George Takei (Japanese: ジョージ・タケイ; born Hosato Takei, April 20, 1937) is an American actor and activist. He is internationally known for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the fictional starship USS Enterprise in the television series Star Trek and subsequent films.
Takei was born to Japanese-American parents, with whom he lived in U.S.-run internment camps during World War II. He began pursuing acting in college, which led in 1965 to the role of Sulu, to which he returned periodically into the 1990s. Upon coming out as gay in 2005, he became a prominent proponent of LGBT rights and active in state and local politics. He has been a vocal advocate of the rights of immigrants, in part through his work on the 2012 Broadway show Allegiance about the internment experience.
Takei's first appearances on film were just his voice.
- Rodan (Movie) (1956) = Professor Kashiwagi (English version, voice, uncredited)
- Godzilla Raids Again (Movie) (1955) - Commander of Landing Craft (English version, voice, uncredited)
Takei appears in The Simpsons as Wink the game show host in the episode "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo" on May 16, 1999.
Takei has appeared in the Simpsons three other times
- As Akira in One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish
- A Chinese waiter in The Old Man and the Key
- As himself in The Burns Cage.
He was going to appear in Marge vs. the Monorail but was replaced by Leonard Nimoy.
- The Barter (I Spy): S1.E16, aired Jan 12, 1966 as Yuze
- Sword of the Samurai (Hawaiian Eye): S1.E18, Feb 3, 1960, as Hiroshi Kawagani
- Gentleman Friend (The Courtship of Eddie's Father) S1.E9, November 12, 1969 as Mr. Sato
- Chico and the Man (TV Series) Mister Butterfly (1975) ... Yoshi Nakamura