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Akira Yoshimura (born May 7, 1946) is the long-serving production designer at Saturday Night Live. An original member of SNL's crew, Yoshimura has made many cameo appearances during SNL's run, most notably as Hikaru Sulu in "The Last Voyage of the Starship Enterprise", a sketch from the May 29, 1976 episode; he would make appearances as Sulu in many future Star Trek parody sketches. He also made several appearances in season 7, appearing in faux-interview segments with Mary Gross during the final phase of SNL NewsBreak (which utilized Gross as a field reporter while Christine Ebersole was at the desk).

He is only of three original crew members to still be working there; the other ones being fellow set designer Eugene Lee and SNL creator/executive producer Lorne Michaels (who only skipped the show between 1980 and 1985).

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