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. In 1991 he left his signature and hand print in cement, in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater.
His first book, his autobiography, To the Stars, was published in 1994, and in 2012 he published his second book, Oh Myyy! There Goes The Internet, about his forays on social media and the Internet, making the Amazon e-book best-seller list in 2012 and then again with the paperback edition in 2013.
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