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Takei in 2011.
April 20, 1937
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Education||Los Angeles High School|
|Alma mater||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Occupation||Actor, author, and voice artist|
|Religion||Buddhism (Kōyasan Shingon-shū)|
|Spouse(s)||Brad Takei (né Brad Altman) (m. 2008)|
George Hosato Takei (武井 穂郷 Takei Hosato?, //; April 20, 1937) is an American actor and author, best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the television series Star Trek. He also portrayed the character in six Star Trek feature films and in an episode of Star Trek: Voyager. He is a proponent of gay rights and active in state and local politics apart from his continued acting career. He has won several awards and accolades in his work on human rights and Japanese–American relations, including his work with the Japanese American National Museum. He has achieved celebrity status among a younger generation as a prominent social networker, managing one of the most popular pages on Facebook.[neutrality is disputed]
Takei was born Hosato Takei in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California to Japanese American parents, Fumiko Emily (née Nakamura; born in Sacramento) and Takekuma Norman Takei, born in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, who worked in real estate. His father was an Anglophile, and named him George after George VI of the United Kingdom, whose coronation took place in 1937. In 1942, the Takei family was forced to live in the horse stables of Santa Anita Park before being sent to the Rohwer War Relocation Center for internment in Rohwer, Arkansas. The family was later transferred to the Tule Lake War Relocation Center in California. He and his family returned to Los Angeles at the end of World War II. He attended Mount Vernon Junior High School, where he served as student body president, and Los Angeles High School. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop 379 of the Koyasan Buddhist Temple. Upon graduation from high school, Takei enrolled in the University of California, Berkeley where he studied architecture. Later he attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in theater in 1960 and a Master of Arts in theater in 1964. He attended the Shakespeare Institute at Stratford-upon-Avon in England, and Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. In Hollywood, he studied acting at the Desilu Workshop.
Takei began his career in Hollywood in the late 1950s, at a time when Asians were rarely cast in American television shows and movies. His first role was providing voiceover for several characters in the English dub of Japanese monster films such as Godzilla Raids Again and Rodan, followed by an appearance in the Emmy award winning television series Playhouse 90 and Perry Mason The Case of the Blushing Pearls.
He originated the role of George in the musical Fly Blackbird!, but when the show traveled from Los Angeles to Broadway the west coast actors were forced to audition and the role went to William Sugihara instead. Eventually Sugihara had to give up the role and Takei closed out the show's final months.
Takei subsequently appeared alongside such actors as Frank Sinatra in Never So Few (uncredited), Richard Burton in Ice Palace, Jeffrey Hunter in Hell to Eternity, Alec Guinness in A Majority of One, James Caan in Red Line 7000 and Cary Grant in Walk, Don't Run. He featured in a lead role in "The Encounter" (1964), an episode of The Twilight Zone which is not syndicated in the United States.
He had an uncredited role in the film PT-109 (1963) as the helmsman who steers the Japanese destroyer over John F. Kennedy's Motor Torpedo Boat PT-109. He guest-starred in an episode of Mission: Impossible (1966) during that show's first season. He also appeared in two Jerry Lewis comedies, The Big Mouth and Which Way to the Front? In 1969 Takei narrated the award winning documentary The Japanese Sword as the Soul of the Samurai.
In 1965, producer Gene Roddenberry cast him as Hikaru Sulu in the second Star Trek pilot and eventually the Star Trek television series. It was intended that Sulu's role be expanded in the second season, but Takei's role as Captain Nim, a South Vietnamese Army officer, alongside John Wayne's character in The Green Berets meant that he only appeared in half the season, with Walter Koenig as Pavel Chekov substituting for him in the other episodes. When Takei returned, the two men had to share a dressing room and a single episode script. Takei admitted in an interview that he initially felt threatened by Koenig's presence, but later grew to be friends with him as the image of the officers sharing the ship's helm panel side-by-side became iconic.
