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54 GEORGE TAKEI

In 1950s Hollywood there was little in the way of on-screen roles for a young Japanese-American actor, even one rubbing shoulders with Frank Sinatra and Cary Grant and John Wayne. If he wasn’t being cast in the role of stereotypical Asian bad guy, he was dubbing over B-movie monster flicks. In 1965, though, his ethnicity played to his advantage, when producer Gene Roddenberry cast him as Hikaru Sulu in a new science-fiction pilot called Star Trek, a role that would secure him lifelong fame.

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