as Sam Kimura
SAM KIMURA is an elderly veteran and war hero from World War II, living alone and hardened against the world. He has not spoken to his family for over fifty years, but remains haunted by a longing for things lost decades ago. Sam stands with the “old guard” of the Japanese American Citizens League, who condemned those who resisted the draft during World War II or showed any other sign of disloyalty to the United States. But a surprise visit from a stranger, just after the events of 9/11, rekindles memories, and Sam rediscovers things he once knew, and learns new information that gives him a second chance to reconcile with his past and his family.
George Takei is best known for his portrayal of Mr. Sulu in the acclaimed television and film series Star Trek.
Takei’s acting career has spanned five decades, with more than 40 feature films and hundreds of television guest-starring roles to his credit. Takei is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Actors’ Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
With the outbreak of World War II, Los Angeles, California, born Takei and his family were placed behind the barbed-wire enclosures of United States internment camps along with 120,000 other Japanese Americans. Takei spent most of his childhood at Camp Rohwer in the swamps of Arkansas and at wind-swept Camp Tule Lake in northern California. At the end of the war, Takei’s family returned to their native Los Angeles.
Now a community activist, Takei serves as chair of the council of governors of East West Players, the nation’s foremost Asian Pacific American theater. He is also a member of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender political organization. Takei is Chairman Emeritus of the Japanese American National Museum’s Board of Trustees; a member of the US-Japan Bridging Foundation’s Board of Directors; and served on the Board of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission under President Clinton. In recognition of his contribution to the Japan-United States relationship, Takei was conferred with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan in 2004.
Takei shared a Grammy nomination with Leonard Nimoy in 1987 in the “Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Recording” category. Takei also received a star on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame in 1986. And in 1991 he left his signature and hand print, in cement, in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Later this year Takei will release his first book since his autobiography, To the Stars, was published in 1994.
Takei and his husband, Brad Takei, were married at the Japanese American National Museum on Sept. 14, 2008.
For more information, visit George Takei’s Official Website