George Takei is an American actor and author, best known for his role Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the television series Star Trek. He voiced the Warden of the prison rig in Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Takei came out as homosexual in 2005. He married his partner, Brad Altman, in May 2008, shortly after California legalized gay marriage. Their marriage was unaffected by the November 2008 Proposition 8, where voters chose to re-illegalize gay marriage, a proposition later overturned by a Federal District Court but still technically in effect due to a stay.
Takei began his illustrious career in 1955 with an uncredited role in Gigantis the Fire Monster. He also played a role in a 1964 episode in 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.