George Takei's Star Trek Family: "We Have Our Problem Uncle"

Season 4 Episode 405
Aired on 08/17/2014 | CC tv-14
From 1966 to 1969, Star Trek boldly took viewers where no man had gone before on television. As Mr. Sulu, actor and gay rights advocate George Takei steered the USS Enterprise into new galaxies throughout the show's three seasons and in six blockbuster films.

Today, George says the original cast is like family, who recognized and accepted George for his true self at a time when he was closeted for fear of not getting work. One day on set, co-star Walter Koenig motioned for George to look behind him. "There standing behind me was a drop-dead gorgeous male extra wearing the tight Starfleet uniform. ... And, my heart stopped," George says. "And so I turned around back to Walter, and he was smiling and [winked], so I knew he knew."

Like all families, George says, the cast had one "problem uncle": William Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk. "We all had problems with Bill on the set," George says. "He is the star of the series, and he knew it, and he exercised those star powers." In the video above, George reflects on being part of the legendary cast.

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