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Also Known As: George Hosato Takei Died:
Born: April 20, 1937 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, novelist

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A hero to science fiction fans and the Asian community alike, George Takei was an actor, writer and activist who earned his place in pop culture history as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the starship Enterprise on "Star Trek" (NBC, 1966-68) and six of its subsequent feature film spin-offs. Takei had been a prolific actor on television and in films and theater prior to "Star Trek," and he continued to appear in a wide variety of projects after its demise, including the science fiction series "Heroes" (NBC, 2006-2010) and as a popular guest announcer for Howard Stern's radio program. A well-known political activist in San Francisco and West Hollywood, Takei also brought a familiar and friendly face to the debate over gay rights and gay marriage after revealing his own homosexuality in 2005, shocking many a Trekkie with his longtime closeted way of life. Whether it was for his iconic signature role as the dedicated Enterprise helmsman, the unmistakable tenor of his baritone voice, or for his work as an advocate within the Japanese and gay communities, Takei continued to engender the admiration and devotion of generations of fans.

A hero to science fiction fans and the Asian community alike, George Takei was an actor, writer and activist who earned his place in pop culture history as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the starship Enterprise on "Star Trek" (NBC, 1966-68) and six of its subsequent feature film spin-offs. Takei had been a prolific actor on television and in films and theater prior to "Star Trek," and he continued to appear in a wide variety of projects after its demise, including the science fiction series "Heroes" (NBC, 2006-2010) and as a popular guest announcer for Howard Stern's radio program. A well-known political activist in San Francisco and West Hollywood, Takei also brought a familiar and friendly face to the debate over gay rights and gay marriage after revealing his own homosexuality in 2005, shocking many a Trekkie with his longtime closeted way of life. Whether it was for his iconic signature role as the dedicated Enterprise helmsman, the unmistakable tenor of his baritone voice, or for his work as an advocate within the Japanese and gay communities, Takei continued to engender the admiration and devotion of generations of fans.

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 Eat With Me (2014)
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 Free Birds (2013)
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 Larry Crowne (2011)
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 Pool Boys, The (2009)
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 A.I. Assault (2006)
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Relocated with family to the Rohwer War Relocation Center in Arkansas after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor
1956:
Provided voiceover for several characters in the English dub of the Japanese monster film "Rodan"
1959:
TV debut on the Emmy award winning series, "Playhouse 90" (CBS)
1960:
First notable film role, "Ice Palace"
1966:
Breakthrough role, playing Mr. Sulu on the sci-fi series, "Star Trek" (NBC)
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Hosted (also produced) the public-affairs show for KNBC, "Expressions: East/West"
1973:
Voiced Mr. Sulu for NBC's animated series, "Star Trek"
1979:
Reprised role of Mr. Sulu for "Star Trek: The Motion Picture"
1979:
Co-wrote (with Robert Asprin) the science-fiction novel <i>Mirror Friend, Mirror Foe</i>
1982:
Again portrayed Mr. Sulu in "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan"
1984:
Once again reprised role of Mr. Sulu for "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock"
1986:
Co-starred in "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home"
1989:
Played Mr. Sulu for the fifth film, "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier"
1989:
Played a leading role in the feature film, "Return to the River Kwai"
1991:
Last film appearance as Mr. Sulu in "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country"
1998:
Voiced First Ancestor Fain Disney's animated feature "Mulan"
1999:
Voiced the villainous Mr. Fixx in animated series, "Batman Beyond"
2003:
Voiced Sensei in Disney's animated series, "Kim Possible"
2007:
Joined the cast of NBC's "Heroes" playing the father of Hiro Nakamura
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Education

Los Angeles High School: Los Angeles , California -
University of California, Berkeley: Berkeley , California -
Desilu Workshop: Los Angeles , California -
Shakespeare Institute: -
University of California, Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California - 1960
University of California, Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California - 1964

Notes

Mr. Sulu's first name is Hikaru.

In 1986 Takei became the first Japanese-American actor to be granted a star on Hollywood's fabled Walk of Fame.

Takei was nominated in 1988 for a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Recording for the novelization of "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home".

Takei is a recipient of the Scotsman First Award, for the play "Undertow" by Simon Wincelberg, performed at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival (1988)

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"Mirror Friend, Mirror Foe" Playboy Press
"To The Stars"

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