Leonard Nimoy
Leonard Nimoy
Leonard Simon Nimoy is an American actor, film director, poet, musician and photographer. Nimoy is best known for his role of Spock in the original Star Trek series, and in multiple film, television, and video-game sequels. Nimoy began his career in his early twenties, teaching acting classes in Hollywood and making minor film and television appearances through the 1950s, as well as playing the title role in Kid Monk Baroni. In 1953, he served in the United States Army.
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Popular photos of Leonard Nimoy
February 27, 2015
Fans pay tribute to Leonard Nimoy at the late actor's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
September 26, 2013
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September 11, 2013
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September 10, 2013
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May 16, 2013
Paramount Pictures Premieres "Star Trek: Into Darkness"
May 15, 2013
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May 14, 2013
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November 30, 2012
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Early Signpost of The Trump Era: Heinlein's 'Future History' and Asimov's 'Foundation' at 75
Huffington Post - about 2 months
As the bizarre, toxic yet darkly fascinating year 2016 has faded completely into an unknown 2017, a question or two occurs with relevance to the next few years. Did legendary science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein predict much of what has just happened in a series of stories he worked out before the United States entered World War II? In his 'Future History' series, Heinlein did point to a presidential election which occurs right about, well, now as the moment in which the United States falls into "a dictatorship of superstition." The cause? The election, during the nation's most tempestuous and combustible of campaigns, of an anti-intellectual, anti-science, anti-foreigner populist appealing to racists and fundamentalist Christians and uber-rich reactionaries who wins a narrow victory. In the last presidential election for 75 years. Who was it who said it can't happen here? And, oh yes, did legendary science fiction writer Isaac Asimov give rise to a fateful fascination wit ...
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The 50-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History Of 'Star Trek'
Huffington Post - 6 months
By Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman     WHAT A LONG STRANGE TREK IT'S BEEN   HOLLYWOOD IS THE ONLY BUSINESS WHERE YOU GET TO SHAKE HANDS WITH YOUR DREAMS —writer/director NICHOLAS MEYER Sitting across from me at a small table in a cluttered room in a Miami cemetery was the bearded rabbi with a small yarmulke resting atop his mop of thick gray hair, who was about to conduct my grandmother Edna's graveside funeral. As we all sat around in a melancholy haze as the fateful time approached to bury Edna, I'll never forget the words he shared with me when he found out what I did for a living at the time. "I love Star Trek," he stammered excitedly. "You know why I think that show is so significant? Every story had a moral; it was a parable for the same ethical issues we grapple with in religion every day. I think it's a very meaningful and important show. The original, at least. The others were crap." Now, I wouldn't necessarily say "amen" to that (although admittedly some of the s ...
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Review: ‘For the Love of Spock,’ a Son’s Tribute to Leonard Nimoy
NYTimes - 6 months
Adam Nimoy’s documentary about his father nimbly straddles biography and “Star Trek” valentine, but also recounts the fraught but devoted ties between father and son.
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NASA is run by a bunch of 'Star Trek' nerds, and this photo proves it
Yahoo News - 6 months
NASA mission controllers are some of the biggest Star Trek fans in the universe, so it only makes sense that they would celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original series in true nerdy style.  Instead of showing its usual graphic of the International Space Station on a world map in mission control, Thursday's live view of the station's current position is represented by Captain Kirk's intrepid Starship Enterprise. SEE ALSO: Facebook changes Like buttons to celebrate Star Trek's 50th anniversary NASA's love of Star Trek has been known among space fans for quite some time.  In honor of #StarTrek50, an Enterprise icon is used to show where station is on the world map in Mission Control! pic.twitter.com/HF6H6rM3nm — Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) September 8, 2016 The agency even named one of its space shuttles "Enterprise" after Star Trek fans launched a letter-writing campaign in the 1970s. The shuttle was originally going to be named the Constitution to celebrate the bicentenni ...
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'For the Love of Spock' honors Leonard Nimoy as 'Star Trek' turns 50
CNN - 6 months
The ostensible selling point of "For the Love of Spock" -- a documentary about the late Leonard Nimoy -- is the personal connection that his son, Adam, directed it. Alas, that turns out to be weakest aspect of this warm, nostalgic window into the "Star Trek" universe.