Takei has since appeared in numerous TV and film productions, including the first six Star Trek motion pictures, and today he is a regular on the science fiction convention circuit throughout the world. He has also acted and provided voice acting for several science fiction computer games, including Freelancer and numerous Star Trek games. In 1996, in honor of the 30th anniversary of Star Trek, he reprised his role as Captain Hikaru Sulu on an episode of Star Trek: Voyager, appearing as a memory of Lt. Tuvok, who served on the USS Excelsior under Sulu, during the events of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
Takei is one of a number of Star Trek supporting cast members whose difficulties with William Shatner have become public. However, in an interview in the 2004 DVD set for the second season of Star Trek, Takei said of Shatner: "He's just a wonderful actor who created a singular character. No one could have done Kirk the way Bill did. His energy and his determination, that's Bill. And that's also Captain Kirk." He appeared alongside Shatner on the 2006 Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner in which the two mocked each other in good humor and embraced, Takei noting that he was "honored" to be there "despite our past tensions".
Takei is also one of six actors (the other actors being Jonathan Frakes, Kate Mulgrew, Michael Dorn, Avery Brooks and Majel Barrett) to lend his voice to Star Trek: Captain's Chair, reprising his role of Captain Hikaru Sulu when users visit the bridge of the original Enterprise in the computer game.
After Star Trek
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In 1972, Takei was an alternate delegate from California to the Democratic National Convention. The following year he ran for City Council of Los Angeles, finishing second, losing by just 1,647 votes. During the campaign, Takei's bid for the city councilman's seat caused one local station to stop running the repeats of the original Star Trek series until after the election and KNBC-TV to substitute the premiere episode of the Star Trek animated series scheduled by the network with another in which his character did not appear, in attempts to avoid violating the FCC's equal-time rule. The other candidates in the race complained that Takei's distinctive and powerful voice alone, even without his image on television every week, created an unfair advantage.
Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley later appointed Takei to the board of directors of the Southern California Rapid Transit District, making him part of the team that initiated and planned the Los Angeles subway system. Takei was called away from the set of Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1978 to cast the tie-breaking vote for the creation of the Los Angeles subway system. He served on the board from 1973 to 1984.
Takei starred as a Japanese officer in the 1990 Australian film Blood Oath, based on the real-life trial of Japanese soldiers for war crimes committed against Allied prisoners of war on the island of Ambon, in the Netherlands East Indies. In 1994, Takei published his autobiography, To the Stars. At one point he had hoped to do a movie or telefilm based on chapters dealing with the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, of which he had personal experience.
Takei provided the voice for a ruthless and cowardly warden in Season 1 Episode 6 (Imprisoned) of Avatar: The Last Airbender, which aired in March 2005.
In August 2006, Takei was a guest on the Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner. He sat on the dais, and was one of the many people who took part in the roasting, in which he took the time to verbally poke fun at Shatner.
In January 2007, Takei began appearing on Heroes, as Kaito Nakamura, a successful Japanese businessman and father to one of the main characters, time/space-travelling Hiro Nakamura, who also happens to be an obsessive fan of Star Trek. In the first episode Takei is portrayed, "Distractions", the license plate of the limo he arrives in is NCC-1701, another reference to the Star Trek series. Also, in "Run!", Hiro is called "Sulu" by a feisty vixen named Hope. Nakamura is also George's mother's maiden name. He appeared in all four seasons.
Takei appeared on the first episode of Secret Talents of the Stars, singing country music but was not selected to proceed to the next stage. However the point became moot as the series was abruptly cancelled after the opening episode.
In 2008 he appeared on the 8th season of the reality TV series I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! on British television. He lived in the Australian bush for 21 days and nights, doing tasks along with fellow campers in order to gain better meals and survive eviction from the show. His politeness and calmness made him popular with the other campers. Out of 15 participants the British public voted him into 3rd place behind 2nd placed Martina Navratilova and winner Joe Swash.
In 2008, he got a role in the real-time strategy game "Red Alert 3" as the Emperor Yoshiro of The Rising Sun.
In 2009, Takei appeared in an episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars as the Neimoidian general, Lok Durd. This was the first time in which a leading actor from Star Trek worked in a Star Wars production.
