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George Hosato Takei is an American actor and author, best known for his role of Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise, in the television series Star Trek. He voiced the warden of the prison rig in one episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Avatar: The Last Airbender credits

Warden (prison rig)

Character information: Warden (prison rig)

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Television work

Filmography

Other credits

Biographical information

George Takei was born George Hosato Takei on April 20, 1937, in Los Angeles, California.

Personal life

Takei came out as homosexual in 2005 and married his partner, Brad Altman, in May 2008, shortly after California legalized gay marriage. Their marriage was unaffected by Proposition 8 in November 2008, where voters chose to re-illegalize gay marriage, but which was later overturned by a Federal District Court in 2010.

Career

Takei began his illustrious career in 1955 with an uncredited role in Godzilla Raids Again, released in the United States as Gigantis, the Fire Monster, and also had a role in a 1964 episode of The Twilight Zone. He is best known for his role as Sulu on Star Trek from 1966 to 1969, and again from 1973 to 1974. He played Sulu in six Star Trek Movies and provided his voice for several Star Trek video games. He appeared as Sulu once again in one episode of Star Trek New Voyages in 2007. His most recent major role was twelve episodes in the NBC drama Heroes between 2007 and 2010. He also starred in the 2011 film Larry Crowne alongside Tom Hanks, and was one of the competitors in the 2012 season of Celebrity Apprentice.

Awards

  • 2007: Won a San Diego Asian Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 1986: Earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (Television; 6681 Hollywood Blvd.)
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