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)
Hoya - Saboteur
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).
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- When 'Mark Lenard' (qv) and 'Jane Wyatt (I)' (qv) were cast as his parents in _"Star Trek" (1966)_ (qv), they asked him if he had any advice on the Vulcan characters and culture, seeing as how he was the show's main Vulcan character. He replied that he felt the Vulcans were very much a "hand oriented people" and so Lenard and Wyatt came up with a hand gesture in which they touched and held their fingers together to indicate a sense of intimacy.
- Graduated from Boston College in 1953.
- Often nicknamed "the other Dr. Spock" for his degrees in Biology and Photography.
- Had a pet store in Canoga Park, CA, during the 1960s.