George Takei Filmography
Perry Mason (1959) (TV) - Starring as Toma Sakai in "The Case of the Blushing Pearls"
| The show was about defense lawyer Perry Mason (Raymond Burr) and his staff, who solved crimes with surprise witnesses and brilliant cross-examinations. It was the first series to show chalk outlines where bodies were found.|
In this episode, Hudson Nichols frames Mitsou Kamuri for stealing his wife Thelma's string of expensive blush pearls. Mitsou consults Perry Mason, who tries to intervene. Ito Kamuri, Mitsou's uncle, has made two sets of false pearls and is found dead, having apparently committed hara kiri. Mitsou is charged with the crime, and Perry must find out who has the real pearls.
|Never So Few (1959) - Starring as Soldier in hospital|
| Captain Tom Reynolds (Frank Sinatra) and his band of skilled O.S.S. operatives are in WWII Burma to train the Kachin natives in modern warfare. But jungle combat, particularly against a Japanese army as familiar with the terrain as the Kachin, is more grueling than Reynolds had reckoned. Some respite is found in the arms of beautiful Carla (Gina Lollobrigida), but after Chinese rebels cross the border to loot and murder American soldiers, Reynolds abandons all notions of "military protocol" and seeks requital. Also starring Peter Lawford and Steve McQueen.|
|The Twilight Zone (1964) (TV) - Starring as Taro in "The Encounter"|
| The TV Series originally ran from 1959 to 1964. Rod Serling hosted a bizarre and always twisted half hour story about anything you could possibly imagine.|
In this episode, WWII veteran Fenton is a racial bigot who reluctantly hires Nisei youth Taro as a handyman. In the course of an extremely eventful day, both men are strangely affected by the Japanese samurai sword which Fenton keeps stored in his attic.
- Apparently, this episode upset several Japanese-American organizations, who didn't like parts of George Takei's character.
|Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1965) (TV) - Starring as Major Li Cheng in "The Silent Saboteurs"|
| The Tv show was about the world's first privately owned nuclear submarine, the SSRN Seaview. It was a tool of oceanographic research for the Nelson Institute of Marine Research. The show featured a few monsters but most of the episodes were about nuclear doomsday, pollution of natural resources, foreign threat, theft of American technology, etc.|
|I Spy (1965-1966) (TV) - Starring as Yuze in "The Barter" and as Ito in "Tigers of Heaven"|
| Kelly Robinson (Robert Culp) and Alexander Scott "Scotty" (Bill Cosby) travel around the world as agents for the United States government. With no fancy gadgets or flashy villains they are more apt to battle industrial spies and Cold War agents. As their cover, Robinson travels the professional tennis circuit with Scott as his trainer.|
In The Barter, a teenage American girl living in the Orient with her businessman father is kidnapped by Red agents as barter for a Communist scientist who has defected to the West.
In Tigers of Heaven, Scotty and Kelly must protect the last two men of an old honorable Japanese family who have become the targets of a Neo-Fascist group.
Mission: Impossible (1966) (TV) - Starring as Roger Lee in "The Carriers"
| The show ran on CBS from the 60's to the early 70's. It was about a team of government spies and specialists (the I.M.F. or Impossible Missions Force), who were assigned by an unseen secretary. The series was best known for its opening scene where a pre-recorded tape would self destruct in 5 seconds. |
|The Green Berets (1968) - Starring as Captain Nim|
| The plot was split into two main stories, both unrelated to each other. The first part is a Green Beret base camp that is attacked by the Vietcong. The film’s action then shifts to follow a small unit of Green Berets, who parachute into enemy territory with the intention to take a Vietcong General hostage. A war journalist named George Beckwith who questions America's involvement, follows the Green Berets throughout the duration of the film. |
- Captain Nim helped Colonel Mike Kirby (John Wayne) with the kidnapping. His personal mission was to get rid of the whole stinking Cong, then I will go home.
|The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1969) (TV) - Starring as Mr. Sato in "Gentleman Friend"|
| Widower Tom Corbett (Bill Bixby) must raise his son Eddie who is always scheming to get his dad remarried. Tom is a magazine publisher, Mrs. Livingston is his housekeeper, Tina is Tom's secretary, Norman is a photographer, and Joey is a friend of Eddie's. |
In this episode, Spring is in the air, and Tom finds out that Mrs. Livingston has a new man in her life, so he tries to find out all he can about him. Eddie is upset because he knows this means Mrs. Livingston will no longer be taking care of them. Then the Japanese businessman announces that he and Mrs. Livingston will have to move back to Tokyo after the wedding, so she reconsiders the proposal.
- Mr. Sato is the Japanese businessman that asks Mrs. Livingston to become his wife.
|The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) (TV) - Starring as Chin Lang in "The Coward"|
| Lee Majors starred as Steve Austin, an ex-astronaut that was injured so badly in a crash that he had to have several body parts replaced with cybernetic organisms. The tag line was - We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world's first Bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better . . . stronger . . . faster. |
After an earthquake in the Himalayas exposes a crashed airplane containing top secret documents, Steve is sent to recover them before they fall into enemy hands.
|Baa Baa Black Sheep (1976) (TV) - Starring as Major Kato in "Up for Grabs"|
| The show was based on the real-life experiences of Pappy Boyington (played by Robert Conrad) who was the squadron-leader of a group of fighter pilots stationed on an island in the Pacific, during World War II. |
In this episode, the Black Sheep squadron's survival depends on two of their pilots who are off fishing when the Japanese launch a commando raid against Vella La Cava.
|MacGyver (1986) (TV) - Starring as Dr. Shen Wei in "The Wish Child"|
| MacGyver stars Richard Dean Anderson and he is is a secret agent who uses his scientific knowledge and intelligence to defeat his enemies by unorthodox methods.|
In this episode, MacGyver picks up a Chinese friend's brother named Paul, from a birthday party, and Paul is being called "The Wish Child." A greedy businessman is pulling a scam, because he looks like the boy from the legend that also owns the secret to immortality. MacGyver tries to talk him out of it, because Paul is starting to believe that he really is The Wish Child.
- MacGyver goes to see Dr. Shen Wei, who has studied the legend and located Paul for Lee Wenying. The doctor is attacked but is able to tell MacGyver where Paul is being held before dying.
|Murder, She Wrote (1987) (TV) - Starring as Bert Tanaka in "The Bottom Line Is Murder"|
| The TV show ran from 1984 to 1996, starring Angela Lansbury as former substitute English teacher and famed mystery writer Jessica Fletcher. She has a gift for solving mysteries which seemed to follow her around. |
In this episode, a lying TV Consumer advocate is killed and suspicion lands on one of the clients whose products he maligned.