83 (passed away Feb. 27th, 2015)
Mar. 26th, 1931
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Leonard Nimoy's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2014 - To Be Takei
2009 - Star Trek
2001 - Atlantis: The Lost Empire
1997 - A Life Apart: Hasidism in America
1997 - Trekkies
1994 - Destiny in Space
1994 - The Pagemaster
1994 - The Pagemaster
1993 - Coneheads
1991 - Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
1989 - Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
1986 - Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
1986 - Transformers: The Movie
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
Mr. Spock - Star Trek
Himself - Host
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).
- Because of his schedule, part two of the two-part _"Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987)_ (qv) episode "Unification" was filmed before part one.
- 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.
- Has two roles in common with voice actor 'Frank Welker' (qv). Welker provided the screams for the young Spock in _Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)_ (qv). Welker also provided the voice of Galvatron in the third and fourth seasons of _"Transformers" (1984)_ (qv), a role which Nimoy had voiced in the film _The Transformers: The Movie (1986)_ (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).
- Sibling: Melvin, five years older.
- 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.
- Opened exotic pet shop in 1970 after Trek's cancellation.
- Due to their similar deep voices, it was rumoured for years that Nimoy actually recorded the bulk of 'Orson Welles' (qv) Unicron dialogue in _The Transformers: The Movie (1986)_ (qv). Welles died before the film's release, but voice actress 'Susan Blu' (qv) has gone on record saying that Welles recorded all his lines before his death.