Happy birthday George Hosato Takei (pronounced “Ta-Kay”) born April 20, 1937.
He is a Japanese-American actor best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu in the Star Trek franchise.
He debuted as Sulu in the second pilot of the original series, “Where No Man Has Gone Before”, with his character making the transition from the physics department to the helm by the next episode, “The Corbomite Maneuver”. In total, he appeared in 51 of the 79 original series episodes.
He later voiced Sulu in the animated series and displayed his vocal talents playing other guest characters. He then reprised the role in the first six Star Trek motion pictures, and “Flashback”, an episode of Star Trek: Voyager.
He has both narrated and recorded dialogue as Sulu in numerous audio novels and interactive games. Due to the fact that Sulu did not appear in the episode “The Trouble with Tribbles” (he was filming The Green Berets at the time), Takei was the only Original Series star not to appear in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 30th anniversary episode “Trials and Tribble-ations”. He did, however, appear as Captain Sulu in Star Trek: Voyager’s 30th anniversary episode, “Flashback”.
Takei played Sulu in an episode of the fan films Star Trek: New Voyages entitled “World Enough and Time”, which premiered in 2007 and featured fellow Trek performers Grace Lee Whitney, Majel Barrett Roddenberry, James Cawley, Jeffery Quinn, and John Carrigan.
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