Sulu on Star Trek. But there's far more to Takei than manning the helm of the USS Enterprise—here are 16 reasons we love him. Upon learning of the honor, Takei told the Associated Press , "I am now a heavenly body.
Takei wrote about his mother's attitude during the train journey to the first camp: She was determined to make her own certainty out of our collective uncertainty. As certain as the rice balls she had wrapped in seaweed and packed in her hand luggage to supplement the cold train box lunches.
She was not going to yield to the monotony that others accepted as inevitable. She had stuffed into her limited luggage space special treats for the children; a few lollipops, packages of animal crackers, and Cracker Jack boxes that contained little surprise toys. She packed story books for Daddy to read to us. Boredom was a foe she was determined to fight.
And she didn't just pack snacks—she smuggled in a portable sewing machine to make new clothes as the kids grew! Decades later, Takei and his husband Brad brought "Mama" into their home and cared for her in her final years. This devotion was even mentioned in Takei's wedding vows.
It's unclear whether this is just a coincidence; Nakamura is a common Japanese surname. George Takei's middle name is Hosato, Japanese for "village of the bountiful harvest. Their sister was born two years later, and was given the name Nancy, after a family friend, with the middle name Reiko, Japanese for "gracious child.
After California overturned its ban on same-sex marriage, Takei and Altman promptly applied for a marriage license and were married on September 14, Takei posted their vows online , along with photos of the ceremony. Altman told Larry King , "I'm not a spokesperson for any cause. I just know that George and I love each other, George is the love of my life, and I think everybody should be allowed to get married. They were forced to live in ten concentration camps, despite about two-thirds of them being American citizens.
George Takei and his family were interned when George was young, and he has written extensively about the experience, most recently creating a musical called Allegiance that explores this dark chapter in American history. He wrote , "Never in my wildest imagination did I think I would be flying to Tokyo to be granted a decoration by the Emperor of Japan in the Imperial Palace for activities I enjoyed and found personally engaging.
In Takei's book Oh Myyy! It was even more apt when she did. I thought it was silly, but it was also admittedly quite droll. Takei now releases his books via his own publisher, Oh Myyy! It's a unisex fragrance with "top notes of mandarin zest, Italian bergamot, and fresh ozone. Naturally, Ricardio utters Takei's catchphrase: For Takei, the choice is obvious: In the episode, crew members lose their inhibitions after being infected by a form of space madness. Naturally, this leads to a shirtless, swashbuckling Sulu having a great time.
You can watch "The Naked Time" on Hulu for free , or just enjoy Takei discussing the episode and his fencing training here: He's a Former Marathon Runner Takei doesn't just fence; he has run a bunch of marathons as well!
He earned his best time in , completing the LA Marathon in 3 hours, 40 minutes. As a point of comparison, the average marathon time for men in the U. He stopped running marathons just a few years later, but reflected on the experience in , writing: It has been fifteen years since my last and final marathon. That was the London Marathon back in Since that punishing run, I have become a steadfast follower of, what is called, the Law of Nature.
It decrees that as time passes, the mind is supposed to grow with insights as the body gives up its strength. It didn't take my mind to inform my body that the latter is true. I can't run My days of running marathons are over. He Writes Epic Amazon Product Reviews In his spare time, Takei writes reviews of Amazon products , giving us a glimpse of his hilariously-imagined home life.
Here's a snippet from his one-star review of an inflatable horn for cats emphasis added: Once anointed, they sat straight up, gazing pensively at one another, their eyes aglow with a preternatural light. They tipped their heads to the left and to the right before commencing an eerie combination of mewling and rapid jaw chattering ordinarily reserved for moths spotted in the yard.
Soon things began to happen. The neighbor's dog was found immobilized, trussed-up with some indeterminate golden binding, a warning sign scrawled above him, "Do not crosses the THREE.
Our clothes began to emerge from the dryer already pressed and folded, and the vet's office mysteriously called to confirm we had intended to cancel their next appointments. But we had not. His review of "canned unicorn meat" is similarly amazing, including a spot-on Harry Potter reference. This marked the first time a Trek series regular had appeared in the Star Wars universe.
This unique position led to him to call for "Star Peace" in a YouTube video: He stepped up the Star Peace effort by pulling an April Fools' prank in , posting a photo of himself as a Jedi complete with robe and lightsaber!
The new film, entitled "Star Wars: Galactic Empire," is greenlit and will begin filming sometime early next year. It is truly a moment for The Star Alliance. Thanks to all my fans for their decades of support. Alas, this was just a joke. But, wow, I'd watch that. The show is sponsored by AARP. In the episode below, Takei explains online dating. He's a Supporter of "Takei Marriage" After the Tennessee legislature brought up a bill that would prohibit teachers from discussing homosexuality in the classroom, Takei took action.
The bill was popularly known as the "Don't Say Gay" bill, and Takei suggested that instead of saying "gay," people could simply use the word "Takei" instead. Here's his public service announcement explaining the situation: The Tennessee bill failed to pass, then returned in The Undiscovered Country, we learned that Mr. Sulu had become Captain Sulu. Here's to you, Captain Sulu!