History Creator / GeorgeTakei

18th Jan '16 5:09:02 PM Kalmbach
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* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Like many Japanese of this generation, George's father was an Anglophile, and named his son after [[TheHouseOfWindsor King George VI]].
8th Jan '16 11:11:09 AM eroock
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'''George Hosato Takei''' was born on April 20, 1937, in California. During his childhood, he and his family were sent to World War II internment camps for Japanese Americans. It was a miserable time, but at least George was too young to understand that and was content enough under the circumstances. It was there that young Takei's desire to act was born: the camp would screen Japanese movies for the internees, and there would be a single man off to the side of the projection screen providing an English dubbed voice ''for all the characters.'' Takei wanted to be that guy.
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'''George George Hosato Takei''' Takei was born on April 20, 1937, in California. During his childhood, he and his family were sent to World War II internment camps for Japanese Americans. It was a miserable time, but at least George was too young to understand that and was content enough under the circumstances. It was there that young Takei's desire to act was born: the camp would screen Japanese movies for the internees, and there would be a single man off to the side of the projection screen providing an English dubbed voice ''for all the characters.'' Takei wanted to be that guy.
7th Jan '16 3:48:39 PM Premonition45
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* BecomingTheBoast: His famous "shirtless fencer" scene from Star Trek was originally meant to be done with a Japanese sword, but Takei (in addition to wanting to avoid Asian stereotypes) was a big fan of old swashbuckling films of the Errol Flynn type, so he told them he was a skilled fencer to get to use a fencing sword instead. After it was agreed, he immediately took up a fencing class to pull off a good showing.

* InformedAbility: At first. His famous "shirtless fencer" scene from Star Trek was originally meant to be done with a Japanese sword, but Takei (in addition to wanting to avoid Asian stereotypes) was a big fan of old swashbuckling films of the Errol Flynn type, so he told them he was a skilled fencer to get to use a fencing sword instead. After it was agreed, he immediately took up a fencing class to pull off a good showing.
2nd Jan '16 11:10:06 PM karstovich2
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In 2006, he officially came out of the closet as a gay man, although many of his friends and family had long known this. In 2008, he married his partner of twenty years, journalist Brad Altman. Takei continues to be an advocate for civil rights, gay rights and Asian-American issues. In 2012, he starred in the musical ''Theatre/{{Allegiance}}'', which deals with WorldWarII internment of Japanese Americans. He has also protested the [[RaceLift Race Lifting]] of Asian characters in Hollywood adaptations such as ''Film/TheLastAirbender'' and ''Manga/{{Akira}}''.
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In 2006, he officially came out of the closet as a gay man, although many of his friends friends, family, and family coworkers had long known this.this (for instance, by their account, pretty much the entire cast of ''Star Trek'' knew or at least strongly suspected, but never said anything). In 2008, he married his partner of twenty years, journalist Brad Altman. Takei continues to be an advocate for civil rights, gay rights and Asian-American issues. In 2012, he starred in the musical ''Theatre/{{Allegiance}}'', which deals with WorldWarII internment of Japanese Americans. He has also protested the [[RaceLift Race Lifting]] of Asian characters in Hollywood adaptations such as ''Film/TheLastAirbender'' and ''Manga/{{Akira}}''.
2nd Jan '16 11:08:14 PM karstovich2
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After ''Star Trek'', he ran for City Council in Los Angeles, losing by only about 1500 votes. However, his civic hopes were not in vain, as he would later be appointed to the board of directors of the Southern California Rapid Transit District.
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After ''Star Trek'', he ran for City Council in Los Angeles, losing by only about 1500 votes. [[note]]In one of those odd circumstances, the race that led stations in the area that were planning to air reruns of ''Star Trek'' or episodes of ''The Animated Series'' to delay the airing so as not to fall afoul of the Fairness Doctrine, on the grounds that Takei's appearance and especially his voice were simply too recognizable not to have an impact.[[/note]] However, his civic hopes were not in vain, as he would later be appointed to the board of directors of the Southern California Rapid Transit District.
2nd Jan '16 11:04:41 PM karstovich2
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In the 1960s he made appearances on shows like ''Series/MissionImpossible'' and ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959''. But it was his groundbreaking role as Hikaru Sulu on ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' that made him a cultural icon, as one of the first and only non-stereotypical Asian characters on mainstream American television. Reportedly ''every'' Asian-American actor wanted the role, since Sulu had no accent, didn't do martial arts, and was not a crude caricature (remember: this was more or less contemporary with the yellowface characters in ''Film/BreakfastAtTiffanys'' and CharlieChan).
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In the 1960s he made appearances on shows like ''Series/MissionImpossible'' and ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959''. But it was his groundbreaking role as Hikaru Sulu on ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' that made him a cultural icon, as one of the first and only non-stereotypical Asian characters on mainstream American television. Reportedly ''every'' Asian-American actor wanted the role, since Sulu had no accent, didn't do (Asian) martial arts, arts,[[note]]Sulu had an interest in fencing, which may or may not be considered a martial art (depending on whether he did sport fencing or historical European fencing or both), but no matter what, fencing definitely isn't Asian.[[/note]] and was not a crude caricature (remember: this was more or less contemporary with the yellowface characters in ''Film/BreakfastAtTiffanys'' and CharlieChan).
1st Dec '15 1:10:22 PM DeadSkunk
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In 2015, ''Allegiance'' opened on Broadway with Takei in the dual role of the present day Sam Kimura and "Ojii-san" (Grandfather) in the flashback to the 1940s.
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In 2015, ''Allegiance'' ''{{Allegiance}}'' opened on Broadway with Takei in the dual role of the present day Sam Kimura and "Ojii-san" (Grandfather) in the flashback to the 1940s.
18th Nov '15 2:44:41 PM Exxolon
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In 2006, he officially came out of the closet as a gay man, although many of his friends and family had long known this. In 2008, he married his partner of twenty years, journalist Brad Altman. Takei continues to be an advocate for civil rights, gay rights and Asian-American issues. In 2012, he starred in the musical ''Theatre/Allegiance'', which deals with WorldWarII internment of Japanese Americans. He has also protested the [[RaceLift Race Lifting]] of Asian characters in Hollywood adaptations such as ''Film/TheLastAirbender'' and ''Manga/{{Akira}}''.
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In 2006, he officially came out of the closet as a gay man, although many of his friends and family had long known this. In 2008, he married his partner of twenty years, journalist Brad Altman. Takei continues to be an advocate for civil rights, gay rights and Asian-American issues. In 2012, he starred in the musical ''Theatre/Allegiance'', ''Theatre/{{Allegiance}}'', which deals with WorldWarII internment of Japanese Americans. He has also protested the [[RaceLift Race Lifting]] of Asian characters in Hollywood adaptations such as ''Film/TheLastAirbender'' and ''Manga/{{Akira}}''.
18th Nov '15 2:43:55 PM Exxolon
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In 2006, he officially came out of the closet as a gay man, although many of his friends and family had long known this. In 2008, he married his partner of twenty years, journalist Brad Altman. Takei continues to be an advocate for civil rights, gay rights and Asian-American issues. In 2012, he starred in the musical ''Allegiance'', which deals with WorldWarII internment of Japanese Americans. He has also protested the [[RaceLift Race Lifting]] of Asian characters in Hollywood adaptations such as ''Film/TheLastAirbender'' and ''Manga/{{Akira}}''.
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In 2006, he officially came out of the closet as a gay man, although many of his friends and family had long known this. In 2008, he married his partner of twenty years, journalist Brad Altman. Takei continues to be an advocate for civil rights, gay rights and Asian-American issues. In 2012, he starred in the musical ''Allegiance'', ''Theatre/Allegiance'', which deals with WorldWarII internment of Japanese Americans. He has also protested the [[RaceLift Race Lifting]] of Asian characters in Hollywood adaptations such as ''Film/TheLastAirbender'' and ''Manga/{{Akira}}''.

