Mr. Spock himself, the legendary Leonard Nimoy, has passed away at the age of 83 according to The New York Times. The actor’s wife Susan Bay Nimoy has reportedly confirmed that he died earlier today at his home in the Bel-Air area of Los Angeles as a result of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nimoy was hospitalized earlier this week.
Nimoy began his work on TV in the 1950s with shows like “Dragnet” and “Sea Hunt” before finding himself in his most iconic role as the Vulcan character Spock in the original “Star Trek” 1960s TV Series. Nimoy played the role across three seasons of that show, guest-starred on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and appeared in eight of the twelve “Star Trek” films to have been produced so far.
He went on to further work on the screen and stage including the original “Mission: Impossible” series to hosting and narrating documentaries and video games. In recent years he scored acclaimed for another role, that of Dr. William Bell in FOX’s cult sci-fi series “Fringe“. Maybe aware of what was coming, the social media active Nimoy’s final tweet is fitting (for non-Trekkers, LLAP means ‘Live Long & Prosper‘): “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP” “The miracle is this: the more we share the more we have – Leonard Nimoy Thank you for everything #LiveLongAndProsper \V/: – Pharrell
Leonard Nimoy, AKA Spock from Star Trek, and Pharrell discuss the creation of the Spock character, how the Vulcan salute came to be, and the controversy behind some of Nimoy’s photography projects. He also clarifies that his memoir, “I Am Not Spock“, was not meant to be negative and fills us in on the advice he gave Zachary Quinto before Quinto reprised the role of Spock in the latest Star Trek movies.
By Dave Simpson. Pharrell Williams was left feeling emotional after meeting Leonard Nimoy for the first time as the Star Trek legend has been his inspiration throughout his entire career. The rapper/producer is a lifelong fan of the sci-fi franchise and even named his first record label Star Trak Entertainment after the series, while his 2001 N*E*R*D album In Search Of… was also a nod to the programme. The hip-hop star has long admired Nimoy, who played Spock in the original Star Trek series, and admits it was a dream come true to finally meet his hero.
He tells actress Queen Latifah on her U.S. talk show, “I met Leonard Nimoy the other day. It was emotional for me. As I was talking to him, I was like, ‘Oh man, I’m just now realising I named my first album after your show.’ And live long and prosper has always been my thing. “To meet him was crazy. He was standing right next to me! I couldn’t believe it, but he did know who I was.”
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