George Hosato Takei was born on April 20, 1937. He is an American actor and author, best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the television series Star Trek. Takei is also a proponent of gay rights and active in state and local politics apart from his continued acting career. He has won several awards and recognition in his work on human rights and Japanese-American relations, including his work with the Japanese American National Museum. Takei enrolled in the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied architecture. Later he attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where he received both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in theater. He attended the Shakespeare Institute at Stratford-upon-Avon in England, and Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. In Hollywood, he studied acting at the Desilu Workshop. In 2004, the government of Japan named Asteroid 7307 "Takei" after him. In June 2012, the American Humanist Association gave Takei the LGBT Humanist Award. His book, Oh Myyy! (There Goes The Internet) was released on December 21, 2013 and became a New York Times bestseller in 2014.