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In 2006, he officially came out 2015, ''Allegiance'' opened on Broadway with Takei in the dual role of the closet as a gay man, although many of his friends present day Sam Kimura and family had long known this. In 2008, he married his partner of twenty years, journalist Brad Altman. Takei continues to be an advocate for civil rights, gay rights and Asian-American issues. In 2012, he starred "Ojii-san" (Grandfather) in the musical ''Allegiance'', which deals with WorldWarII internment of Japanese Americans. He has also protested flashback to the [[RaceLift Race Lifting]] of Asian characters in Hollywood adaptations such as ''Film/TheLastAirbender'' and ''Manga/{{Akira}}''. 1940s.
23rd Sep '15 8:24:53 PM nombretomado
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In the 2000s, Takei gained new fame by appearing regularly on TheHowardSternShow, giving birth to his own MemeticMutation: "Ohhhhhh myyyyyy." He also appeared as Hiro's dad on ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' and voiced animated Asian characters such as the Fa ancestor from ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', a Fire nation jailor in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', and Emperor Yoshiro, leader of the Empire of the Rising Sun in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'', where he gave us [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yytbDZrw1jc this lovely bit of]] MemeticMutation. He voiced Separatist general Lok Durd in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', making him one of the first actors to have a role in both of the two largest "Star" franchises. He has played two mentorial roles in the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' franchise, first as Master Yoketron, Prowl's cyber-ninja mentor from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', and Optimus Prime's mentor, the archivist Alpha Trion in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''. Oh, and he also voiced {{Galactus}}, the Devourer of Worlds himself, in ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow''.
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In the 2000s, Takei gained new fame by appearing regularly on TheHowardSternShow, giving birth to his own MemeticMutation: "Ohhhhhh myyyyyy." He also appeared as Hiro's dad on ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' and voiced animated Asian characters such as the Fa ancestor from ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', a Fire nation jailor in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', and Emperor Yoshiro, leader of the Empire of the Rising Sun in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'', where he gave us [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yytbDZrw1jc this lovely bit of]] MemeticMutation. He voiced Separatist general Lok Durd in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', making him one of the first actors to have a role in both of the two largest "Star" franchises. He has played two mentorial roles in the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' franchise, first as Master Yoketron, Prowl's cyber-ninja mentor from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', and Optimus Prime's mentor, the archivist Alpha Trion in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''. Oh, and he also voiced {{Galactus}}, ComicBook/{{Galactus}}, the Devourer of Worlds himself, in ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow''.
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