George Takei Biography (1937-)

Full name, George Hosato Takei; born April 20, 1937, in Los Angeles, CA; sonof Takekuma Norman (in real estate) and Fumiko Emily (maiden name, Nakamura)Takei; married. Addresses: Agent: c/o Gerler/Stevens, 3349 Cahuenga Blvd. West, Suite 1, Los Angeles, CA 90068.; Contact: Hosato Enterprises, Inc.,419 N. Larchmont Blvd., Suite 41, Los Angeles, CA 90004.

Actor, writer
Birth Details
April 20, 1937
Los Angeles, California, United States

Famous Works

  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Mr. Sulu, Star Trek, NBC, 1966-1969
  • Mr. Sulu, Star Trek (animated; also known as The Animated Adventures of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek, Star Trek: TAS, Star Trek: The Animated Adventures, and Star Trek: The Animated Series), NBC, 1973-1975
  • Diem, General Hospital, 1985
  • Also appeared as voice of Ptolemy, the astronomy teacher, Hercules(animated; also known as Disney's Hercules), ABC and syndicated.
  • Movies
  • Mr. Sulu, Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before, 1966
  • Fred Eng, Year of the Dragon, 1975
  • Le Duc Tho, Kissinger and Nixon, 1995
  • Mr. Yamanaka, The Best Bad Thing, 1997
  • Voice of Mr. Fixx, Batman Beyond: The Movie (animated), The WB, 1999
  • Episodic
  • Toma Sakai, "The Case of the Blushing Pearls," Perry Mason, 1959
  • Hiroshi Kawagani, "Sword of the Samurai," Hawaiian Eye, 1960
  • "Jade Song," Hawaiian Eye, 1960
  • Larry Chang, "The Manchu Formula," Hawaiian Eye, 1961
  • Thomas Jefferson Chu, "Thomas Jefferson Chu," Hawaiian Eye, 1961
  • Taro, "The Encounter," The Twilight Zone, 1964
  • "Goldbrickers," The Wackiest Ship in the Army, NBC, 1965
  • Major Chang, "The Silent Saboteurs," Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, 1965
  • Won Tsun, "Hong Kong Story," My Three Sons, 1965
  • "My Father's Keeper," The Wackiest Ship in the Army, 1966
  • Roger Lee, "The Carriers," Mission: Impossible, 1966
  • Jimmy Ito, "A Blueprint for Dying," Felony Squad, 1967
  • "To Catch a Roaring Lion," It Takes a Thief, 1968
  • Mr. Sato, "Gentleman Friend," The Courtship of Eddie's Father, 1969
  • "King of the Mountain," Kung Fu, 1972
  • Voice of Megan, "The Magicks of Megas-Tu," Star Trek (animated; also known as The Animated Adventures of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek, Star Trek: TAS, Star Trek: The Animated Adventures, and StarTrek: The Animated Series), NBC, 1973
  • Voice of amusement park computer, "Once Upon a Planet," Star Trek(animated; also known as The Animated Adventures of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek, Star Trek: TAS, Star Trek: The Animated Adventures,and Star Trek: The Animated Series), NBC, 1973
  • Voices of First Klingon and Commander Kuri, "The Time Trap," Star Trek (animated; also known as The Animated Adventures of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek, Star Trek: TAS, Star Trek: The Animated Adventures, and Star Trek: The Animated Series), NBC, 1973
  • Chin Lang, "The Coward," The Six Million Dollar Man, 1974
  • Voices of Huron helmsman and Orion lieutenant, "The Pirates of Orion," Star Trek (animated; also known as The Animated Adventures of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek, Star Trek: TAS, Star Trek: The AnimatedAdventures, and Star Trek: The Animated Series), NBC, 1974
  • Nathanial Blake, "Death's Name Is SAM," Hawaii Five-O, 1975
  • Yoshi Akimura, "Mister Butterfly," Chico and the Man, 1975
  • Major Kato, "Up for Grabs," Baa Baa Black Sheep, 1976
  • Medical examiner, "Ghost of Ripper," Vega$, 1979
  • "The Rock and the Hard Place," Matt Houston, 1983
  • Dr. Shen Wei, "The Wish Child," MacGyver, 1986
  • Bert Tanaka, "The Bottom Line Is Murder," Murder, She Wrote, 1987
