George Takei turns 75 years old today. Beginning his career at a time when Asian characters on televison were extremely rare, he started out with small one-off roles in a few popular TV shows. As we all know, he eventually landed the role of Hikaru Sulu and was responsible for the character's swashbuckling fantasies that led to the scene pictured above. Outside of "Star Trek," he is an accomplished actor and activist, working for gay rights, Japanese American rights, and even getting "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" fans to stop bickering and focus on a common enemy. Clearly, it's not just okay to be Takei, it's pretty awesome.
He is also incredibly active on the internet, and there is a chance he's reading this right now. If you are George, we just want to say thanks for everything you've done, both on and off screen, and happy birthday!
Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and more, turned 89 years old today. Lee first broke into comics in 1939 after graduating high school at age 16. His uncle helped him become an assistant at Timely Comics, which would later become Marvel. His first writing to appear in a comic book was a text filler page in "Captain America" issue #3. Since then he has helped create numerous beloved characters, helped reform the Comics Code, and challenged conventional ideas of what a superhero could be. Happy birthday, Stan. Excelsior!
Leonard Nimoy turns 81 years old today. He introduced us to Spock, directed one of the best "Star Trek" films, and sang us the story of "The Hobbit." He's done so much, it's almost impossible to list every accomplishment here. He's even still going strong in the sci-fi world with a recurring role in "Fringe." Thanks for all you've given us sci-fi fans, Leonard. Happy Birthday!