Nichols had played Enterprise crew member Nyota Uhura on the series and in several “Trek” movies.
“I will have more to say about the pioneering and incomparable Nichelle Nichols, who shared the deck with us as Lieutenant Uhura of the USS Enterprise,” Takei wrote on social media. “For today my heart is heavy, my eyes shine like the stars among which you now rest, my dearest friend.”
Abrams, who directed the 2009 reboot of “Star Trek” and 2013’s “Star Trek Into Darkness,” called Nichols “a remarkable woman in a remarkable role.”
“A remarkable woman in a remarkable role. Nichelle, you will be sorely missed. Sending lots of love and respect,” he wrote on Twitter.
‘Star Trek’ star William Shatner also paid tribute, writing, “She was a beautiful woman and played an admirable character who did so much to redefine social issues here in the United States and around the world. “
Georgian politician and ‘Trek’ fan Stacey Abrams posted a photo of herself with Nichols, captioning it: “One of my most treasured photos – Godspeed to Nichelle Nichols, champion, warrior and amazing actress. Her kindness and bravery paved the way for many. May she forever dwell among the stars.”
Actor Colman Domingo wrote, “Nichelle Nichols told us we belong in space. We are limitless. The skies gained a Uhura today.”
NASA’s official Twitter account posted a tribute saying: “We celebrate the life of Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek actress, trailblazer and role model, who symbolized for so many what was possible. She partnered with us to recruit some of the first female and minority astronauts and inspired generations to aim for the stars.”
Jason Alexander wrote, “My love for the original Star Trek runs deep. Nichelle Nichols has been a glorious trailblazer and ambassador for her show, her role and her science all her life. And a truly lovely person. May she live a wonderful adventure to the final frontier.”