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George Takei's 'Celebrity Apprentice' Charity: 'Star Trek' Actor Supports Japanese-American National Museum (VIDEO)


First Posted: 01/20/12 04:05 PM ET Updated: 01/20/12 04:16 PM ET

George Takei will be raising money for the Japanese-American National Museum during this season of "The Celebrity Apprentice." The charity holds a very personal meaning for the former "Star Trek" actor. The son of Japanese-American immigrants, Takei and his family were incarcerated in two different Japanese internment camps for two years during World War Two.

On "Good Day L.A." (weekdays, 9 a.m. PT on Fox) Takei reflected on that painful experience. "I still remember the way [my father] summed it all up. He said, 'America's strength and weakness is in the fact that it's a peoples' democracy. It can be as great as the people can be, but it's as fallible as people are.'"

Not only will Takei be raising money to support the museum, but he's also telling the story of that dark chapter of American history in a musical called "Allegiance," a play that tells the story of a Japanese-American family imprisoned in an internment camp during the war. He told CNN that the musical, which is coming to Broadway in September of 2012, was "the culmination of his life's work."

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