  • Kenneth Togaru, "By Hooker by Crook," Miami Vice, 1987
  • Frank Tanaka, "To Better Days," Adderly, 1987
  • Voice of Akira, "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish," The Simpsons, Fox, 1991
  • General Seng, "M.I.A.: Parts 1 & 2," Lightning Force, 1992
  • The Howard Stern Show, 1994
  • Colonel Ong, "The Return of Sing Ling," Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, 1995
  • Voice, "The Emperor's New Clothes," Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (animated), HBO, 1995
  • Shank, "Spung at Heart," Space Cases, 1996
  • Simms, "The Ungrateful Dead, Minor Adjustments, 1996
  • Voices of Wong and Monk, "Sins of the Father: Part 1: Dr. Strange," Spider-Man, 1996
  • Captain Hikaru Sulu, "Flashback," Star Trek: Voyager, 1996
  • Himself, "Hotel Dick," 3rd Rock from the Sun, 1996
  • Voice of Phoebe's dad, "Phoebe Cheats," Hey Arnold! (animated), 1997
  • Himself, "The Adventures of Ratman and Gerbil or, Holy Homeboys in OuterSpace," Homeboys in Outer Space, 1997
  • McCoy Matsumoto, "Art of Death," Once a Thief, 1997
  • Dr. Vince O'Toole, "The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of," In the House, 1997
  • Mr. Lee, "Blackout," Early Edition, CBS, 1998
  • Government agent, "Alienated," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1998
  • Voice of Mr. Fixx, "Rebirth: Parts 1 & 2," Batman Beyond (animated), The WB, 1999
  • Voices of game show host, "Thirty Minutes over Tokyo," The Simpsons, Fox, 1999
  • KOP/himself, "A. I. Highrise," V.I.P., syndicated, 2001
  • Mr. Shen, "Here There Be Dragons," The Chronicle, Sci-Fi Channel,2001
  • Voice of waiter, "A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love," The Simpsons, Fox,2001
  • Voice of Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu, "Where No Fan Has Gone Before," Futurama, Fox, 2002
  • Also appeared in episodes of Perry Mason, CBS, Alcoa Premiere, ABC, Mr. Novak, NBC, The John Forsythe Show, I Spy,NBC, Magnum P.I., CBS, and 77 Sunset Strip; in "Made in Japan,"Playhouse 90, CBS; in "What a Difference a Day Makes," Trapper John, M.D., CBS; in " ... and Fanboy Was His Name," Freakazoid (animated); as voice of Bonsai, "Ugly Zoe," Baby Blues (animated); and as voice of Zen master, "Zen and the Art of Milo," Pepper Ann (animated).
  • Specials
  • Saturn Awards, 1981
  • Doctor Who Who's Who, 1986
  • Stand-up Comics Take a Stand!, The Family Channel, 1989
  • Himself, Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special, 1991
  • The Year of the Generals, CBS, 1992
  • Star Trek: A Captain's Log, CBS, 1994
  • (In archive footage) Ultimate Trek: Star Trek's Greatest Moments,UPN, 1999
  • Spotlight on George Takei, 2000
  • Spotlight on Trek, 2001
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Provided additional voices, Star Trek (animated; also known as The Animated Adventures of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek, Star Trek: TAS, Star Trek: The Animated Adventures, and Star Trek: The Animated Series), NBC, Spider-Man (animated), and Jonny Quest (animated). Also producer and host of public affairs show, Expressions: East/West, KNBC, late 1960s to early 1970s.
  • Film Appearances
  • (Uncredited) Soldier in hospital, Never So Few (also known as Campaign Burma), 1959
  • Wang, Ice Palace, Warner Bros., 1960
  • Mr. Asano's son, A Majority of One, Warner Bros., 1962
  • George, Hell to Eternity, Allied Artists, 1962
  • Ord Long, An American Dream (also known as See You in Hell, Darling), Warner Bros., 1962
  • (Uncredited) Helmsman on Japanese destroyer, PT 109, 1963
  • (Uncredited) Junior officer, Morituri (also known as The Saboteur: Code Name Morituri), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1965
