Shatner, Takei give Ohio events ‘Star Trek’ glow

COLUMBUS (AP) — Captain Kirk in Columbus. Sulu in Cincinnati.

Actors William Shatner and George Takei, who played those characters in the original “Star Trek” series, were both in Ohio this weekend headlining separate events.

Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk on “Star Trek” and later became TV’s T.J. Hooker and Priceline’s “negotiator,” appeared Friday through Sunday at the Wizard World Comic Con at the Columbus Convention Center.

Takei, who played Mr. Sulu on the 1960s series, was serving as grand marshal of Cincinnati’s annual Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati USA, one of the nation’s largest and oldest celebrations of German culture, food and drink.

Besides leading downtown Cincinnati crowds in the “chicken dance,” Takei also performed with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.

Both heavily attended events continued Sunday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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