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As ‘Star Trek’ Turns 50, a Complicated Legacy for Creator Gene Roddenberry
Wall Street Journal - 6 months
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Everything You Never Knew About 'Star Trek,' Spock and Leonard Nimoy
ABC News - 10 months
Adam Nimoy lost his father, Leonard, in the middle of filming what was supposed to be a celebration of "Star Trek's" 50th anniversary and its influence on pop culture.
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'For the Love of Spock' documentary remembers Leonard Nimoy of 'Star Trek'
LATimes - 11 months
A little over a year ago, Leonard Nimoy, the actor known for his iconic “Star Trek” role as Spock, died. His son Adam committed at the time to making a documentary to chronicle his father's impact. Ahead of the debut of the film, “For the Love of Spock,” on Saturday at the Tribeca Film Festival,...
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'Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage' goes where few have gone before: the music of the sci-fi franchise
LATimes - 11 months
"Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise…" You can't recall those famous words — which introduced "Star Trek" to TV audiences in 1966 and have been spoken over the years by William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Patrick Stewart and Chris Pine, all playing officers of...
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David Bowie, Alan Rickman And More Honored In Oscars 'In Memoriam' Segment
Huffington Post - 12 months
The world lost so many talented artists this year, and the 2016 Oscars made sure to honor their memories.  As Dave Grohl took to the stage to sing a touching rendition of "Blackbird," tributes to late Hollywood greats including David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Wes Craven, Maureen O'Hara, Leonard Nimoy, James Horner and Christopher Lee appeared on screen.  Here's Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl performing The Beatles' 'Blackbird' for the Oscars' In Memoriam segment pic.twitter.com/UgblWqqxY6 — Gigwise (@Gigwise) February 29, 2016 .@foofighters' Dave Grohl covers "Blackbird" in memoriam for the great talent lost in the previous year #Oscars pic.twitter.com/w61hnrs21z — China Xinhua News (@XHNews) February 29, 2016 The #Oscars In Memoriam including the late and great Alan Rickman #AcademyAwards /* pic.twitter.com/I6jMCNJuuO — SnitchSeeker.com (@SnitchSeeker) February 29, 2016 We shall always remember their talents and cherish the moments they shared with ...
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Scalia And Leonard Nimoy: Justice's Death Spurs Conspiracy Theories
NPR - about 1 year
The second-guessing started when the cause of Antonin Scalia's death was established over the phone by a local justice of the peace and no autopsy was ordered.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Leonard Nimoy
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  • 2015
    Age 83
    Nimoy died of complications from COPD on February 27, 2015, at the age of 83, in his Bel Air home.
    More Details Hide Details He was survived by his wife; two children; six grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and his elder brother, Melvin. Adam Nimoy said that as his father came closer to death, "he mellowed out. He made his family a priority and his career became secondary." A few days before his death, Nimoy shared some of his poetry on social media website Twitter: "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP".
    Nimoy has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. On June 2, 2015, the asteroid 4864 Nimoy was named after him.
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    The Big Bang Theory, to which Nimoy lent his voice, paid tribute to him after his death. A vanity card at the end of a March 2015 episode included a picture of Nimoy with the caption, "The impact you had on our show and on our lives is everlasting."
    More Details Hide Details As part of a campaign for the 2016 feature film Star Trek Beyond, aimed at benefiting several charities, Zachary Quinto and other cast members posted a video tribute to Nimoy, and the feature film itself also paid tribute to Nimoy. Its director, Justin Lin, explained: "It's something you'll see in the film. It obviously affected everybody, because he's been a big part of our lives. There's an attempt to acknowledge that in some way." Adam Nimoy directed a biographical documentary on his father, entitled For the Love of Spock, which Quinto narrated and with which Shatner was also involved. For charity, Shatner used selfies made by Nimoy's fans to create an online tribute mosaic of Spock's vulcan salute. In June 2015, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory renamed a -wide asteroid, originally discovered in 1988, in the Solar System's main asteroid belt, 4864 Nimoy, in honor of the actor.
    Nimoy was buried in Los Angeles on March 1, 2015.
