1. George Hosato Takei is an American actor, director, author, and activist of Japanese descent.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Takei is a proponent of LGBT rights and is active in state and local politics.
5. He has won several awards and accolades in his work on human rights and Japan–United States relations, including his work with the Japanese American National Museum.
6. George Takei had several relatives living in Japan during World War II.
7. Among them, he had an aunt and infant cousin who lived in Hiroshima who were both killed during the atomic bombing that destroyed the city.
8. At the end of World War II, Takei and his family returned to Los Angeles.
9. He attended Mount Vernon Junior High School, where he served as student body president at Los Angeles High School.
10. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop 379 of the Koyasan Buddhist Temple. Upon graduation from high school, Takei enrolled in the University of California, Berkeley where he studied architecture.
11. Later he attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in theater in 1960 and a Master of Arts in theater in 1964. He attended the Shakespeare Institute at Stratford-upon-Avon in England, and Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan.
12. Takei began his career in Hollywood in the late 1950s, providing voiceover for characters in the English dub of the Japanese monster films Godzilla Raids Again a.k.a.
13. Gigantis the Fire Monster, for the latter of which he recalled, “here was one word that we had tremendous difficulty getting the meaning of and finding an English word that fit the lip movement.
14. The director, Takei said, had him use the phrase “banana oil.” He went on to appear in the anthology television series Playhouse 90 and the Perry Mason episode “The Case of the Blushing Pearls”.
15. He guest starred in the third season fifth episode of Hawaiian Eye “Thomas Jefferson Chu.”
16. He originated the role of George in the musical Fly Blackbird!, but when the show traveled from Los Angeles to Broadway the west coast actors were forced to audition and the role went to William Sugihara instead.
17. He featured in a lead role in “The Encounter” , an episode of The Twilight Zone in which he played the guilt-ridden son of a traitor who signaled Japanese pilots during the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
18. He also appeared in two Jerry Lewis comedies, The Big Mouth and Which Way to the Front?
19. In 1969 Takei narrated the documentary The Japanese Sword as the Soul of the Samurai.