George Takei is best known for his portrayal of Mr. Sulu in the acclaimed television and film series "Star Trek." He was inspired to a life of activism after being held behind barbed wire in U.S. internment camps during World War II, and is today admired as a champion of marriage equality, social justice and equal rights for all.
He's an actor, social justice activist, social media mega-power, star of the upcoming Broadway musical Allegiance and subject of To Be Takei, a documentary on his life and career.
Takei's acting career has spanned five decades, with more than 40 feature films and hundreds of television guest-starring roles to his credit. He received a star on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame in 1986.
George was inspired to a life of activism after being held along with his family behind the barbed-wire enclosures of U.S. internment camps, along with 120,000 other Japanese Americans, after the outbreak of World War II. Takei spent most of his childhood at Camp Rohwer in the swamps of Arkansas and at wind-swept Camp Tule Lake in northern California.
A longtime advocate of LGBT equality, Takei came out publicly in 2005 and married his husband Brad in 2008, becoming one of the very first gay couples to receive a marriage license after the California Supreme Court's In re Marriage Cases decision overturned the state's ban on marriage for same-sex couples. The ACLU and co-counsel successfully represented two non-profit organizations and a group of committed lesbian and gay couples in that historic case.
With millions of followers on social media sites including Twitter and Facebook (where he was named the "most influential person" by Mashable.com), George is today admired as a champion of participatory democracy, social justice, and equal rights for all.