In April 2009, he voiced a fictitious version of himself in the NASA animated short "Robot Astronomy Talk Show: Gravity and the Great Attractor", part of the web-series IRrelevant Astronomy produced by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
In 2009, Takei and his husband Brad Altman appeared in a documentary short titled George & Brad in Bed that profiled their relationship.
In 2010, Takei recorded a series of PSAs for the Social Security Administration to help promote applying online for benefits.
Takei marked the 70th anniversary of the internment of Americans of Japanese descent, including himself as a child, by asking his readers to contact Congress to block S. 1253, the National Defense Authorization Act, that "would authorize a similar sweeping authority, granted to the President, to order the detention – without charge or trial – of any person even suspected of being associated with a 'terrorist organization'".
Takei was featured with Martin Sheen and Jamie Lee Curtis in a performance of Dustin Lance Black's play, 8 – a staged reenactment of the federal trial that overturned California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage – as William Tam. The production was held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre and broadcast on YouTube to raise money for the American Foundation for Equal Rights.
In 2012, Takei starred in the musical Allegiance which Takei described as his legacy project. The show is based on Takei's own experiences and research into the Japanese American internment of World War II and premiered at the Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park in San Diego, California.
In 2013, Takei was a Guest Judge in TBS's Realty show King of the Nerds, in which he is one of 3 Judges of the Cosplay Competition.
Takei made an appearance in issue no. 5 of Kevin Keller where the titular character cites George Takei as one of his heroes. Upon reading about Kevin with his partner, Takei decides to travel to Riverdale and surprise Kevin. Takei also wrote the foreword for the second volume of the Kevin Keller comics.
Starting in 2013 Takei became spokesperson for Rooms To Go, an American furniture retailer. He is seen in a series of television commercials where he uses his famous "Oh Myyy!" tag line.
The Howard Stern Show
Takei first appeared on The Howard Stern Show on November 12, 1990 to promote a New York play he was taking part in. He appeared via a satellite feed on September 27, 1994 to promote his book To the Stars.... Clips of Takei from his audio book and television interviews would later be played on the show, with prank calls and comedy bits being made using them.
On January 9, 2006, it was announced that Takei would be the new announcer for the show when it moved to Sirius XM Radio. Takei sat in the studio for the first week of broadcasts, and to this day sits in for a week of shows every few months. His most recent in-studio appearance was the week of September 9, 2013.
In June 2006, Takei accepted a Freedom of Speech Award on behalf of Stern, with the award being presented by Talkers Magazine. Takei was in the studio again for two days in late September 2006 where he discussed his participation in an episode of Star Trek: New Voyages as well as his participation in the film The Great Buck Howard. In a visit in December 2007, Stern stated that Takei was the only cast member who got universally positive feedback from audience e-mails; even listeners who claim to dislike Star Trek enjoy Takei's contributions. The show staff has stated that they like his upfront sense of humor and his willingness to talk about almost any issue openly and freely, particularly now that the show is uncensored on Sirius XM.
Takei developed a friendly relationship with former Stern cast member Artie Lange, whom Takei affectionately calls his "cuddly muffin". They became friends despite Lange's penchant for homophobic humor. Lange revealed on the air that Takei sent him a "lovely card" praising his guest performance on a 2007 episode of Entourage, in which Takei expressed the desire to one day act alongside Lange, and that the two talk at least once a week by telephone.
In October 2005, Takei revealed in an issue of Frontiers magazine that he is gay and had been in a committed relationship with his partner, Brad Altman, for 18 years. He said, "It's not really coming out, which suggests opening a door and stepping through. It's more like a long, long walk through what began as a narrow corridor that starts to widen." Nevertheless, Takei's sexuality had been an open secret among Star Trek fans since the 1970s, and Takei did not conceal his active membership in LGBT organizations, including Frontrunners, where he developed public friendships with gay couples such as Kevin and Don Norte. In an on-air telephone interview with Howard Stern, in December 2005, Takei explained, "[Gay people] are masculine, we are feminine, we are caring, we are abusive. We are just like straight people, in terms of our outward appearance and our behavior. The only difference is that we are oriented to people of our own gender."[this quote needs a citation] Takei also described Altman as "a saint" for helping to take care of Takei's terminally ill mother.
