Over seven decades, actor and activist George Takei boldly journeyed from a WWII internment camp, to the helm of the starship Enterprise, to the daily news feeds of over 7 million Facebook fans.
With the big screen documentary movie To Be Takei viewers get to join Uncle George, as he is known on Facebook, and his husband Brad in a behind the scenes way they could never have imagined.
Best known for playing Sulu on the original Star Trek TV series and six movies that followed, George Takei is unlikely social media royalty.
Unofficially dubbed the King of Facebook, he counts over 7 million fans in his online empire — including Trekkies, Howard Stern listeners, and many from the Gay and Lesbian community — who devour his quirky mix of kitten jokes, Star Trek references, heartfelt messages, and sci-fi/fantasy memes.
An outspoken advocate for civil rights, George Takei has used his unmistakable baritone in several satiric PSAs, including one in response to Tennessee’s infamous “Don’t Say Gay” bill that encourages viewers to say, “It’s OK to be Takei.”
George Takei’s current projects include the Broadway 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.