    More Details Hide Details The service was attended by nearly 300 family members, friends and former colleagues, as well as Zachary Quinto, Chris Pine, and J. J. Abrams. Though Shatner could not attend, he was represented by his daughters. Cast members of Star Trek who had worked alongside Nimoy gave personal tributes after his death. William Shatner wrote of Nimoy, "I loved him like a brother.... We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love." George Takei called him an "extraordinarily talented man" and a "very decent human being". Walter Koenig said that after working with Nimoy, he discovered Nimoy's "compassion, his intelligence and his humanity." Nichelle Nichols noted that Nimoy's integrity, passion and devotion as an actor "helped transport Star Trek into television history." Quinto, who portrayed Spock as a young man in Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, wrote, "My heart is broken. I love you profoundly my dear friend. And I will miss you every day."
    On February 19, 2015, having been in and out of hospitals for several months, Nimoy was taken to UCLA Medical Center for chest pains.
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    In 2015 an asteroid was named 4864 Nimoy in his honor.
    More Details Hide Details In September 2016, For the Love of Spock, a feature-film documentary that covered his life and career, was released.
  • 2014
    Age 82
    In February 2014, Nimoy revealed publicly that he had been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a condition he attributed to a smoking addiction he had given up about 30 years earlier.
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    In 2014, Walter Koenig revealed in a Las Vegas Sun interview that Leonard Nimoy personally and successfully advocated equal pay for both his and Nichelle Nichols' work on Star Trek to the show's producers.
    More Details Hide Details This incident was confirmed by Nimoy in a Trekmovie interview and happened during his years at Desilu.
  • 2013
    Age 81
    In 2013, Nimoy reprised his role as Ambassador Spock in a cameo appearance in Star Trek Into Darkness, and is the only actor from the original series to appear in Abrams' Star Trek films.
    More Details Hide Details Nimoy's interest in photography began in childhood; for the rest of his life, he owned a camera that he rebuilt at the age of 13. In the 1970s, he studied photography at the University of California, Los Angeles. His photography studies at UCLA occurred after Star Trek and Mission: Impossible, when Nimoy seriously considered changing careers. His work has been exhibited at the R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton, Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • 2012
    Age 80
    On August 30, 2012, Nimoy narrated a satirical segment about Mitt Romney's life on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
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    Nimoy reprised his role as Master Xehanort in the 2012 video game Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.
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    Also in 2012, Nimoy reprised his role of William Bell in Fringe for the fourth season episodes "Letters of Transit" and "Brave New World" parts 1 & 2.
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    Nimoy provided the voice of Spock as a guest star in a Season 5 episode of the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory titled "The Transporter Malfunction", which aired on March 29, 2012.
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  • 2011
    Age 79
    In May 2011, Nimoy made a cameo appearance in the alternate version music video of Bruno Mars' "The Lazy Song".
    More Details Hide Details Aaron Bay-Schuck, the Atlantic Records executive who signed Bruno Mars to the label, is Nimoy's stepson.
    Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep was to be his final performance; however, in February 2011, he announced his intent to return to Fringe and reprise his role as William Bell.
    More Details Hide Details Nimoy continued voice acting despite his retirement; his appearance in the third season of Fringe included his voice (his character appeared only in animated scenes), and he provided the voice of Sentinel Prime in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
  • 2010
    Age 78
    In April 2010, Leonard Nimoy announced that he was retiring from playing Spock, citing both his advanced age and the desire to give Zachary Quinto the opportunity to enjoy full media attention with the Spock character.
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    Nimoy also provided voiceovers for the Star Trek Online massive multiplayer online game, released in February 2010, as well as Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep as Master Xehanort, the series' leading villain.
    More Details Hide Details Tetsuya Nomura, the director of Birth by Sleep, stated that he chose Nimoy for the role specifically because of his role as Spock. Nimoy would later reprise this role for Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance in 2012. Nimoy was also a frequent and popular reader for "Selected Shorts", an ongoing series of programs at Symphony Space in New York City (that also tours around the country) which features actors, and sometimes authors, reading works of short fiction. The programs are broadcast on radio and available on websites through Public Radio International, National Public Radio and WNYC radio. Nimoy was honored by Symphony Space with the renaming of the Thalia Theater as the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater.
