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George Takei to speak at USF

By staff
Published: August 28, 2015 Updated: August 28, 2015 at 04:38 PM
Actor and social activist George Takei will appear at the USF Sun Dome in 2016. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE

Oh my — George Takei is coming to the University of South Florida this spring.

The actor famous for portraying Mr. Sulu in the original “Star Trek” TV series and films will appear at the USF Sun Dome for “An Evening With George Takei” on April 18 at 8 p.m., according to a Facebook announcement from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Takei, 78, has experienced a career resurgence over the past few years after becoming a regular on “The Howard Stern Show” and becoming a social media sensation with more than 8.8 million Facebook likes.

A documentary about his life, “To Be Takei,” premiered on Netflix in 2014. Takei is currently starring on Broadway in the musical “Allegiance,” which was inspired by his personal experiences in a Japanese internment camp inside the U.S.

“Takei’s story goes where few stories have gone before. From a childhood spent with his family wrongfully imprisoned in a Japanese Internment Camp during World War II to becoming one of the country’s leading figures in the fight for social justice, Takei remains a powerful voice on issues ranging from politics to pop culture,” the announcement said.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Oct. 2, according to the announcement, though what channels they’ll be available through, or what the price will be, was not announced yet. The first 3,000 USF students will be admitted to the event for free.