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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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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Susan Bay Nimoy's 'Eve' is one of several Sundance films to focus on 'women of age'
LATimes - about 1 month
"It's a once in a lifetime thing," says Susan Bay Nimoy, matter-of-fact and convincing. "It came together as if it was meant to be." Nimoy is sitting in the Bel-Air home she shared for decades with husband Leonard Nimoy talking about "Eve," an honest and quietly affecting short film she wrote,...
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Capitol Hill hijinks over long-awaited ObamaCare bill signals GOP urgency, hunt for votes
Fox News - 12 months
The late, great Leonard Nimoy of “Star Trek” fame later hosted the syndicated TV show “In Search Of …” back in the 1970s and early 1980s.
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Early Signpost of The Trump Era: Heinlein's 'Future History' and Asimov's 'Foundation' at 75
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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 wi...
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The 50-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History Of 'Star Trek'
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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 ...
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Review: ‘For the Love of Spock,’ a Son’s Tribute to Leonard Nimoy
NYTimes - over 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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 bicentenn...
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'For the Love of Spock' honors Leonard Nimoy as 'Star Trek' turns 50
CNN - over 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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Everything You Never Knew About 'Star Trek,' Spock and Leonard Nimoy
ABC News - almost 2 years
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 - almost 2 years
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 - almost 2 years
"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 - almost 2 years
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 wit...
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 83
    Nimoy died of complications from COPD on February 27, 2015, at the age of 83, in his Bel Air home.
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    Nimoy has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. On June 2, 2015, the asteroid 4864 Nimoy was named after him.
    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."
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    Nimoy was buried in Los Angeles on March 1, 2015.
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    On February 19, 2015, having been in and out of hospitals for several months, Nimoy was taken to UCLA Medical Center for chest pains.
    In 2015 an asteroid was named 4864 Nimoy in his honor.
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  • 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.
    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
    Nimoy reprised his role as Master Xehanort in the 2012 video game Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.
    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.
    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.
  • 2011
    Age 79
    In May 2011, Nimoy made a cameo appearance in the alternate version music video of Bruno Mars' "The Lazy Song".
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    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.
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  • 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.
    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.
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  • 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.
    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.
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    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.
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  • 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."
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  • 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.
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  • 1997
    Age 65
    In 1997 Nimoy played the prophet Samuel, alongside Nathaniel Parker, in The Bible Collection movie David.
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  • 1995
    Age 63
    His final directorial credit was in 1995 for the episode "Killshot", the pilot for the television series Deadly Games.
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  • 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".
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    In 1994, Nimoy voiced Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in The Pagemaster.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1991
    Age 59
    Nimoy also provided the narration for the 1991 CBS paranormal series Haunted Lives: True Ghost Stories.
  • 1989
    Age 57
    On New Year's Day 1989, Nimoy married his second wife, actress Susan Bay, cousin of director Michael Bay.
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  • 1987
    Age 55
    After 32 years of marriage, he reportedly left Sandra on her 56th birthday and divorced her in 1987.
  • 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.
  • 1982
    Age 50
    From 1982 to 1987, Nimoy hosted the children's educational show Standby: Lights, Camera, Action on Nickelodeon.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
    In 1975 he toured with and played the title role in the Royal Shakespeare Company's Sherlock Holmes.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 1962
    Age 30
    He appeared in Gunsmoke in 1962 as Arnie and in 1966 as John Walking Fox.
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    Nimoy appeared four times in ethnic roles on NBC's Wagon Train, the No. 1 program of 1962.
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  • 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.
  • 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".
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  • 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.
  • 1954
    Age 22
    Nimoy was married twice. In 1954, he married actress Sandra Zober (1927–2011); they had two children, Julie and Adam.
    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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