu
Prisoners of the Sun (1990) Vice-Admiral Baron Takahashi
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) Sulu
Return from the River Kwai (1989) Lieutenant Tanaka
The Simpsons (1989)  Akira / ... (4 episodes, 1991-2013)
Sidewalks Entertainment (1988)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
Inside Edition (1988)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) Sulu
Jonny Quest (1986)  Additional Voices (unknown episodes)
Adderly (1986)  Frank Tanaka (1 episode, 1987)
MacGyver (1985)  Dr. Shen Wei (1 episode, 1986)
CBS Storybreak (1985) (1 episode, 1985)
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) Sulu
Murder, She Wrote (1984)  Bert Tanaka (1 episode, 1987)
Miami Vice (1984)  Kenneth Togaru (1 episode, 1987)
Cinema 3 (1984)  Himself (1 episode, 1991)
Showbiz Today (1984)  Sulu (archive footage) (1 episode, 1991)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) Sulu
Matt Houston (1982)  Sam Shima (1 episode, 1983)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (6 episodes, 2008-2009)
Beyond Westworld (1980)  Doctor (1 episode, 1980)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) Sulu
Trapper John, M.D. (1979)  Dr. Chung (1 episode, 1983)
Vega$ (1978)  Medical Examiner (1 episode, 1979)
Black Sheep Squadron (1976)  Maj. Kato (1 episode, 1976)
Khan! (1975) (1 episode, 1975)
The Six Million Dollar Man (1974)  Chin-Ling (1 episode, 1974)
Chico and the Man (1974)  Yoshi Nakamura (1 episode, 1975)
Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973)  Sulu / ... (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Josie's Castle (1971) Ken
O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (1971)  Joe Lew (1 episode, 1971)
Which Way to the Front? (1970) Yamashita
Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969)  Fred (1 episode, 1970)
The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1969)  Mr. Sato (1 episode, 1969)
Bracken's World (1969)  Akira (1 episode, 1969)
The Green Berets (1968) Capt. Nim
Hawaii Five-O (1968)  Nathaniel Blake (1 episode, 1975)
It Takes a Thief (1968)  Wo (1 episode, 1968)
The Moviemakers (1968) Himself (uncredited)
The Big Mouth (1967) Diamond Jeweler (uncredited)
Ironside (1967)  Tsutomu Watari (1 episode, 1971)
See You in Hell, Darling (1966) Attorney Ord Long
Walk Don't Run (1966) Police Captain
Star Trek (1966)  Sulu (51 episodes, 1966-1969)
Mission: Impossible (1966)  Roger Lee (1 episode, 1966)
Felony Squad (1966)  Jimmy Ito (1 episode, 1967)
Red Line 7000 (1965) Kato
Morituri (1965) Junior Officer (uncredited)
I Spy (1965)  Ito / ... (2 episodes, 1965-1966)
Mister Roberts (1965) (2 episodes, 1965)
The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1965) (2 episodes, 1965-1966)
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964)  Cheng (1 episode, 1965)
PT 109 (1963) Helmsman on Japanese Destroyer (uncredited)
General Hospital (1963)  Diem (1985) (unknown episodes)
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963)  Fahn (1 episode, 1966)
Mr. Novak (1963)  Walter (1 episode, 1963)
The Gallant Men (1962)  Harry Ochi (1 episode, 1963)
A Majority of One (1961) Mr. Asano's Son (uncredited)
Hell to Eternity (1960) George Une (as George Takai)
Ice Palace (1960) Wang
My Three Sons (1960)  Ham Radio Operator / ... (3 episodes, 1964-1965)
The Islanders (1960)  Tsung / ... (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Assignment: Underwater (1960)  Kenji (1 episode, 1960)
Never So Few (1959) Soldier in Hospital (uncredited)
Battle of the Coral Sea (1959) Japanese Radio Officer (uncredited)
Twilight Zone (1959)  Arthur Takamuri / ... (1 episode, 1964)
Hawaiian Eye (1959)  Hiroshi Kawagani / ... (4 episodes, 1960-1961)
Perry Mason (1957)  Toma Sakai (1 episode, 1959)
Rodan (1956) Professor Kashiwagi (voice) (uncredited)
Playhouse 90 (1956) (1 episode, 1959)
Godzilla Raids Again (1955) Voice (voice) (uncredited)
Death Valley Days (1952)  Wong Lee (1 episode, 1965)
Today (1952)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)

Producer ( 1 credit )

The Potential Wives of Norman Mao (2011) executive producer

Writer ( 1 credit )

Space Travelers (2009) (writer)

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