Takei currently serves as a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign "Coming Out Project". In 2006 he embarked on a nationwide "Equality Trek" speaking tour sharing his life as a gay Japanese American, his 18-year relationship with Altman, Frontrunners, and Star Trek, encouraging others to share their own personal stories. In the wake of the 2007 controversy over former NBA player Tim Hardaway, who had stated "I hate gay people", Takei recorded a mock public service announcement which began as a serious message of tolerance, then turned the tables on Hardaway by proclaiming that while he may hate gay people, gay people love him and other "sweaty basketball players". This was aired on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Takei also appeared on the Google float at San Francisco Pride 2007.
On May 16, 2008, Takei announced that he and Brad Altman would be getting married. They were the first same-sex couple to apply for a marriage license in West Hollywood. On June 17, shortly after Takei and Altman obtained their marriage license, they spread the news by holding a press conference outside the West Hollywood city auditorium. They were married on September 14, 2008, at the Democracy Forum of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, of which Takei is one of the founders. Walter Koenig was his best man, and Nichelle Nichols was the matron of honor. Reverend William Briones of the Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple of Los Angeles presided.
Takei's marriage is one of thousands of same-sex marriages that took place at a time when same-sex marriage was legal in California. The California Supreme Court ruled that Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California, did not affect Takei's marriage and other same-sex marriages entered into before its passing on November 4, 2008.
Takei and Altman appeared in a celebrity edition of The Newlywed Game TV show, which the GSN cable network aired October 13, 2009. They were the first same-sex couple to be featured on the show. Takei and Altman won the game, winning $10,000 for their charity, the Japanese American National Museum, for which Takei serves as a member of its board of trustees.
In November 2010, Takei released another PSA blasting Clint McCance, who was at the time the vice president of the school board for the Midland School District in southern Independence County, Arkansas. In the video, Takei repeatedly calls McCance "a douchebag". Takei's video was made as a response to McCance making blatantly homophobic remarks, stating that he "enjoys the fact that [homosexuals] give each other AIDS and die".[dead link] McCance went on to encourage homosexuals to commit suicide, and stated that he would disown his children if they were gay. Clint McCance has since resigned from his job at the Midland school board. Takei has been praised for his response to McCance and garnered much media attention with his most recent PSA.
In May 2011, in response to a Tennessee State Legislature bill that prohibited school teachers or students from using any language that alludes to the existence of homosexuality (the "Don't Say Gay" bill), Takei released another PSA in which he offered up his name, suggesting that people could just substitute that for 'gay'. For example, they could support Takei Marriage or watch Takei Pride Parades; or even use slurs like That's so Takei.
Takei is an avid Anglophile. On his personal website he had this to say: "Those who know me know that I am an inconvertible Anglophile – or more broadly, a Britanophile, which includes my affection for Scotland and Wales as well. I love things British. My car is British. My wardrobe, to a good extent, is British. I even love the food in London – I think British food has shaken its prevailing perception as indigestible and become quite wonderful. I try to get to Britain for holidays as often as I can. I love things British."
Takei has also gained popularity for his Facebook page where his daily posts of humorous pictures (many of which are related to science fiction, gay culture and political satire) have attracted over 6.6 million followers, some of whom are unfamiliar with Takei or Star Trek. He has been lauded as "the funniest guy on Facebook". In September 2013, Takei used his Facebook page to defend Nina Davuluri, who was targeted by a backlash of racist and xenophobic comments after being named Miss America 2014. He later appeared in a joint ABC interview with Davuluri, in which she revealed that she is a Trekkie. Takei told her, "In Star Trek we have this creed: 'Infinite diversity in infinite combinations'. That's what Starfleet was all about so you're a part of that." Davuluri ended the interview by stating, "I have to say 'Live Long and Prosper'" at which point Takei offered her the Vulcan salute, which she returned.
