Playing Sulu on "Star Trek: The Original Series" more than 50 years ago launched George Takei not only out to strange new worlds, but on a journey to explore his sexuality and Japanese heritage. The year-old Takei, despite being an American citizen born in Los Angeles, spent much of his childhood with his family in U. Related: What 'Star Trek' has taught us about diversity. My parents did some last-minute packing back in the bedroom. So the two of us were just gazing out the living room window at the neighbor's. And suddenly we saw two soldiers marching up my driveway, carrying rifles with shiny bayonets on them.
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He has won several awards and accolades in his work on human rights and Japan—United States relations , including his work with the Japanese American National Museum. Takei's work on the Broadway show Allegiance , as well as his own internment in two US-run internment camps during World War II , has given him a platform to speak out against the Trump administration 's stance on illegal immigration. Among them, he had an aunt and infant cousin who lived in Hiroshima and who were both killed during the atomic bombing that destroyed the city. In Takei's own words, "My aunt and baby cousin [were] found burnt in a ditch in Hiroshima. Upon graduation from high school, Takei enrolled in the University of California, Berkeley , where he studied architecture.
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Although primarily known for playing Hikaru Sulu in the television series Star Trek: The Original Series and the first six features, George Takei has had a varied career acting in television, feature films, live theater and radio. He also is a successful writer and community activist. Takei's first-hand knowledge of the unjust internment of , Japanese Americans in World War II, poignantly chronicled in his autobiography, created a lifelong interest in politics and community affairs. With the acting bug kindled in him, he transferred to UCLA as a theater arts major. He took odd jobs until returning to his role at the end of the run.