Mar. 26th, 1931
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Leonard Nimoy's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - Star Trek
2009 - Land of the Lost
2001 - Atlantis: The Lost Empire
1997 - A Life Apart: Hasidism in America
1997 - Trekkies
1994 - The Pagemaster
1994 - Destiny in Space
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
1964 - Seven Days in May
1951 - Rhubarb
Guest TV Roles
General Konrad (Voiced)
Himself - Narrator
Raised in a Boston tenement, acting in community theaters since age eight, Leonard 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) (TV).
- His father had a barbershop in Boston, where one of the more popular haircuts given was the "Spock cut."
- 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.
- Suffers from tinnitus (ringing in the ears), along with _"Star Trek" (1966)_ (qv) co-star 'William Shatner' (qv). Nimoy's right ear and Shatner's left ear are affected. Their hearing was apparently damaged during the filming of the episode "Arena" when they were both close to a special effects explosion.
- He has one stepson, named Aaron.
- 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.
- Was 'William Shatner' (qv)'s Best Man at his third wedding to 'Nerine Kidd' (qv).
- At 6' 1", he was the tallest member of the cast of the original _"Star Trek" (1966)_ (qv) series.
- The mineral Yominium Sulfide crystals in _Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)_ (qv), is named him.