Takei is a top 1,000 Amazon.com reviewer, where his faux reviews (sometimes with Star Trek references, and often with asides about his husband) sometimes attract many thousands (in one case over 18,000) of approvals from other users.
Awards and recognition
In 2004, the government of Japan conferred upon Takei the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, which represents the fourth highest of six classes associated with the award. This decoration was presented in acknowledgment of his contributions to US-Japanese relations.
- (7307) Takei = 1994 GT9 Discovered 1994 Apr. 13 by Y. Shimizu and T. Urata at Nachi-Katsuura. George Takei (b. 1937) is an actor best known for his role as Mr. Sulu in the original Star Trek television series. He also has a lengthy record of public service through his involvement with organizations such as the Japanese American Citizens League and the Human Rights Campaign. The name was suggested by T. H. Burbine.
Upon learning of the decision to name the asteroid after him, he said, "I am now a heavenly body. ... I found out about it yesterday. ... I was blown away. It came out of the clear, blue sky—just like an asteroid."
|1960||Hell to Eternity||George|
|1965||Red Line 7000||Kato|
|1966||Walk Don't Run||Police Captain|
|1968||The Green Berets||Captain Nim|
|1979||Star Trek: The Motion Picture||Lt. Commander Sulu|
|1982||Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan||Commander Sulu|
|1984||Star Trek III: The Search for Spock||Commander Sulu|
|1986||Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home||Commander Sulu|
|1989||Star Trek V: The Final Frontier||Commander Sulu|
|1991||Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country||Captain Sulu|
|2008||Ninja Cheerleaders||Ninja Sensei Hiroshi|
|2008||You Don't Mess with the Zohan||Himself||Cameo|
|2011||Larry Crowne||Dr. Ed Matsutani|
|2013||Free Birds||S.T.E.V.E.||Voice only|
|1959||Perry Mason||Toma Sakai||Season 3, Episode 4 - The Case of the Blushing Pearls|
|1964||The Twilight Zone||Arthur Takamori||Season 5, Episode 151 - The Encounter|
|1965||Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea||Major Lee Cheng||Season 2 - Episode 10 - The Silent Saboteurs|
|1966||Mission: Impossible||Roger Lee||Season 1 - Episode 10 - The Carriers|
|1968||It Takes A Thief||Wo||Season 2 - Episode 12 - To Catch A Roaring Lion|
|1966–1969||Star Trek||Lt. Hikaru Sulu|
|1969||The Courtship of Eddie's Father||Mr. Sato||Season 1 - Episode 9 - Gentleman Friend|
|1974||The Six Million Dollar Man||Chin Ling||Season 1 - Episode 15 - The Coward|
|1976||Black Sheep Squadron||Maj. Kato||Season 1 - Episode 15 - Up For Grabs|
|1986||MacGyver||Dr. Shen Wei||1 episode: Season 2 Episode 4 "The Wish Child"|
|1987||Miami Vice||Kenneth Togaru||Season 3 - Episode 20 - By Hooker By Crook|
|1991–present||The Simpsons||Restaurant Owner / Akira / Waiter / Wink, the Game Show Host||4 episodes: Season 2 Episode 11: "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish" Season 10 Episode 23: "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo" Season 13 Episode 4: "A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love" Season 24 Episode 17: "What Animated Women Want"|
|1996||3rd Rock from the Sun||Himself||1 episode: Season 2 Episode 3 "Hotel Dick"|
|1996||Star Trek: Voyager||Capt. Sulu||1 episode: Season 3 Episode 2 "Flashback"|
|1996–2004||Hey Arnold!||Kyo Heyerdahl||2 episodes|
|1999||Batman Beyond||Mr. Fixx||2 episodes: Season 1 Episode 1: "Rebirth: Part 1", Season 1 Episode 2: "Rebirth: Part 2"|
