|George Takei in Toronto - April 2012|
Now this is a real honour! He may be known internationally for his work on Star Trek as Hikaru Sulu, but Actor/Political Activist George Takei just now is hitting his best stride as a Star of Social Media. Takei who celebrated his 75th Birthday in Toronto Friday night, also is in-town to receive honours at the Sakura Ball for his achievements in the Arts and also politically, for his championing of Japanese-American Relations and Gay Rights. The Sakura Award is handed to one Individual who has had a significant impact on how Japan is viewed and accepted on a Global scale.
The $1,000-per-head Gala held at Don Mills' Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre is now in its fourth year and past Honorees include Canadian Icon David Suzuki.
Takei this Evening was accompanied by Husband Brad Altman (above, bottom right) to accept his Award and earlier in the day he was spotted out and about on a brisk stroll in Yorkville, before returning to his Hotel to get suited-up for the Black Tie Affair. Refined, gracious and humbled, Takei took his time greeting Fans before stepping into his black Limousine in that old school Hollywood flare he radiates. A true Gentleman and a real inspiration to me on a personal level.
One of his Handlers who oversees Social Media affairs, reveals to me that he was responsible for posting a Photo of Takei getting ready to blow the candles on his Birthday Cake last night in the City and might have snapped a Photo of us to be posted on his Facebook Page, which currently boasts over 1.6 million Fans! On Twitter, Takei has a devout Fanbase in-excess of 350k Followers.
Takei has developed a reputation for sharing insightful and humorous Memes (notable images shared via Social Media), connecting with and touching the hearts of many - a unique ability making him relevant across multiple demographics and generations.
He currently can be seen in the U.S. doing a brief Arc on Steven Seagal's True Justice, which airs on the ReelzChannel.
(Photo credit: Mr. Will-W.)