Leonard Nimoy, the inspirational actor who played the lovable “Star Trek” character Mr. Spock, was pronounced dead this morning, February 27th. He was 83.
Nimoy’s wife, Susan Bay, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Last year, Nimoy had confirmed he’d been diagnosed with the disease, attributing it to his smoking habit which he’d given up three decades ago. Upon hearing his diagnosis Nimoy had said on Twitter “I quit smoking 30 yrs ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP (Live Long And Prosper).”
Nimoy was very talented and his talents went far beyond acting. His artistic pursuits also included poetry, photography, and music. One of his last poetic posts to Twitter read “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP.”
Acting had been Nimoy’s first love but his other love was photography. Nimoy’s main photographic focus was portraiture which focused on subjects that aren’t usually shown off in galleries. Some of his most notable works are The Full Body Project, Shekhina, and Secret Shelves. Along with publishing several photography books he also held many exhibits, in places such as the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and others.
While his talents ranged far beyond acting it was his portrayal of the larger than life character of Mr. Spock that Nimoy became a strong inspiration to thousands. The New York Times described Spock’s character as being “one of the most indelible characters of the last half century: a cerebral, unflappable, pointy-eared Vulcan with a signature salute and blessing: ‘Live long and prosper.'”
Nimoy’s role in “Star Trek” is what sealed his status as a star. Nimoy didn’t just play a character, he became the character. Nimoy gave audiences a hero to look up to and the response to Mr. Spock was a die-hard, strong fan-base. Nimoy had a different kind of connection with the character and that was clear in his first autobiography “I Am Not Spock” (1975) and it’s follow up “I Am Spock” (1995). After a small struggle, he seemed to accept his tie to the character and pursued various other “Star Trek” projects.
Even though “Star Trek” was Nimoy’s biggest role he also found his way into other film projects, some of those projects involved being in the director’s chair. He hosted a series titled “In Search Of…” which explored different mysteries, ones involving the Loch Ness Monster and UFOs. He also narrated “Ancient Mysteries” on the History Channel from 1995 to 2003.
Noted for his unique voice, he also provided the voice for various animated characters. Including but not limited to, “Transformers: The Movie” (1986), the “Kingdom Hearts” series, “The Pagemaster” (1994) and “Atlantis: The Lost Empire” (2001).
As well as acting, he also sat in the director’s chair for a bit. Nimoy directed a number of things but three of his most notable are “Star Trek: The Search for Spock,” “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home,” and “3 Men and a Baby.”
Leonard Nimoy was a wonderful man and he will be sorely missed, the world has lost one of the greats. R.I.P. Mr. Nimoy.