On Friday, Star Trek icon, political activist and social media phenom George Takei releases To Be Takei: A Star’s Trek for Life, Liberty, and Love, a documentary that chronicles his life. The 77-year-old Takei (pronounced ta-KAY) has emerged as one of the most endearing and humorous icons in the galaxy with over 7 million Facebook fans (and counting).
The backstory to his beloved star status: Takei was born in Los Angeles, California in 1937. When he was five, his family was forced to live in internment camps. After the war, Takei went on to college and took voiceover jobs, but it was Gene Roddenberry’s groundbreaking sci-fi series that blasted him and the rest of the crew into the pop culture stratosphere.
Off screen, he kept his personal life as a gay man closeted until 2005, but by 2008 he was out and married to his longtime partner Brad Altman. Yes, Trekkies and LGBTQ communities love him, but his political activism, viral persona and signature witticisms have also won him a whole new generation of admirers.
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