George Takei (pronounced “Ta-Kay”) is an actor best known for his portrayal of Mr. Sulu in the acclaimed television and film series Star Trek, and has more than 40 feature films and hundreds of television guest-starring roles to his credit.
George’s acting career has spanned more than five decades. It began in the summer of 1957, between his freshman and sophomore years at the University of California at Berkeley, when George answered a newspaper advertisement placed by a company casting voices for a motion picture. The film was Rodan, a Japanese science-fiction classic about a prehistoric creature terrorizing a southern Japanese city. In a sound stage on the MGM lot in Culver City, California, George dubbed the original Japanese lines into English, creating distinct voices for eight characters.
George’s professional acting debut occurred on a 1959 episode of the pioneering live television drama series, Playhouse 90. His motion picture debut was in Ice Palace starring Richard Burton, released by Warner Bros. in 1959.
In 1966 he was cast as Sulu in the second pilot of Star Trek. In total, he appeared in 51 of the 79 original series episodes. His also appeared in six Star Trek motion pictures (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek: The Motion Picture).
Takei’s other notable film credits include Mulan and Mulan II, Trekkies, and Return From the River Kwai.
In addition to his role in the original Star Trek series, George was a series regular in the cast of Nickelodeon’s live-action comedy-adventure series, Supah Ninjas, telecast on Nickelodeon in 2011, 2012 and 2013. George was also recurring character on 12 episodes of NBC-TV’s Heroes from 2007 to 2010, playing Kaito Nakamura.
Recognized worldwide as a member of the original Star Trek cast, George received a star on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame in 1986 and he placed his signature and hand print in the forecourt of the landmark Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood in 1991.
George Takei is unlikely social media royalty. Unofficially dubbed the King of Facebook, he counts 5.5 million fans in his online empire – including Trekkies, Howard Stern listeners, and the LGBTQ community – who devour his quirky mix of kitten jokes, Star Trek references, heartfelt messages, and sci-fi/fantasy memes.
His current projects include the musical Allegiance, drawn from his experience of growing up in Japanese American internment camps during World War II, and the recently published, Oh Myyy! There Goes the Internet, and Lions and Tigers and Bears: The Internet Strikes Back.
George looks forward to meeting all his fans in Melbourne and the Gold Coast.
George will conduct a general admission Q&A each weekend, and participate in signing and photo* sessions throughout each Saturday (10:30am to 5:30pm) and Sunday (11:00am to 5:00pm) in both cities. Please see the event guide for times and locations.
* Autograph ($50 each) and photograph ($60 each) fees apply.
Guest confirmed, health and other commitments pending.