He beamed up to eternity.
The world is saddened by the latest passing of a man who was truly out of this world. Legendary actor Leonard Nimoy, known for his role as Spock on Star Trek, died on March 27th in his Los Angeles home, at the age of 83. He died after a long battle with end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a lung disease that he attributed to years of smoking. The sad news was confirmed by his wife, Susan.
Apart from being an actor, Nimoy was also a writer, a photographer, and a musician. However, nothing made such an impact as his perfect definition and portrayal of Spock, the Enterprise’s logical and emotionless science officer.
Nimoy starred in the original Star Trek series all through its three-season run in the late 1960’s. He continued to make appearances as Spock as the series went through new incarnations, including voicing an animated version of his character, making appearances in spinoffs, and even taking a role in J.J. Abrams’ reboot as an older take on Spock.
He also directed two of the films, The Search for Spock and The Voyage Home. He wrote two autobiographies dealing with his relationship to the character, I Am Not Spock in the 1970s and I Am Spock in 1995.
Apart from Star Trek, the actor’s resume includes a role in Fringe, Mission: Impossible and hosting the documentary series In Search Of. He even did voice work on The Big Bang Theory (as Sheldon’s Spock action figure) and The Simpsons (as himself).
His Star Trek colleagues, the whole kingdom of Hollywood, and basically almost every person who ever heard of him are mourning the loss of an enormous talent and a huge heart.
Live long and prosper.