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).
- Lent his famous voice to the introduction at the Mugar Omni Theater (The Museum of Science, Boston).
- Is an accomplished photographer (specializing in black and white images), and has given exhibitions of his works.
- Has appeared in four different productions with 'Malachi Throne' (qv): _"Star Trek" (1966)_ (qv), _"Mission: Impossible" (1966)_ (qv), _Assault on the Wayne (1971) (TV)_ (qv) and _"Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987)_ (qv).
- Got his famous role of "Spock" in _"Star Trek" (1966)_ (qv) in part because discussions among writers and producers of the show about the character of Spock led them to put out the word that they were looking for "a tall, thin guy" to play the part of an alien crew member. Casting director 'Joseph D'Agosta' (qv) remembered Nimoy from his work in an earlier WWII series, _"The Lieutenant" (1963)_ (qv) and gave him a call about this role. And so was born his most famous role and start as a pop-cult icon.
- Born in Boston to Ukrainian Jewish immigrants.
- At 6' 1", he was the tallest member of the cast of the original _"Star Trek" (1966)_ (qv) series.
- The "Vulcan nerve pinch" concept on _"Star Trek" (1966)_ (qv) was invented by Nimoy when he and the show's writers were trying to figure out how an unarmed Spock could overpower an adversary without resorting to violence.
- During an interview with 'Al Roker' (qv) on _ "Today" (1952)(TVseries)_, to promote _Star Trek (2009)_ (qv), it was revealed that the news anchor, 'Ann Curry (I)' (qv) had a major crush on him. They showed several clips of her stating that she was in love with Spock. Roker then called her out on stage. She came on stage, and immediately hugged and kissed 'Leonard Nimoy' (qv), and told him how great she thinks he is. Leonard was very flattered, and told her she had great taste.