  • Kato, Red Line 7000, Paramount, 1965
  • Police captain, Walk, Don't Run, Columbia, 1966
  • (Uncredited) Tempura, Murderers' Row, 1966
  • (Uncredited) Diamond jeweler, The Big Mouth, 1967
  • Captain Nim, The Green Berets, Warner Bros./Seven Arts, 1968
  • Yamashita, Which Way to the Front?, Warner Bros., 1970
  • Lieutenant Commander Hikaru Sulu, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Paramount, 1979
  • Commander Hikaru Sulu, Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan, Paramount, 1982
  • Commander Hikaru Sulu, Star Trek III: Search for Spock, Paramount,1984
  • Commander Hikaru Sulu, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Paramount, 1986
  • Narrator and host, Space Station, Centre Productions, 1986
  • Lieutenant Tanaka, Return from the River Kwai, 1988
  • Commander Hikaru Sulu, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Paramount,1989
  • Captain Hikaru Sulu, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Paramount, 1991
  • Vice Admiral Baron Takahashi, Prisoners of the Sun (also known asBlood Oath), Paramount Home Video, 1991
  • Uncle Coronado, Live by the Fist, Concorde-New Horizons Corporation, 1993
  • Narrator, Curse of the Dragon (documentary; also known as BruceLee: Curse of the Dragon), 1993
  • Han Seoung Tae, Vanished (also known as Chongbal), Hap DongFilms, 1994
  • Doc Valentine, Oblivion, 1994
  • Doc Valentine, Oblivion 2: Backlash (also known as Backlash: Oblivion 2), 1996
  • Himself, Trekkies, 1997
  • Ha Ping, The Magic Pearl, 1997
  • Voice of first ancestor, Mulan (animated), Buena Vista/Disney, 1998
  • Dr. Hiro Fujimoto, Bug Buster (also known as Some Things NeverDie), DMG Entertainment, 1998
  • Elliott, Who Gets the House?, Feature Films for Families, 1999
  • Noon Blue Apples, 2002
  • Stage Appearances
  • Undertow, Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1988
  • Sadao Nakasato, The Wash, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1990, then Center Theatre Group, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1990-1991
  • Reciter, Pacific Overtures, Dayton, OH, 2002
  • Also appeared in productions of Year of the Dragon, American PlaceTheatre, New York City; Fly Blackbird, Billy Rose Theatre, New York City, and Metro Theatre, Los Angeles; Snow White (musical), Dome Theatre, Brighton, England; and, as genie, Aladdin, Hexagon Theatre, Reading, England.
  • Video Games
  • Voice of Lieutenant Sulu, Star Trek: Judgment Rites, 1994
  • Voice of Captain Sulu, Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, 1997
  • Voice of Sulu, Star Trek: Starfleet Command (also known as StarTrek: Starfleet Command: Gold Edition), 1999
  • Voice of Sulu, Star Trek: Starfleet Command: Volume II: Empires at War, 2000
  • Videos
  • William Shatner's Star Trek Memories, 1995
  • Taped Readings
  • J. J. Molloy's Star Trek Cacophony: A Captain Sulu Adventure, Simon & Schuster, 1994
  • Narrated a number of audio books based on Star Trek novels, including Strangers from the Sky and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
  • Albums
  • Star Trek 25th Anniversary Audio Collection, Audioworks, 1991
  • Fiction
  • (With Robert Asprin) Mirror Friend, Mirror Foe (science fiction),Playboy (New York), 1979
  • Nonfiction
  • To the Stars: The Autobiography of George Takei, Pocket Books (NewYork), 1994

Further Reference


    • Contemporary Authors, Gale, 2001
    • Notable Asian Americans, Gale, 1995
    • Asian Reporter, December 5, 2000
    • Starlog, September, 1989, pp. 60-62
    • Transpacific, May/June, 1990, pp. 26-37, 58
    • George Takei-Official Site,, June 6, 2002

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