  • 2009
    Age 77
    In 2009, Nimoy was honored by his childhood hometown when the Office of Mayor Thomas Menino proclaimed the date of November 14, 2009, as Leonard Nimoy Day in the City of Boston.
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    In the May 9, 2009, episode of Saturday Night Live, Nimoy appeared as a surprise guest in the "Weekend Update" segment with Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine, who play the young Spock and Kirk in the Star Trek that had just premiered days earlier.
    More Details Hide Details In the sketch, the three actors attempt to appease long-time Trekkers by assuring them that the new film would be true to the original Star Trek. In 1991, Nimoy starred in Never Forget, which he co-produced with Robert B. Radnitz. The movie was about a pro bono publico lawsuit by an attorney on behalf of Mel Mermelstein, played by Nimoy as an Auschwitz survivor, against a group of organizations engaged in Holocaust denial. Nimoy said he experienced a strong "sense of fulfillment" from doing the film. In 2007, he produced the play, Shakespeare's Will by Canadian Playwright Vern Thiessen. The one-woman show starred Jeanmarie Simpson as Shakespeare's wife, Anne Hathaway. The production was directed by Nimoy's wife, Susan Bay.
    Nimoy played the reoccurring enigmatic character of Dr. William Bell on the television show Fringe. Nimoy opted for the role after previously working with Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman on the 2009 Star Trek film and offered another opportunity to work with this production team again.
    More Details Hide Details Nimoy also was interested in the series, which he saw was an intelligent mixture of science and science fiction, and continued to guest star through the show's fourth season, even after his stated 2012 retirement from acting. Nimoy's first appearance as Bell was in the Season 1 finale, "There's More Than One of Everything", which explored the possible existence of a parallel universe.
  • 2007
    Age 75
    U.S. President Barack Obama, who had met Nimoy in 2007, remembered him as "a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time."
    More Details Hide Details Former NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin called Nimoy "a fellow space traveler because he helped make the journey into the final frontier accessible to us all."
  • 2000
    Age 68
    In 2000, he provided on-camera hosting and introductions for 45 half-hour episodes of an anthology series entitled Our 20th Century on the AEN TV Network.
    More Details Hide Details The series covers world news, sports, entertainment, technology, and fashion using original archive news clips from 1930 to 1975 from the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and other private archival sources.
  • 1997
    Age 65
    In 1997 Nimoy played the prophet Samuel, alongside Nathaniel Parker, in The Bible Collection movie David.
    More Details Hide Details Nimoy also appeared in several popular television series, including Futurama and The Simpsons, as both himself and Spock.
  • 1995
    Age 63
    His final directorial credit was in 1995 for the episode "Killshot", the pilot for the television series Deadly Games.
    More Details Hide Details Nimoy authored two volumes of autobiography. The first was called I Am Not Spock (1975) and was controversial, as many fans incorrectly assumed that Nimoy was distancing himself from the Spock character. In the book, Nimoy conducts dialogues between himself and Spock. The contents of this first autobiography also touched on a self-proclaimed "identity crisis" that seemed to haunt Nimoy throughout his career. It also related to an apparent love/hate relationship with the character of Spock and the Trek franchise. The second volume, I Am Spock (1995), saw Nimoy communicating that he finally realized his years of portraying the Spock character had led to a much greater identification between the fictional character and himself. Nimoy had much input into how Spock would act in certain situations, and conversely, Nimoy's contemplation of how Spock acted gave him cause to think about things in a way that he never would have thought if he had not portrayed the character. As such, in this autobiography Nimoy maintains that in some meaningful sense he has merged with Spock while at the same time maintaining the distance between fact and fiction.
  • 1994
    Age 62
    From 1994 until 1997, Nimoy narrated the Ancient Mysteries series on A&E including "The Sacred Water of Lourdes" and "Secrets of the Romanovs".
    More Details Hide Details He also appeared in advertising in the United Kingdom for the computer company Time Computers in the late 1990s.
    In 1994, Nimoy voiced Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in The Pagemaster.
    More Details Hide Details In 1998, he had a leading role as Mustapha Mond in Brave New World, a TV-movie version of Aldous Huxley's novel.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1991
    Age 59
    Nimoy also provided the narration for the 1991 CBS paranormal series Haunted Lives: True Ghost Stories.
