George Hosato Takei, better known under the name George Takei, is famous in the entertainment industry. Currently, it has been announced that the net worth of George Takei has reached the sum of 12 million dollars. George has earned his net worth as an actor, voice actor and author. He is usually recognized as Hikaru Sulu from the popular television series titled ‘Star Trek’. Takei has also been active in politics, especially fighting for human rights. He belongs to the Democratic political party. For his work in this field Takei has received the LGBT Humanist Award and other honours which increased his popularity and net worth. George Takei has been active since 1959 up to the present.
George Takei Net Worth $12 Million
George Hosato Takei was born on April 20, 1937 in Los Angeles, California, United States. George Takei began his career on the big screen as well as the accumulation of his net worth in 1955 with the voice role in the film ‘Godzilla Raids Again’ directed by Motoyoshi Oda. Until he started in the ‘Star Trek’ franchise, Takei appeared in the following films ‘Hell to Eternity’ (1960) directed by Phil Karlson, ‘A Majority of One’ (1961) directed by Dore Schary, ‘Red Line 7000’ (1965) directed by Howard Hawks, ‘Walk, Don’t Run’ (1966) directed by Charles Walters and ‘The Green Berets’ (1968) directed by John Wayne, Ray Kellogg. In 1979, Takei landed his role in the first film of the ‘Star Trek’ franchise ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’ directed by Robert Wise. The film was very successful as the box office grossed 139 million dollars worldwide. Due to the great popularity of the film, further releases were ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan’ (1982) directed by Nicholas Meyer, ‘Star Trek III: The Search for Spock’ (1984) and ‘Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home’ (1986) directed by Leonard Nimoy, ‘Star Trek V: The Final Frontier’ (1989) directed by William Shatner, ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode’ (1990) directed by Winrich Kolbe, ‘Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country’ (1991) directed Nicholas Meyer which greatly increased George’s net worth.
Moreover, Takei increased his net worth appearing in the main cast of the following films: ‘Oblivion’ (1994) directed by Sam Irvin, ‘Ninja Cheerleaders’ (2008) written and directed by David Presley. Currently, he is listed in the main cast of the upcoming film ‘The Gettysburg Address’ produced, written and directed by Sean Conant.
In addition to acting on the big screen, George Takei has added much to his net worth appearing on television since 1959. He took part in the episodes of such television series as ‘The Twilight Zone’, ‘Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea’, ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’, ‘Jackie Chan Adventures’, ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’, ‘Psych’, ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ ‘Hawaii Five-0’ and many others.
George has his own website http://www.georgetakei.com/ where people can read his blog, join the fan club, visit the gallery and even read about his wedding party. George Takei married his current wife Brad Altman in 2008.
Is an avid Anglophile and loves traveling to Britain.
Speaks Japanese and Spanish fluently.
The youngest cast member of the original Star Trek (1966) series.
Has been an Associate Fellow of Pierson College at Yale University since 1979.
He and his partner, Brad Altman, had been together more than 21 years before they were married on September 14, 2008. After the California Supreme Court struck down a ban on same-sex marriage in May, Takei and Altman were among the first gay couples to get a marriage license.
Son of Takekuma Norman Takei, who worked in real estate, and wife Fumiko Emily Nakamura.
His father was an Anglophile, and named him George Takei after King George VI of the United Kingdom, whose coronation took place on May 12, 1937.
His character Kaito Nakamura's last name is his mother's maiden name.
An asteroid between Mars and Jupiter (discovered on April 13, 1994) has been renamed 7307 Takei in his honor.
For the television special "The Star Trek Saga: From One Generation to the Next" (1988), George Takei explains how he once rode a Los Angeles plane with Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) star Patrick Stewart. They talked immediately after recognizing one another, but there were complications during final approach, unknown to either actor until landing. He joked to the pilots that the helmsman of the original Enterprise and captain of the Enterprise-D could have offered assistance.
Has initially objected to the scene in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) where the tall Starfleet guard calls him "tiny". When the scene was screened for audiences, the audiences cheered Sulu (Takei) when he defeated the tall guard, and Takei later apologized to writer Harve Bennett for it.
Among his first acting jobs was as a voice artist. Although he was only a teenager, he dubbed English dialog for adult characters in Japanese films being released in the United States.
When he met with Gene Roddenberry about a role on Star Trek (1966), Roddenberry called him Takei (pronouncing it "Ta-KAI"), which translates from the Japanese as "expensive" or "tall" (his name is actually pronounced "Ta-KAY", which rhymes with "okay"). This is how Roddenberry remembered his name.
In 1996, he became the first original Star Trek (1966) series actor to go to a South American convention, in São Paulo, Brazil.
Attended and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles. His major was Theater Arts and his minor was Latin American Studies. His father said that both of those areas of study meant that he would be supporting George for the rest of his life.
