Actor-director Leonard Nimoy, known throughout the world as Mr. Spock from the Star Trek television and movie series, has died.
According to the New York Times, wife Susan Bay Nimoy said Nimoy passed away Friday morning from complications of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at his home in Bel Air, California. He was 83.
Last year, Nimoy admitted that he had COPD, which he said was a result of a long-time smoking habit he had kicked in the 1980s. Nimoy was taken to UCLA Medical Center on February 19 after he complained of severe chest pain but returned home earlier this week.
Although the Boston-born actor played a plethora of television, movie, and theatrical roles, Nimoy is best known as Spock, the half-human, half-Vulcan first officer of Star Trek’s USS Enterprise.
As played by Nimoy, Spock projected the image of the logical and unflappable Starfleet officer, scientist and diplomat. Beneath his rational and self-disciplined Vulcan exterior. however, Spock constantly struggled to reconcile his alien heritage with his human half.
Nimoy, whose artistic talents took him into such fields as photography, poetry, and film direction, played the Enterprise’s science officer and second-in-command in over 80 episodes of producer Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek: The Original Series from 1966 to 1969. (Nimoy and Majel Barrett were the only cast members of the unaired 1964 pilot episode to appear on the original series after NBC picked it up for the 1966-67 season.)
After Star Trek’s cancellation in 1969, Nimoy reprised the role of Spock several times, Spock returned in two seasons of the animated Star Trek TV series, as well as eight feature films produced by Paramount Pictures, including a cameo in 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness. Nimoy also played Spock in “Unification, Parts 1 & 2,” a 1991 two-part episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Nimoy’s contributions to the Star Trek franchise as actor, director, and producer are available on Blu-ray and DVD.
Earlier this week, the director of ‘Night, Mother, Three Men and a Baby, and two Star Trek feature films tweeted a final message::
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP
In addition to Star Trek and its movie spin-offs, Nimoy appeared in over 130 movies and TV episodes from 1951 until 2013. His most prominent non-Spock roles on the small screen include Paris, the master of disguise agent in Mission: Impossible and Dr. William Bell in Fox’s Fringe.
Nimoy is survived by Susan Bay Nimoy and two children from his first marriage, Adam and Julie Nimoy.