LOS ANGELES, CA (FOX 11) - The year was 1966 when The Starship Enterprise blasted off with Sulu on board. It would launch George Takei into a different stratosphere as an actor and an activist for Japanese Americans and LGBTQ issues. Along the way, he's cultivated a huge fan following and has become a social media star with millions of fans online.
George Takei is also a kid from LA with an unusual history. He grew up in LA and was the oldest son of hardworking immigrants. It was a happy childhood until the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. The Takei's lost their home, their business, and their freedom, spending several years at two internment camps: one in Arkansas and the infamous Tulelake in Northern California.
He spent a lifetime remembering so others won't forget.
Takei has never taken himself seriously, appearing in a lighthearted documentary about his life. Meeting millions of fans at Star Trek conventions - but his causes he does take seriously. Including his latest the musical, "Allegiance," a new musical inspired by his own story and the story of thousands of Japanese Americans who lives through those difficult days in American history.