Leonard Nimoy, Spock On 'Star Trek,' Dead At 83
February 27, 2015 at 2:14 PM (PT)
LEONARD NIMOY, the point-eared, infuriatingly rational human-alien from "Star Trek," died on FRIDAY morning in his BEL AIR, LOS ANGELES, home at 83. The first officer of the STARSHIP ENTERPRISWE suffered from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to his wife SUSAN BAY NIMOY.
NIMOY first announced he had the disease last year, citing the smoking habit he had given up three decades ago. He had been hospitalized earlier in the week.
NIMOY was a noted aficionado of poetry, photography and music in addition to acting, but it was his role as SPOCK that turned him into a cultural icon as the brainy VULCAN with his patented salutation, "Live long and prosper."
NIMOY was teaching Method acting at his own studio when he was cast in the original “Star Trek” television series in the mid-'60s, later admitting a personal kinship with the character, even while titling his two autobiographies, "I Am Not Spock" (1977) and "I Am Spock" (1995).
“Star Trek,” which had its premiere on NBC on SEPTEMBER 8th, 1966, made NIMOY a star. Creator GENE RODENBERRY dubbed him “the conscience" of the show, which lasted just three seasons but developed an outsized cult following that continues to fuel TREKKIE conventions and numerous TV and film spinoffs to this day, most recently J. J. ABRAMS' reboot.
NIMOY had a starring role in the dramatic television series “Mission: Impossible” and frequently performed onstage, notably as TEVYE in “Fiddler on the Roof.” He published several volumes of poetry and books of his photography.
He also directed movies, including two from the “Star Trek” franchise, and television shows. He also made records, singing pop songs as well as original songs about “Star Trek,” and gave spoken-word performances. NIMOY's music featured campy covers of songs such as “If I Had a Hammer.” His first album was called “LEONARD NIMOY Presents Mr. Spock’s Music From Outer Space."
Born in BOSTON on MARCH 26th, 1931, LEONARD SIMON NIMOY was the second son of UKRAINIAN immigrants and ORTHODOX JEWS. His father MAX worked as a barber. Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, ADAM and JULIE; a stepson, AARON BAY SCHUCK; and six grandchildren; one great-grandchild, and an older brother, MELVIN.
“To this day, I sense VULCAN speech patterns, VULCAN social attitudes and even VULCAN patterns of logic and emotional suppression in my behavior,” NIMOY wrote. “Given the choice, if I had to be someone else, I would be SPOCK.”
ZACHARY QUINTO, who took over the role of SPOCK in J. J. ABRAMS' movies, paid tribute to NIMOY on SIRIUSXM's "Tell Me Everything" with JOHN FULGELSANG, which can be heard here.