George Takei (Born April 20, 1937)
Takei graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1956 and enrolled at the University of California at Berkeley to study architecture. He later transferred to UCLA where he received both a BA and a master's degree in theater. Takei further honed his acting skills at the Shakespeare Institute at Stratford-uponAvon in England. Starting in the late '50s Takei regularly appeared on various television shows, including The Twilight Zone and Mission Impossible, and in a number of feature films. In 1965 Gene Roddenberry cast him as Mr. Sulu in Star Trek, a role he played for the duration of the acclaimed TV series (which ran from 1966-1969) and in the first six Star Trek films. Takei has since been a regular on the sci-fi convention circuit and has acted continuously, doing voice roles for animated shows and films, along with numerous guest appearances on TV dramas, sitcoms, and reality shows. Continue . . .