During World War II, he lived with his family in several government internment camps for people of Japanese ancestry.
Unique clipped manner of speaking
Catchphrase: "Oh My!"
Deep smooth voice
[on Galaxy Quest (1999)] I think it's a chillingly realistic documentary. [laughs] The details in it, I recognized every one of them. It is a powerful piece of documentary filmmaking. And I do believe that when we get kidnapped by aliens, it's going to be genuine, true Star Trek fans who will save the day. I was rolling in the aisles. And Tim Allen had that Shatner-esque swagger down pat. And I roared when the shirt came off, and Sigourney [Weaver] roll her eyes and says, "There goes that shirt again." How often did we hear that on the set? [laughs]
[on Leonard Nimoy] The word extraordinary is often overused, but I think it's really appropriate for Leonard. He was an extraordinarily talented man, but he was also a very decent human being. His talent embraced directing as well as acting and photography. He was a very sensitive man. And we feel his passing very much. He had been ill for a long, long time, and we miss him very much.
[on the dark elements inhabiting the Internet] They're meddlesome, bothersome and irritating. But that's part of the society - the human animal. Yes, there are people who want to criticize just for the purpose of being mean, and they have problems. But if you start responding to them, it becomes raw meat to them. I find ignoring them is the best tactic. But sometimes, I learn something from the thoughtful, legitimate critiques and negative comments. You have to keep an open mind and a discriminating mind: to know what to read and be impressed by, and what to ignore.
I'm an Anglophile. I visit England regularly, sometimes three or four times a year, at least once a year.
You know, I grew up in two American internment camps, and at that time, I was very young.
Well, the whole history of Star Trek (1966) is the market demand.
Well, it gives, certainly to my father, who is the one that suffered the most in our family, an understanding of how the ideals of a country are only as good as the people who give it flesh and blood.
This is supposed to be a participatory democracy and if we're not in there participating then the people that will manipulate and exploit the system will step in there.
Then that did very well at the box office, so before you knew it, we were in a string of feature motion pictures. Then they announced that they were going to do some spin-offs of us.
I'm a civic busybody and I've been blessed with an active career.
I thought this convention phenomenon [Star Trek] was very flattering, but that's about the extent of it.
I spent my boyhood behind the barbed wire fences of American internment camps and that part of my life is something that I wanted to share with more people.
I marched back then - I was in a civil-rights musical, "Fly Blackbird", and we met Martin Luther King.
Every time we had a hot war going on in Asia, it was difficult for Asian Americans here.
But when we came out of camp, that's when I first realized that being in camp, that being Japanese-American, was something shameful.
As you know, when Star Trek (1966) was canceled after the second season, it was the activism of the fans that revived it for a third season.
And it seems to me important for a country, for a nation to certainly know about its glorious achievements but also to know where its ideals failed, in order to keep that from happening again.
To do theater, you need to block off a hunk of time.
Yes, I remember the barbed wire and the guard towers and the machine guns, but they became part of my normal landscape. What would be abnormal in normal times became my normality in camp.
Plays close, movies wrap and television series eventually get cancelled, and we were cancelled in three seasons.
Star Trek (1966) is a show that had a vision about a future that was positive.
My memories of camp - I was four years old to eight years old - they're fond memories.
I've run the marathon several times, so I definitely don't look like the Great Ancestor!
John D.F. Black who wrote Star Trek: The Naked Time (1966) came to me and said he was thinking of having Sulu use a Samurai sword. I told him, "It certainly is ethnically appropriate because I am of Japanese ancestry but what about a rapier? I was born in this country and when I was a kid I didn't play Samurai. I played Robin Hood." He asked me if I know how to fence to which I replied, "Of course." That night I grabbed the phonebook and was furiously trying to find fencing schools so I could learn at least the basics.
[on the Occupy Wall Street movement] The struggle is not only social, economic and political - it is *structural*. No matter what side you are on, it is worth listening to what they have to say.
[during a 2006 interview with Scott Simon on National Public Radio] I went to school in a black tar-paper barrack [as a child in internment camps] and began the day seeing the barbed-wire fence, and thank god those barbed-wire fences are now long gone for Japanese Americans. But I still see an invisible, legalistic barbed-wire that keeps me, my partner of 19 years, Brad Altman, and another group of Americans separated from a normal life. That's what I've been advocating on the Human Rights Campaign Equality Tour--I call it the "Equality Trek".
(2005) The world has changed from when I was a young teen feeling ashamed for being gay. The issue of gay marriage is now a political issue. That would have been unthinkable when I was young.
[on William Shatner]: He's just a wonderful actor who created a singular character. No one could have done Kirk the way Bill did. His energy and his determination, that's Bill. And that's also Captain Kirk.