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George Takei: A Tweet Success

As he launches his new AARP YouTube series, the 'Star Trek' icon and Twitter star reflects on his life’s remarkable journey

George Takei holds a YouTube poster, AARP On The Web (Michel DeAscentiis)

When George Takei tweets, people follow and re-tweet him. When he posts on Facebook, they "Like" him. Now that he's appearing on his own AARP YouTube series, fans can watch him and laugh. — Michel DeAscentiis

Below the window of his condo's fitness center on Manhattan's West 57th Street, George Takei can see elementary school children crowding into classes.

A few doors west, at Carnegie Hall, throngs of grown-up concertgoers push through the entrance each night.

For both demographics — and all those in between — the smiling man on the treadmill is a familiar face. And the moment he opens his mouth to speak, that rolling voice makes his identity unmistakable.

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I feel grateful that I can go down to the fitness center every morning and huff and puff," the 76-year-old actor says, each word hitting a different, vaguely musical note. "This is a very important year that I have to live through, because my father passed at 76. So far, so good!"

Takei laughs, and his laugh is as tuneful as his conversational voice.

Pick your medium, and Takei has made his mark on it.

From his days as Mr. Sulu on TV's Star Trek and its big-screen sequels to his countless cartoon voice-over gigs to his indelible appearances as a Sharp electronics pitchman ("Oh MYYYY!") to his breakout debut as a pithy Facebook and Twitter commentator, Takei has become all but inescapable — and that's a good thing for all of us.

Next page: George Takei becomes a social media ambassador. »

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