George Hosato Takei is an American actor, director, author, and activist of Japanese descent. Takei is best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the television series Star Trek. He also portrayed the character in six Star Trek feature films and one episode of Star Trek: Voyager.
Takei’s involvement in social media has brought him fresh attention. As of February 2017, his Facebook page has over 10 million likes since he joined in 2011, and he frequently shares photos with original humorous commentary.
Takei is a proponent of LGBT rights and is active in state and local politics. He has won several awards and accolades for his work on human rights and Japan–United States relations, including his work with the Japanese American National Museum.
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1. George Takei’s Anglophile father named him after King George VI.
This king’s coronation took place three years before he was born.
2. He and his family were among the Japanese-Americans remanded to internment camps during the Second World War.
Takei was interned at Rohwer War Relocation Center in Arkansas and later at the Tule Lake camp in California, which was a maximum security camp for what were called “disloyals.” In 1981, Takei would testify before Congress about his years in the camps.
3. George Takei was student body president.
At Mount Vernon Junior High.
4. He studied acting in California at UCLA.
He later went abroad to study at both England’s Shakespeare Institute and Sophia University, a Jesuit college in Tokyo.
5. Takei’s first acting job was to dub Japanese dialogue into English.
It was for the 1956 movie Rodan.