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George Takei

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Actor, Best Known for His Role in "Star Trek;" LGBT & Japanese-American Civil Rights Activist

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 George Takei Biography

Born in Los Angeles, California, George Takei overcame the racial barriers of his time to launch a successful acting career. He starred as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu during the three-year television run of “Star Trek,” and later reprised the role for six movies. Prominently involved with gay rights and Japanese-American groups, Takei has become a highly popular social-media presence.

At the age of 5, Takei and his family were uprooted from their home and forced to live at Japanese-American internment camps in Arkansas and northern California. They returned to Los Angeles after World War II, and Takei enrolled at the University of California at Berkeley to study architecture.

While in college, Takei responded to a newspaper ad looking for Asian voiceover actors for the English version of the Japanese monster movie “Rodan” (1956). That led to more voiceover work, as well as small parts in television programs such as Perry Mason and the film “Ice Palace” (1960). Deciding to focus on acting full time, Takei transferred to the University of California Los Angeles, where he earned both a bachelor's and master's degree in theater.

In 1966, Takei became one of the few Asian Americans to be featured prominently on TV when he starred as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu on the science-fiction series “Star Trek.” He returned after taking time off during the second season to film “The Green Berets” (1968), but his role as Sulu was temporarily shelved when Star Trek was canceled in 1969.

Takei continued to make regular TV appearances in the 1970s, on such programs as “The Six Million Dollar Man” and “Hawaii Five-O,” while providing the voice of Sulu for the “Star Trek” animated series. Momentum gathered for the making of the movie, and Takei reunited with the rest of his old castmates for “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” (1979) and five sequels over the next dozen years.

The 1990s brought a steady stream of voiceover gigs, with Takei's signature baritone surfacing in the Disney animated feature “Mulan” (1998) and episodes of “The Simpsons.” The veteran actor also became a semi-regular guest on the Howard Stern Show, and in 2006, he was named Stern's official announcer following the shock-jock's move to Sirius XM Radio.

Takei was involved in a project close to his heart when he took on a starring role in “Allegiance,” a production about the World War II internment of Japanese Americans. The play premiered at San Diego's Old Globe Theater in September 2012.

Takei has remained a busy man away from show business. After narrowly losing his bid for a seat on the Los Angeles City Council in 1973, he joined the board of directors for the Southern California Transit District from 1973 to 1984.

Takei served on the board of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission for President Bill Clinton, and was conferred with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan in 2004. He is also chairman emeritus of the Japanese American National Museum's board of trustees and serves as chair of the council of governors of East West Players, a renowned Asian-American theater organization.

In 2005, Takei publicly announced his homosexuality to Frontiers magazine. He married his longtime partner, Brad Altman, in September 2008.

In recent years, Takei has earned a following from a new generation of fans with his funny, incisive posts on Facebook and Twitter. His expansive social-media presence, guest stints on some of today’s most popular sitcoms and the 2013 release of “Star Trek Into Darkness,” has helped keep this accomplished actor and activist in the public eye.

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To the Stars: The Autobiography of George Takei, Star Trek's Mr. Sulu

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George Takei

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Actor, Best Known for His Role in "Star Trek;" LGBT & Japanese-American Civil Rights Activist

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George Takei Biography

Born in Los Angeles, California, George Takei overcame the racial barriers of his time to launch a successful acting career. He starred as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu during the three-year television run of “Star Trek,” and later reprised the role for six movies. Prominently involved with gay rights and Japanese-American groups, Takei has become a highly popular social-media presence.

At the age of 5, Takei and his family were uprooted from their home and forced to live at Japanese-American internment camps in Arkansas and northern California. They returned to Los Angeles after World War II, and Takei enrolled at the University of California at Berkeley to study architecture.

While in college, Takei responded to a newspaper ad looking for Asian voiceover actors for the English version of the Japanese monster movie “Rodan” (1956). That led to more voiceover work, as well as small parts in television programs such as Perry Mason and the film “Ice Palace” (1960). Deciding to focus on acting full time, Takei transferred to the University of California Los Angeles, where he earned both a bachelor's and master's degree in theater.

In 1966, Takei became one of the few Asian Americans to be featured prominently on TV when he starred as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu on the science-fiction series “Star Trek.” He returned after taking time off during the second season to film “The Green Berets” (1968), but his role as Sulu was temporarily shelved when Star Trek was canceled in 1969.

Takei continued to make regular TV appearances in the 1970s, on such programs as “The Six Million Dollar Man” and “Hawaii Five-O,” while providing the voice of Sulu for the “Star Trek” animated series. Momentum gathered for the making of the movie, and Takei reunited with the rest of his old castmates for “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” (1979) and five sequels over the next dozen years.

The 1990s brought a steady stream of voiceover gigs, with Takei's signature baritone surfacing in the Disney animated feature “Mulan” (1998) and episodes of “The Simpsons.” The veteran actor also became a semi-regular guest on the Howard Stern Show, and in 2006, he was named Stern's official announcer following the shock-jock's move to Sirius XM Radio.

Takei was involved in a project close to his heart when he took on a starring role in “Allegiance,” a production about the World War II internment of Japanese Americans. The play premiered at San Diego's Old Globe Theater in September 2012.

Takei has remained a busy man away from show business. After narrowly losing his bid for a seat on the Los Angeles City Council in 1973, he joined the board of directors for the Southern California Transit District from 1973 to 1984.

Takei served on the board of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission for President Bill Clinton, and was conferred with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan in 2004. He is also chairman emeritus of the Japanese American National Museum's board of trustees and serves as chair of the council of governors of East West Players, a renowned Asian-American theater organization.

In 2005, Takei publicly announced his homosexuality to Frontiers magazine. He married his longtime partner, Brad Altman, in September 2008.

In recent years, Takei has earned a following from a new generation of fans with his funny, incisive posts on Facebook and Twitter. His expansive social-media presence, guest stints on some of today’s most popular sitcoms and the 2013 release of “Star Trek Into Darkness,” has helped keep this accomplished actor and activist in the public eye.

George Takei Videos

  • George Takei acceptance speech -- 2016 MPAC Media Awards ...
  • Then George Takei Brought Up Homosexuality.
  • George Takei: All Humans Are Created Equal

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  • How to book George Takei?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like George Takei for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for George Takei, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for George Takei or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book George Takei?

    Booking fees for George Takei, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire George Takei, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for George Takei?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like George Takei for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book George Takei for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent George Takei or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for George Takei or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

George Takei is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book George Takei for your event is $50,000 - $100,000. George Takei generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Daymond John, Andy Cohen, Hill Harper, Bill Nye and Spike Lee. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling George Takei for an upcoming event.

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  • George Takei acceptance speech -- 2016 MPAC Media Awards ...
    Then George Takei Brought Up Homosexuality.
  • George Takei: All Humans Are Created Equal
    George Takei: Of Course Trump Is Wrong - Problem Is, He's Dangerous
  • George Takei: Why I love a country that once betrayed me

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