George Takei: Birthday

American actor and writer
Born: April 20, 1937

George Takei is a renowned actor, author, and activist, best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu in the original “Star Trek” television series and subsequent movies. Born on April 20, 1937, in Los Angeles, California, Takei’s career in Hollywood spans over six decades.

During World War II, Takei and his family were among the Japanese Americans interned in U.S. internment camps, an experience that deeply influenced his later activism for human rights and social justice. After the war, he studied architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, before pursuing acting.

Takei’s breakthrough came with his role in “Star Trek,” where he portrayed the helmsman of the USS Enterprise. His character, Sulu, became a cultural icon, and Takei reprised the role in numerous “Star Trek” films and TV series.

Apart from acting, Takei is an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, Asian American and Pacific Islander representation, and social justice issues. He has authored several books, including his autobiography “To the Stars,” which chronicles his life from his childhood in the internment camps to his success in Hollywood and activism.

Today, George Takei continues to be a prominent voice in the entertainment industry and a passionate advocate for equality and justice.

George Takei’s 5 most popular quotes

  • But when we came out of camp, that’s when I first realized that being in camp and being Japanese-American was something shameful.
  • I am the grandson of immigrants from Japan who went to America, boldly going to a strange new world, seeking new opportunities. My mother was born in Sacramento, California. My father was a San Franciscan. They met and married in Los Angeles, and I was born there.
  • When Pearl Harbor was bombed, young Japanese-Americans, like all young Americans, rushed to their draft board to volunteer to fight for our country. That act of patriotism was answered with a slap in the face. We were denied service and categorized as enemy non-alien.
  • We have to remember that Putin was a member of the KGB. He has already demonstrated that kind of macho, dictatorial attitude. Russia has breached their pledge to uphold the Olympic Charter. This is a great opportunity for the IOC to say we cannot, given the situation that exists currently, allow the Olympics to take place in Russia.
  • Even before I could vote, I was involved in the political arena. My father was an admirer of Adlai Stevenson, and he took me to the Stevenson for President headquarters, and he volunteered me. That was my introduction to electoral politics, which was exciting, fun, thrilling, and very theatrical.
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