|2002–2007||Kim Possible||Master Sensei|
|2002||Futurama||Himself/Hikaru Sulu||1 episode: Season 4 Episode 11 "Where No Fan Has Gone Before"|
|2002||Jackie Chan Adventures||High Mystic||1 episode: Season 2 Episode 28 "The Chosen One"|
|2005||Avatar: The Last Airbender||Warden||1 episode: Season 1 Episode 6 "Imprisoned"|
|2004||Scrubs||Priest||1 episode: Season 3 Episode 22 "My Best Friend's Wedding"|
|2006||Malcolm in the Middle||Himself||1 episode: Season 7 Episode 14 "Hal Grieves"|
|2006||Psych||Himself||1 episode: Season 1 Episode 8 "Shawn vs. the Red Phantom"|
|2006||Will & Grace||Himself||1 episode: Season 8 Episode 18 "Buy, Buy Baby"|
|2007||Cory in the House||Ronald||1 episode: Season 1 Episode 15 "Air Force One Too Many" (missing info)|
|2008–2009||Chowder||Foie Gras||Episodes "Chowder and Mr. Fugu" and "Hands on a Big Mixer"|
|2009||Transformers: Animated||Yoketron||1 episode: Season 3 Episode 6: "Five Servos of Doom"|
|2009||Party Down||Himself||1 episode: Season 1 Episode 10: "Stennheiser-Pong Wedding Reception"|
|2009||The Super Hero Squad Show||Galactus||episode "Last Exit Before Doomsday!"|
|2010||The Big Bang Theory||Himself||1 episode: Season 4 Episode 4 "The Hot Troll Deviation"|
|2010||The Suite Life on Deck||Rome Tipton||1 episode: Season 2 Episode 26 "Starship Tipton"|
|2010||Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated||Mr. Wang/White Wizard||1 episode: Season 1 Episode 18 "The Dragon's Secret"|
|2010||Community||Himself||1 episode: Season 2 Episode 6 "Epidemiology"|
|2011–2013||Supah Ninjas||Hologramps and Evil Grandpa||Main Character|
|2012, 2014||Archer||Mr. Moto||2 episodes: Season 3 Episode 7 "Drift Problem", Season 5 Episode 3 "Archer Vice: A Debt of Honor"|
|2012||Futurama||Himself||(Cameo) 1 episode: Season 7 Episode 5 "Zapp Dingbat"|
|2010–2012||Adventure Time||Ricardio the Heart Guy||Two episodes: "Ricardio the Heart Guy", "Lady and Peebles"|
|2012||Hawaii Five-0||Uncle Choi||1 episode, Season 3 Episode 11: "Kahu" playing Chin Ho Kelly's (Daniel Dae Kim) uncle|
|2012–2013||Transformers: Prime||Alpha Trion||2 episodes, Season 2 Episode 21: "Alpha/Omega", Season 3 Episode 4: "Rebellion"|
|2013||The New Normal||Sam||1 episode|
|2013||The Neighbors||Supreme Commander||1 episode|
|2013||Futurama||Himself||(Cameo) 1 episode: Season 7 Episode 19 "Saturday Morning Fun Pit"|
|2013||Ultimate Spider-Man||Elder Monk||1 episode|
|2013||Lost Girl||Snake Man / Amphisbaena||1 episode|
|2014||"King of the Nerds"||Himself||Season 2 Episode 6|
|1992||Star Trek: 25th Anniversary||Hikaru Sulu||Video Game|
|1993||Star Trek: Judgment Rites||Hikaru Sulu||Video Game|
|1997||Star Trek: Starfleet Academy||Hikaru Sulu||Video Game|
|1999||Star Trek: Starfleet Command||Hikaru Sulu||Video Game|
|2000||Star Trek: Starfleet Command II: Empires at War||Hikaru Sulu||Video Game|
|2004||Star Trek: Shattered Universe||Hikaru Sulu||Video Game|
|2007||Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II||Hikaru Sulu||Web|
|2008||Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3||Emperor Yoshiro||Video Game|
|2010||Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet||Galactus||Video Game|
|2012||Skylanders: Giants||Arkeyan Conquertron/Drill-X||Video Game|
|2013||Rooms to Go||Spokesperson||TV Commercial|
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- George Takei Interview at the Archive of American Television portal
- Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture
- Japanese American Relocation Record
- Takei's personal blog