Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)

Wow.  This obit is a tough one to write.  Because this actor is one I grew up watching on a series and in the movies I will always enjoy.

Leonard Nimoy.

His hometown was Boston, Nimoy started acting when he was a child.  By the time he was in his teens, he knew he’d found his calling.

Nimoy’s early career consisted mostly of roles in B movies and in various television series.  But like most people, I first remember Leonard Nimoy from the original Star Trek television series.  But I also recall his career after Star Trek was cancelled in 1969.  As a regular on the TV series Mission: Impossible and in guest appearances on other shows, particularly Fringe, where he had a recurring role.  Nimoy hosted and narrated the series In Search of and Ancient Mysteries.  He directed movies (3 Men and a Baby; Star Trek III, the Search for Spock; Star Trek IV, the Voyage Home) and TV (Night Gallery; T.J. Hooker).

However, his work wasn’t limited to film.  Nimoy starred on stage, most notably as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof.  He recorded albums, doing covers of pop songs.  He wrote autobiographies and poetry.  And he became a renowned photographer.  Yet Nimoy was still drawn to films and found time to do voiceover work in television (The Big Bang Theory), feature films (Transformers, Dark of the Moon), and documentaries (A Life Apart, Hasidism in America; Destiny in Space).

But let’s face it.  For most of the world, Leonard Nimoy will always be Spock, the Vulcan first officer and science officer of the starship Enterprise.  Spock -- who at first scared the network executives for being too “evil” looking and sure to be rejected by TV audiences -- became one of the most beloved characters in television history.  And this was in no small part due to Nimoy’s ability to let the viewers see the heart of an alien who professed to be in control of his emotions.

Nimoy understood the love Star Trek fans had for the series and for Spock.  He attended conventions where thousands would cheer.  And he graciously acknowledged and thanked them for their devotion to a TV series that originally ran only three seasons.  A series that led to five spinoff series (including the excellent animated series); ten feature films; and a reboot by J.J. Abrams that has included two feature films so far – both of which featured Nimoy.

He was an exceptionally talented man, always looking for the next challenge.  And he conquered them all.

I leave you with the last post from Nimoy’s Twitter account.  And his last wish for his fans: Live long and prosper.

“A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP”


Flickr: CC          : Phoenix Comicon Memorial Day weekend 2011          Photo by Devon Christopher Adams