Well today is now officially a bummer. Leonard Nimoy who was most notably known as Spock from Star Trek passed away today due to his battle with Pulmonary Disease. Early in the week, Nimoy reportedly went to the hospital because of chest pains, but was later taken back home. Nimoy himself said the disease was due to smoking which he had been able to quit three decades earlier, but believed it was related. He was 83.
Leonard Nimoy was teaching an acting course when he landed his iconic Spock role on the space adventure series known as Star Trek which premiered on September 8th, 1966. The series ran until 1969 airing 79 episodes.
But Leonard Nimoy’s only accomplishment wasn’t playing the Starship Enterprise’s science officer and first officer. One of his greatest roles was in Invasion of the Body Snatchers, opposite Donald Sutherland and Jeff Goldblum (rent if it if you haven’t seen it). One of the only times you were frightened of the usually calm character actor.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers, 1978
Aside from acting, he was also an avid photographer, poet and host of the popular 70’s show In Search Of… which is still fun to watch even today. He’s also an accomplished recording artist. It’s cliche to say someone did it all, but maybe that’s because Nimoy was the first to actually do it all. But one of the more surprising facts about Nimoy is his directing career. Did you know Leonard Nimoy directed the classic Three Men and a Baby? Well now you do.
On the set of Three Men and a Baby, 1987
Born in Boston, Nimoy authored numerous books throughout his career including titles like “Come with Me” and “Will I think of you”. He received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1985 and was nominated for 4 Emmy Awards (one of which was not for Star Trek, but for a role in a miniseries titled A Woman Called Golda in 1982). Our last glimpse of Nimoy in the spotlight was his appearance in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek reboot Star Trek where he portrayed Spock for the last time. Leonard Nimoy is survived by his wife Susan Bay, and two children.