In addition to a busy acting career, Takei and Tony Award winner Lea Salonga are developing a new American musical called Allegiance, scheduled to debut in 2012 at The Old Globe in San Diego en route to an eventual opening on Broadway. He also regularly appears on Howard Stern's satellite radio show. An accomplished author, Takei co-wrote the science-fiction novel Mirror Friend, Mirror Foe with Robert Asprin and published his autobiography To the Stars in 1994.
Takei, a Japanese American who from age 4 to 8 was unjustly interned in a U.S. internment camp during World War II, is an outspoken supporter of human right issues and community activist. Takei has served as the spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign "Coming Out Project," and was cultural affairs chairman of the Japanese American Citizens League. He was appointed to the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission by former President Clinton and the government of Japan awarded Takei the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, for his contribution to U.S. -- Japanese relations. The decoration was conferred by His Majesty, Emperor Akihito, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. In 2007, Asteroid 7307 Takei was named in the performer's honor in appreciation for his social work.
George Takei (part 1) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATyEKBcpANw
George Takei (part 2) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRGM4ppMDrk
Leo Chu and Eric S. Garcia - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqXbBFaWdB0
Carlos Knight and Ryan Potter - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrZkE1p9UHQ
Gracie Dzienny - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fc5TGe1gzbk