Leonard Nimoy was a talented, inspiring actor that accomplished an impressive transformation of his career that spanned decades. Why is it that we learn so much more about a person after they die? Is it because death is news? Or does death inspire the need to gauge successes and failures that impacted the time spent on earth?
If the later is true than Leonard Nimoy’s talents touched millions of lives. Known widely for his acting on Star Trek, Nimoy managed to grow beyond the character he played so well from 1966-1969. Besides playing roles in later episodes on the big screen, he found new interests in film production, singing, poetry and photography.
Leonard Nimoy passed away at his Bel Air home today of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), at the age of 83. He was a testimony to his catch phrase “Live Long and Prosper”.
Last year, Nimoy revealed that he had lung disease — although he had stopped smoking 30 years ago.
“I quit smoking 30 yrs ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now”!! LLAP (Live Long and Prosper),” the actor tweeted.
After “Star Trek” ended, he starred in the series “Mission Impossible” as Paris. From 1976 to 1982. He also hosted the syndicated “In Search of … a show that looked into mysteries such as Loch Ness Monster and the disappearance of Amelia Earhart.
He also worked behind the camera, in the director’s chair for “3 Men and a Baby” (1987), which starred Tom Selleck, Ted Danson and Steve Guttenberg.
He appeared in such plays as “A Streetcar Named Desire,” ”Cat on a Hot Tim Roof,” ”The King and I,” ”My Fair Lady” and “Equus.”
He spent time shooting his own photographs as well, showcasing them at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
Leonard Nimoy published a collection of poems and children’s stories along with two autobiographies throughout his career. In the first, titled “I Am Not Spock” in 1975, he sought distance from his Star Trek character. Later he published a second book in 1995 titled “I Am Spock” in which he embraced his role. The actor also took on music and released five albums.
The roles Leonard Nimoy played throughout his career not only entertained audiences, but gave fuel to the imagination. Star Trek broke new ground in science fiction television and truly took viewers where no mind had gone before. Not only did Star Trek deliver story lines that were far ahead of it’s time, it appealed to the dreams of those who dared to imagine what was beyond the stars.
The series delivered timeless thrillers and created unique movie treasures that have, and will continue to transcend generations. The roles of Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner will be remembered for a long time to come. RIP “Spock”