George Takei is best known for his role as helmsman Hikaru Sulu on the USS Enterprise, not the Navy ship of today, but the space faring vessel of tomorrow on the hit television series Star Trek.
Just to name a few, Takei has also appeared in the film The Green Berets (1968) as Captain Nim, a South Vietnamese Army officer, alongside John Wayne’s character, had an uncredited role in PT-109 (1963), in an episode of Mission: Impossible (1966), two Jerry Lewis comedies, and narrated the award-winning documentary “The Japanese Sword as the Soul of the Samurai” in 1969. He appeared in Never So Few with Frank Sinatra, Ice Palace with Richard Burton, Hell to Eternity with Jeffrey Hunter, A Majority of One with Alec Guinnes, Red Line 7000 with James Caan, Walk, Don’t Run with Cary Grant, had a lead role in The Encounter (1964), and appeared in an episode of Twilight Zone that wasn’t syndicated in the US. (I didn’t know that even existed!) Star Trek: Voyager also hosted him in an episode and he portrayed Sulu in six Star Trek films.
Takei isn’t a stranger to the gaming world either. Takei reprised his role of Captain Sulu on the bridge of the original Enterprise computer game “Star Trek: Captain’s Chair.”
Social media loves George Takei and apparently he loves social media. George Takei’s Facebook page, at this writing, has 5,474,184 likes.
“Oh, my!” You might say. And I agree. He’s an outspoken actor, funny, witty, and vocal proponent of gay rights. His Facebook posts always make me smile and often make me think (hard to do in today’s media world).
Takei has an ebook out. Oh Myyy! (There Goes the Internet) (Life, the Internet and Everything) is available on the Kindle at Amazon.com.
And he has a musical, Allegiance, A New American Musical about family and the Japanese American Internment of World War II, of which he, himself, experienced as a child.
But the best news for us Takei-ans, or is that Sulu-sans? Whatever you call the legions of George Takei’s fans (I’m one of them), the best news is that Takei will grace Plano and do an autograph session at Madness Comics & Games, 3000 Custer Road, Suite 310, Plano, TX from 6pm to 8pm (as if two hours would do Takei justice, prepare yourself, Captain Sulu, for fan-mobs!).
Saturday, Takei will narrate to music from Star Trek, Star Wars, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Close Encounters, and more, called the “Sci-Fi Spectacular” at the Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, TX at 7:30 pm.