Leonard Nimoy, the actor, author, and film director famous for originating the role of ‘Mr. Spock’ on Gene Roddenberry’s ‘Star Trek,’ has passed away at the age of 83.
Born to working class parents in Boston’s West End, Leonard Nimoy is best recognized as the somber and logical ‘Spock’ from the original ‘Star Trek’ television series. Nimoy reprised his iconic role in ‘Star Trek’ throughout the many phases of its subsequent multi-billion dollar franchise incarnations.
From TV series (both live action and animated) to the most recent film versions helmed by director J.J. Abrams, Leonard Nimoy simply is ‘Star Trek’ for millions of fans worldwide.
His numerous TV credits also included supporting roles on ‘Get Smart,’ ‘The Twilight Zone,’ ‘Mission:Impossible,’ ‘Bonanza,’ and ‘Fringe,’ among many others. Leonard Nimoy also had a successful career as a film director. His directing credits included: ‘Three Men and a Baby,’ ‘Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock,’ and ‘Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home.’
In a career that spanned a remarkable fifty-plus years on film, stage, and television, Nimoy will always be best remembered as the half-human, half-Vulcan Spock.
“Live long and prosper,” became a signature phrase among ‘Trek’ fans and was actually created by Leonard Nimoy. Nimoy also is credited with the famous “V” hand gesture and “Vulcan Neck Pinch” which fans (and non-fans) of ‘Star Trek’ are quite familiar with.
A terrific short film, ‘The Man Who Was Spock,’ succinctly captures Nimoy’s ‘Star Trek’ legacy. (Source: The NY Times)
Family, friends, and fans of Leonard Nimoy will surely mourn his passing today. The “Head Nerd” here at Flixnerd.com is also saddened by the loss of another genre legend.
Leonard Nimoy’s creative legacy, particularly his decades-long role as the philosophical and heroic ‘Mr. Spock,’ will boldly go on for generations of fans.
Live long and prosper, Flixnerds.