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  • 1989
    Age 57
    On New Year's Day 1989, Nimoy married his second wife, actress Susan Bay, cousin of director Michael Bay.
    More Details Hide Details In the 2001 documentary film Mind Meld, in which Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner discuss their acting careers and personal lives, Nimoy revealed that he became an alcoholic while working on Star Trek and ended up in drug rehabilitation. William Shatner, in his 2008 book Up Till Now: The Autobiography, spoke about how later in their lives, Nimoy tried to help Shatner's alcoholic wife, Nerine Kidd. Nimoy has said that the character of Spock, which he played twelve to fourteen hours a day, five days a week, influenced his personality in private life. Each weekend during the original run of the series, he would be in character throughout Saturday and into Sunday, behaving more like Spock than himself—more logical, more rational, more thoughtful, less emotional and finding a calm in every situation. It was only on Sunday in the early afternoon that Spock's influence on his behavior would fade off and he would feel more himself again—only to start the cycle over again on Monday morning. Years after the show he observed Vulcan speech patterns, social attitudes, patterns of logic and emotional suppression in his own behavior.
  • 1987
    Age 55
    After 32 years of marriage, he reportedly left Sandra on her 56th birthday and divorced her in 1987.
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  • 1986
    Age 54
    He worked occasionally as a voice actor in animated feature films, including the character of Galvatron in The Transformers: The Movie in 1986.
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  • 1982
    Age 50
    From 1982 to 1987, Nimoy hosted the children's educational show Standby: Lights, Camera, Action on Nickelodeon.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1980
    Age 48
    During 1980, Nimoy hosted the "Adventure Night" segment of the radio drama series Mutual Radio Theater, heard via the Mutual Broadcasting System.
    More Details Hide Details Nimoy lent his voice as narrator to the 1994 IMAX documentary film, Destiny in Space, showcasing film-footage of space from nine Space Shuttle missions over four years time. In 1999, he voiced the narration of the English version of the Sega Dreamcast game Seaman and promoted Y2K educational films. Together with John de Lancie, another actor from the Star Trek franchise, Nimoy created Alien Voices, an audio-production venture that specializes in audio dramatizations. Among the works jointly narrated by the pair are The Time Machine, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Lost World, The Invisible Man and The First Men in the Moon, as well as several television specials for the Sci-Fi Channel. In an interview published on the official Star Trek website, Nimoy said that Alien Voices was discontinued because the series did not sell well enough to recoup costs.
  • 1975
    Age 43
    In 1975, his renditions of Ray Bradbury's There Will Come Soft Rains and Usher II, both from The Martian Chronicles, were released on Caedmon Records.
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    In 1975 he toured with and played the title role in the Royal Shakespeare Company's Sherlock Holmes.
    More Details Hide Details A number of authors have noted parallels between the rational Holmes and the character of Spock, and it became a running theme in Star Trek fan clubs. Star Trek writer Nicholas Meyer said that "the link between Spock and Holmes was obvious to everyone." Meyer gives a few examples, including a scene in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, in which Spock quotes directly from a Conan Doyle book and credits Holmes as a forefather to the logic he was espousing. In addition, the connection was implied in Star Trek: The Next Generation, which paid homage to both Holmes and Spock. By 1977, when Nimoy played Martin Dysart in Equus on Broadway, he had played 13 important roles in 27 cities, including Tevye, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, and Randle McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. In 1981 he starred in Vincent, a one-man show which Nimoy wrote and published as a book in 1984. The audio recording of the play is available on DVD under the title, Van Gogh Revisited It was based on the life of artist Vincent van Gogh, in which Nimoy played Van Gogh's brother Theo. Other plays included Oliver!, at the Melody Top Theater in Milwaukee, 6 Rms Riv Vu opposite Sandy Dennis, in Florida, Full Circle with Bibi Anderson in Washington, D.C., and later in Full Circle. He was in Camelot, The King and I, Caligula, The Four Poster, and My Fair Lady.
  • 1974
    Age 42
    He starred as Randle McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in 1974, a year prior to its release as a feature film, with Jack Nicholson in the same role.
