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.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, writer
Birth Details
April 20, 1937
Los Angeles, California, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • 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.
  • RECORDINGS
  • 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
  • WRITINGS
  • 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

OTHER SOURCES

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

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