Koenig To Be Takei's Best Man
Gay actor GEORGE TAKEI will wed his longtime partner in September (08) - and has chosen his STAR TREK co-star WALTER KOENIG as his best man.
The 71-year-old star - known for his role as Sulu in the 1960s sci-fi series - will wed partner Brad Altman this summer (08), after California state authorities lifted the ban on same-sex marriage last month (15May08).
Takei will marry his partner of 20 years on 14 September (08) and has invited his former castmates to the ceremony.
He tells People.com, "The best man is my colleague from Star Trek, Walter Koenig, who played Chekov, and the matron of honour is Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura). And Leonard (Nimoy) and his wife Susan are on the (guest) list."
And Takei hopes the ceremony will be more romantic than his proposal.
He explains, "We knew that the Supreme Court was going to be coming down with their ruling. (We'd heard) that it was probably going to be positive. So I was planning on asking Brad to get married.
"We were at home in the kitchen and we had the TV going, and when the word came down suddenly Brad got on his knees in front of me. And I said, 'What are you doing?' He said, 'George, will you marry me?' I said 'Yes. You beat me to it. I meant to ask you.'"