    More Details Hide Details During the run of the play, Nimoy took over as its director and wanted his character to be "rough and tough," and insisted on having tattoos. The costumer for the show, Sharon White, was amused: "That was sort of an intimate thing.... Here I am with Mr. Spock, for god's sakes, and I am painting pictures on his arms."
  • 1973
    Age 41
    Nimoy made his directorial debut in 1973, with the "Death on a Barge" segment for an episode of Night Gallery during its final season.
    More Details Hide Details It was not until the early 1980s that Nimoy resumed directing on a consistent basis, ranging from television shows to motion pictures. Nimoy directed Star Trek III: The Search for Spock in 1984 and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home in 1986. He also directed the 1987 film Three Men and a Baby. The following year he directed The Good Mother (1988). In 1994 he directed the film Holy Matrimony.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1971
    Age 39
    Nimoy also won acclaim for a series of stage roles. In 1971 he played the starring role of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, which toured for eight weeks.
    More Details Hide Details Nimoy, who had performed in the Yiddish theater as a young man, said the part was like a "homecoming" for him, explaining that his parents, like Tevya, also came from a shtetl in Russia and could relate to the play when they saw him in it. Later that year he starred as Arthur Goldman in The Man in the Glass Booth at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego.
  • 1969
    Age 37
    Following Star Trek in 1969, Nimoy immediately joined the cast of the spy series Mission: Impossible, which was seeking a replacement for Martin Landau.
    More Details Hide Details Nimoy was cast in the role of Paris, an IMF agent who was an ex-magician and make-up expert, "The Great Paris". He played the role during seasons four and five (1969–1971). Nimoy had been strongly considered as part of the initial cast for the show, but remained in the Spock role on Star Trek. He co-starred with Yul Brynner and Richard Crenna in the Western movie Catlow (1971). He also had roles in two episodes of Rod Serling's Night Gallery (1972 and 1973) and Columbo (1973), season 2 episode 6 entitled "A Stitch in Crime"; Nimoy played a murderous doctor (Dr. Barry Mayfield) who was one of the few murderers with whom Columbo became angry. Nimoy appeared in various made-for-television films such as Assault on the Wayne (1970), Baffled! (1972), The Alpha Caper (1973), The Missing Are Deadly (1974), Seizure: The Story Of Kathy Morris (1980), and Marco Polo (1982). He received an Emmy Award nomination for best supporting actor for the television film A Woman Called Golda (1982), for playing the role of Morris Meyerson, Golda Meir's husband, opposite Ingrid Bergman as Golda in her final role.
  • 1966
    Age 34
    Nimoy was known for his portrayal of Spock, the half-human, half-Vulcan character he played on Star Trek from the first 1966 TV episode to the film, Star Trek Into Darkness, in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Biographer Dennis Fischer states that it was Nimoy's "most important role," and Nimoy was later credited by others for bringing "dignity and intelligence to one of the most revered characters in science fiction." The character was to become iconic, considered one of the most popular alien characters ever portrayed on television. Viewers admired Spock's "coolness, his intelligence," and his ability to take on successfully any task, adds Fischer. As a result, Nimoy's character "took the public by storm," nearly eclipsing the star of the show, William Shatner's Captain Kirk. President Obama, who said he loved Spock, similarly described Nimoy's character as "cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the center of Star Treks optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity's future." Nimoy and Shatner, who portrayed his commanding officer, became close friends during the years the show was on television, and were "like brothers," said Shatner. Star Trek was broadcast from 1966 to 1969. Nimoy earned three Emmy Award nominations for his work on the program.
  • 1962
    Age 30
    He appeared in Gunsmoke in 1962 as Arnie and in 1966 as John Walking Fox.
    More Details Hide Details Nimoy and Star Trek co-star William Shatner first worked together on an episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., "The Project Strigas Affair" (1964). Their characters were from opposite sides of the Iron Curtain, though with his saturnine looks, Nimoy was the villain, with Shatner playing a reluctant U.N.C.L.E. recruit. On the stage, Nimoy played the lead role in a short run of Gore Vidal's Visit to a Small Planet in 1968 (shortly before the end of the Star Trek series) at the Pheasant Run Playhouse in St. Charles, Illinois.
    Nimoy appeared four times in ethnic roles on NBC's Wagon Train, the No. 1 program of 1962.
