Versatile actor appeared in numerous roles, but will always be remembered as the logical pointy-eared Vulcan first officer on “Star Trek’s” starship Enterprise.
LOS ANGELES, February 27, 2015 – Leonard Nimoy, known and recognized around the world as Mr. Spock—the always logical, pointy-eared Vulcan first officer of “Star Trek’s” starship Enterprise, died Friday morning of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease according to his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy. He was 83.
Nimoy was already a film and TV veteran when he won the role of Spock, playing the peculiarly appealing Vulcan in a failed 1965 pilot (“The Cage”) for the eventually—and briefly successful–original “Star Trek” television series. That episode was eventually re-edited and used in the actual series, which launched its brief run in 1969.
After “Star Trek” was canceled, vociferous and passionate fans kept the spirit alive, eventually goading Hollywood to take a chance on a major motion picture. The original feature film was high on special effects and low on entertainment value. But it was enough to relaunch several more movies starring the original Enterprise crew, six of which featured Nimoy reprising his role as the popular Spock. It also fired up several syndicated spin-off TV series that ran throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
But Nimoy still reprised his role of Spock from time to time, not only in the several “Star Trek” spinoff TV series. He actually appeared in interesting, time-shifting cameos in the pair of “Star Trek” reboot films, the first of which was launched by JJ Abrams in 2009 to considerable acclaim.
Unlike many movie and TV stars, Nimoy was also well-known for his more thoughtful, cerebral side in addition to the popular character he portrayed. Over the years, in addition to his acting, narrating and directing credits, he wrote poetry, penned memoirs, and explored his Orthodox Jewish spiritual roots in considerable depth.
Copyright 2015 Communities Digital News
This article is the copyrighted property of the writer and Communities Digital News, LLC. Written permission must be obtained before reprint in online or print media. REPRINTING CONTENT WITHOUT PERMISSION AND/OR PAYMENT IS THEFT AND PUNISHABLE BY LAW.
Correspondingly, Communities Digital News, LLC uses its best efforts to operate in accordance with the Fair Use Doctrine under US Copyright Law and always tries to provide proper attribution. If you have reason to believe that any written material or image has been innocently infringed, please bring it to the immediate attention of CDN via the e-mail address or phone number listed on the Contact page so that it can be resolved expeditiously.