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.
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.
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