    More Details Hide Details He portrayed Bernabe Zamora in "The Estaban Zamora Story" (1959), "Cherokee Ned" in "The Maggie Hamilton Story" (1960), Joaquin Delgado in "The Tiburcio Mendez Story" (1961) and Emeterio Vasquez in "The Baylor Crowfoot Story" (1962). Nimoy appeared in Bonanza (1960), The Rebel (1960), Two Faces West (1961), Rawhide (1961), The Untouchables (1962), The Eleventh Hour (1962), Perry Mason (1963; playing murderer Pete Chennery in "The Case of the Shoplifter's Shoe", episode 13 of season 6), Combat! (1963, 1965), Daniel Boone, The Outer Limits (1964), The Virginian (1963–1965; first working with Star Trek co-star DeForest Kelley in "Man of Violence", episode 14 of season 2, in 1963), and Get Smart (1966). He appeared again in the 1995 Outer Limits series.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1959
    Age 27
    In 1959, Nimoy was cast as Luke Reid in the "Night of Decision" episode of the ABC/Warner Bros. western series Colt .45, starring Wayde Preston and directed by Leslie H. Martinson.
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  • 1958
    Age 26
    He had guest roles in the Sea Hunt series from 1958 to 1960 and a minor role in the 1961 The Twilight Zone episode "A Quality of Mercy".
    More Details Hide Details He also appeared in the syndicated Highway Patrol starring Broderick Crawford.
  • 1957
    Age 25
    On television, Nimoy appeared in two episodes of the 1957–1958 syndicated military drama The Silent Service, based on actual events of the submarine section of the United States Navy.
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  • 1954
    Age 22
    Nimoy was married twice. In 1954, he married actress Sandra Zober (1927–2011); they had two children, Julie and Adam.
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    Nimoy played an Army sergeant in the 1954 science fiction thriller Them! and a professor in the 1958 science fiction movie The Brain Eaters, and had a role in The Balcony (1963), a film adaptation of the Jean Genet play.
    More Details Hide Details With Vic Morrow, he co-produced a 1966 version of Deathwatch, an English-language film version of Genet's play Haute Surveillance, adapted and directed by Morrow and starring Nimoy. The story dealt with three prison inmates. Partly as a result of his role, he then taught drama classes to members of Synanon, a drug rehab center, explaining: "Give a little here and it always comes back."
  • 1952
    Age 20
    Nimoy spent more than a decade receiving only small parts in B movies and the lead in one, along with a minor TV role. He believed that playing the title role in the 1952 film Kid Monk Baroni would make him a star, but the film failed after playing briefly.
    More Details Hide Details While he was serving in the military the film gained a larger audience on television, and after his discharge he got steadier work playing a "heavy," where his character used street weapons like switchblades and guns, or had to threaten, hit or kick people. Despite overcoming his Boston accent, because of his lean appearance Nimoy realized that becoming a star was not likely. He played more than 50 small parts in B movies, television series such as Perry Mason and Dragnet, and serials such as Republic Pictures' Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952), in which Nimoy played Narab, a Martian. To support a wife and two children he often did other work, such as delivering newspapers, working in a pet shop, and driving cabs.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1931
    Born
    Leonard Simon Nimoy was born on March 26, 1931, in the West End of Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Jewish immigrants from Iziaslav, Ukraine.
    More Details Hide Details His parents left Iziaslav separately—his father first walking over the border into Poland—and reunited in the United States. His mother, Dora (née Spinner), was a homemaker, and his father, Max Nimoy, owned a barbershop in the Mattapan section of Boston. He had an elder brother, Melvin. Nimoy began acting at the age of eight in a children's and neighborhood theater. His parents wanted him to attend college and pursue a stable career, or even learn to play the accordion—with which, his father advised, Nimoy could always make a living—but his grandfather encouraged him to become an actor. His first major role was at 17, as Ralphie in an amateur production of Clifford Odets' Awake and Sing!, which dealt with the struggles of a matriarchal Jewish family similar to his during the Great Depression. "Playing this teenage kid in this Jewish family that was so much like mine was amazing," he said. "The same dynamics, the same tensions in the household." The role "lit a passion" that led him to pursue an acting career. "I never wanted to do anything else."
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