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George Takei, this is your life! His almost 80 years celebrated at the Japanese American National Museum

by John Rabe | Off-Ramp®

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George Takei (right) and his husband Brad Altman John Rabe/Grant Wood/Michael Uhlenkott

On the occasion of "New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei," a new exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum that opens Sunday, I had to speak with George Takei himself about his long life and career.

Here's my long  interview with George, covering those family photos, the internment, his acting career, his non-flirtation with Raymond Burr, his marriage to Brad, and turning 80 (on April 20).

Takei family photos at the Japanese American National Museum's exhibit "New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei."
Takei family photos at the Japanese American National Museum's exhibit "New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei." John Rabe

We also talk at length about his latest gig, as the Reciter in "Pacific Overtures," a Stephen Sondheim/John Weidman musical from 1976, now directed by John Doyle. Performances begin April 5 at the Classic Stage Company.

 

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