83 (passed away Feb. 27th, 2015)
Mar. 26th, 1931
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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Leonard Simon Nimoy (March 26, 1931 ~ February 27, 2015) was an American actor, film director, photographer, author, poet, singer and songwriter. He was known for his role as Mr. Spock of the Star Trek franchise.
Born in the West End of Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Jewish immigrants from Iziaslav, Soviet Union (now Ukraine). His parents left Iziaslav separately—his father first walking over the border into Poland—and reunited in the United States. His mother, Dora (née Spinner), was a homemaker, and his father, Max Nimoy, owned a barbershop in the Mattapan section of Boston. He had an elder brother, Melvin.
Nimoy has be acting in community theaters since age eight, Nimoy didn't make his Hollywood debut he was 20, a bit part in Queen for a Day (1951) and another as a ballplayer in the perennial Rhubarb (1951). After two years in army he was still getting small, often uncredited parts - an army telex operator in Them! (1954), for example - but his part as Narab, a Martian finally friendly to Earth, in the closing scene in the corny Republic serial Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952), somewhat foreshadowed the role which would make him a household name--Mr. Spock, the half-human/half-Vulcan science officer of Star Trek (1966) one of TV's all-time most successful series. His performance won him three Emmy nominations and launched his career as a writer and director, notably of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), the story of a humpback whale rescue that proved the most successful of the Star Trek movies.
Stage credits have included Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver, Camelot, and Equus. He has hosted the well-known TV series In Search of... (1976) and Ancient Mysteries (1996), authored several volumes of poetry and guest-starred on two episodes of The Simpsons (1989). He recently played Mustafa Mond in NBC's telling of Brave New World (1998).
- Is the only actor to appear in both pilots of the original _"Star Trek" (1966)_ (qv) series.
- Was approached to direct _Star Trek: Generations (1994)_ (qv), as well as appear as Spock in the film. He declined because Spock's role in the movie would have been a cameo. Nimoy stated that he did not want to play Spock, or direct any Star Trek movie in which Spock was not an integral part of the plot. Spock's character was consequently edited from the script.
- His wife, Susan Bay, is a cousin of 'Michael Bay' (qv). Nimoy voiced the re-emerged Megatron, known as Galvatron in _The Transformers: The Movie (1986)_ (qv). Bay altogether re-invented Megatron for _Transformers (2007)_ (qv).
- Along with 'Majel Barrett' (qv), he is one of only two actors to appear in both the first and last episodes of the original _"Star Trek" (1966)_ (qv) series.
- Has appeared in episodes of five different series with 'William Shatner' (qv): _"The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (1964)_ (qv), _"Star Trek" (1966)_ (qv), _"Star Trek" (1973)_ (qv), _"T.J. Hooker" (1982)_ (qv), and _"Futurama" (1999)_ (qv).
- The mineral Yominium Sulfide crystals in _Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)_ (qv), is named him.
- The sign that Spock makes with his hand is half of what is commonly done by the Cohanim, the Jewish Priests, when they bless the congregation.
- Father of 'Adam Nimoy' (qv) and 'Julie Nimoy' (qv).