83 (passed away Feb. 27th, 2015)
Mar. 26th, 1931
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Leonard Nimoy's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2014 - To Be Takei
2013 - The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers
2012 - Star Trek 2
2009 - Star Trek
2005 - Ringers - Lord of the Fans
2001 - Atlantis: The Lost Empire
1997 - A Life Apart: Hasidism in America
1997 - Trekkies
1994 - The Pagemaster
1994 - Destiny in Space
1994 - The Pagemaster
1993 - Coneheads
1991 - Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
1989 - Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
1986 - Transformers: The Movie
1986 - Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
1984 - Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
1979 - Star Trek: The Motion Picture
1978 - Invasion of the Body Snatchers
1951 - Rhubarb
Guest TV Roles[none found]
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).
- As a non-commissioned officer in the army, Nimoy was in charge of a platoon that included a 'Ken Berry (I)' (qv). Berry later said in an interview that he confided to Nimoy his ambitions to be a dancer and performer and Nimoy encouraged him to go to California at the end of his enlistment.
- Stated at a 1993 convention in Toronto, Ontario, Canada that he has contracted out his signature, and can only sign items the company he has a contact with authorizes, and therefore does not sign for fans, otherwise he could be sued for breach of contract.
- Made both his first (the first ever _"Star Trek" (1966)_ (qv) episode 'The Cage') and last (the _"Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987)_ (qv) episode 'Unification Part II') 'Star Trek' appearances with 'Malachi Throne' (qv). Nimoy will again play Mr. Spock in Star Trek (2009).
- 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.
- Along with 'David McCallum (I)' (qv), 'Cliff Robertson (I)' (qv), 'Barbara Rush' (qv) and 'Peter Breck' (qv), he is one of only five actors to appear in both _"The Outer Limits" (1963)_ (qv) and the revival _"The Outer Limits" (1995)_ (qv).
- Appeared in episodes of three different series with 'James Doohan' (qv): _"Star Trek" (1966)_ (qv), _"Star Trek" (1973)_ (qv) and _"Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man" (1994)_ (qv).
- 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.
- In books over the years the "unpronouncable" full name of his Star Trek character is S'chn-T' Gaii Spock, son of S'chn-T' Gaii Sarek (of Skon and Solkar) of Vulcan.