Sulu Summit


George Takei and John Cho on stage in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ronald S. Woan)

LAS VEGAS — Actors George Takei and John Cho shared the stage for a “Sulu Summit” on Aug. 14 during Creation Entertainment’s official convention celebrating the 45th anniversary of “Star Trek” at the Rio Suites Hotel in Las Vegas, reports.

Takei played Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise, on the original “Star Trek” series, which aired from 1966 to 1969; an animated series (1973-1974); and six feature films from 1979 to 1991. In the last film, “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country,” Sulu was captain of his own ship.

Takei had a recurring role as Hiro’s father on the TV series “Heroes” and currently plays Hologramps on “Supah Ninjas.” He is also working on “Allegiance,” a musical about the internment of Japanese Americans.

Cho played a young Sulu in J.J. Abrams’ 2009 “Star Trek” film and will reprise his role in the sequel, scheduled to be released next year. The title and storyline have yet to be announced and shooting has not yet started.

Cho is also known for the TV series “Flash Forward,” in which he played an FBI agent, and the two “Harold and Kumar” stoner comedies. The third installment, “A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas,” will be released in November.

The two Sulus were introduced by another Asian American fan favorite, Garrett Wang, who played Ensign Harry Kim on “Star Trek: Voyager” (1995-2001).

“Sulu is young again in the form of John,” Takei said, noting that Cho was born three years after the original series was canceled.

Cho, who was appearing at a Trek convention for the first time, called Takei his personal hero, recalling, “I grew up thrilled to see an Asian face on TV.”

Trek Trivia: Other Asian American actors who have been featured in the franchise include Linda Park, who played Hoshi Sato in “Star Trek: Enterprise”; Patti Yasutake, who had a recurring role as Nurse Ogawa in “Star Trek: The Next Generation”; Rosalind Chao, who had a recurring role as Keiko O’Brien in “Star Trek: TNG” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”; and Jacqueline Kim, who played Sulu’s daughter, Demora, in the movie “Star Trek: Generations.”


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