George Takei

Biography: While it's impossible to completely separate this Japanese-American actor from his seminal part as helmsman Hikaru Sulu on the original Star Trek series, Takei has enjoyed more varied roles than many of his ST costars, both on and off screen. Born in the U.S., Takei and his family were sent to an internment camp during World War II because of their ancestry, a harrowing experience he recounted in his 1994 memoir To the Stars. An aspiring actor from an early age, Takei began working professionally while still a student at UCLA. He tackled a plethora of TV guest spots and small film roles before signing on to the Starship Enterprise crew in 1966. Although the series wasn't initially a hit, it became a mega-smash in reruns, spawning an animated series and a slew of films, six of which costarred Takei. Of course the show's success was a double-edged sword: Except for ST-related projects, his career dramatically slowed down because he had trouble shaking his Sulu image. Perhaps thisWhile it's impossible to completely separate this Japanese-American actor from his seminal part as helmsman Hikaru Sulu on the original Star Trek series, Takei has enjoyed more varied roles than many of his ST costars, both on and off screen. Born in the U.S., Takei and his family were sent to an internment camp during World War II because of their ancestry, a harrowing experience he recounted in his 1994 memoir To the Stars. An aspiring actor from an early age, Takei began working professionally while still a student at UCLA. He tackled a plethora of TV guest spots and small film roles before signing on to the Starship Enterprise crew in 1966. Although the series wasn't initially a hit, it became a mega-smash in reruns, spawning an animated series and a slew of films, six of which costarred Takei. Of course the show's success was a double-edged sword: Except for ST-related projects, his career dramatically slowed down because he had trouble shaking his Sulu image. Perhaps this stirred him to pursue outside interests: From 1971 to '73, he hosted the local Los Angeles public-affairs series Expression East/West, in 1972 he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, and the next year he ran for city council. Although he lost, then-mayor Tom Bradley appointed him to the board of directors of the Southern California Rapid Transit District, where he served until 1984. He also found time to coauthor the sci-fi novel Mirror Friend, Mirror Foe. In the '90s and '00s, Takei popped up as himself in myriad sitcom cameos (Futurama, Will & Grace, Watching Ellie) and was a frequent guest on Howard Stern's radio show. Takei's distinctive, baritone timbre was instantly recognizable, and Stern and his gang often replayed a sound byte of him exclaiming, "Oh my!" which became a sort of unofficial catchphrase. In October 2005, the actor and activist revealed that he was gay and publicly introduced his partner of 18 years (they married three years later). Perhaps this helped shake up his image, because he enjoyed an incredible resurgence in popularity over the next few years. When Stern moved to Sirius satellite radio, Takei became his semiregular announcer. And in 2007, in a brilliant casting move, Takei landed a recurring role on the hot sci-fi series Heroes, as the mysterious, possibly villainous father of the time-bending, comic-loving Hiro. Takei remains active in both the industry and civic affairs, from TV and stage appearances to guest narrating for various symphony orchestras. Expand

George Takei's Scores

Average career score: 62
Highest Metascore: 92 The Simpsons: Season 2
Lowest Metascore: 33 Freddie: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
17 tv reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
75 The Terror: Season 2 Aug 12, 2019 Yamato-San 6.1
tbd Late Night with Seth Meyers: Season 6 Sep 25, 2018 Guest tbd
tbd Late Night with Seth Meyers: Season 6 Sep 25, 2018 Guest tbd
tbd Fresh Off the Boat: Season 4 Oct 3, 2017 Bernard 5.4
tbd The Simpsons: Season 29 Oct 1, 2017 Himself 4.5
tbd Hawaii Five-0: Season 7 Sep 23, 2016 Uncle Choi 7.1
tbd Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Season 2 Sep 6, 2016 Guest tbd
tbd The View: Season 19 Sep 8, 2015 Guest tbd
tbd Regular Show: Season 7 Jun 26, 2015 George Takei 8.5
tbd Hot in Cleveland: Season 6 Nov 5, 2014 Reverend Matsuda tbd
tbd King of the Nerds: Season 2 Jan 23, 2014 Appearing tbd
tbd Real Time With Bill Maher: Season 12 Jan 17, 2014 Guest 7.3
tbd Lost Girl: Season 4 Nov 10, 2013 Snake Man/Amphisbaena 8.5
tbd Conan (2010): Season 4 Nov 4, 2013 Guest 4.8
tbd The Neighbors: Season 2 Sep 20, 2013 George Takei / Grandfather 6.1
tbd The Chew: Season 3 Sep 9, 2013 Guest tbd
76 Futurama: Season 10 Jun 19, 2013 George Takei / Himself / Guest 8.5
54 King of the Nerds: Season 1 Jan 17, 2013 Judge 6.0
tbd The Simpsons: Season 24 Sep 30, 2012 Sushi Chef/Restaurant Owner 6.3
42 The Neighbors: Season 1 Sep 26, 2012 George Takei / Grandfather 6.1
61 The New Normal: Season 1 Sep 10, 2012 Sam 6.4
tbd Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell: Season 1 Aug 9, 2012 Guest 2.5
tbd Futurama: Season 9 Jun 20, 2012 Guest 8.1
tbd Pound Puppies: Season 2 Jun 2, 2012 Voice / George Takei tbd
tbd Hollywood Treasure: Season 2 May 22, 2012 Guest tbd
tbd The New Celebrity Apprentice: Season 12 Feb 19, 2012 Himself / Himself - Season 12 5.5
tbd Independent Lens: Season 13 Oct 13, 2011 Remarks By tbd
75 Archer: Season 3 Sep 15, 2011 Mr. Moto 8.8
tbd Futurama: Season 8 Jun 23, 2011 George Takei 8.4
86 Community: Season 2 Sep 23, 2010 George Takei 9.1