Why Famous: Born to Japanese American parents in Los Angeles, George Takei and his family were interred during WWII.
As an actor Takei is most famous for his role as Lt. Hikaru Sulu in the "Star Trek" TV series opposite William Shatner and Leonard Nimroy 1966-69. He went on to feature in the animated series and several Star Trek films.
Takei is also a successful writer and activist, speaking out on immigration and LGBT rights
- 2008-09-14 Actor George Takei (68) weds Brad Altman at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles
- 1964-12-12 Shooting starts for "Star Trek" pilot "The Cage" (Menagerie)
- 1966-09-08 "Star Trek" premieres on NBC-TV
- 1994-04-13 Asteroid 7373 Takei discovered and named after Star Trek actor George Takei