Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek's Beloved Mr. Spock, Dies at 83

Leonard Nimoy, the character actor most famous for playing the beloved Mr. Spock on the original Star Trek television series and in several feature films, has died according to The New York Times. He was 83.

Nimoy, who was rushed to the hospital last week with chest pains, passed away in his Bel Air, California home, his wife confirmed. The actor had been suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Nimoy, a Boston native, got his acting break with the 1952 film Kid Monk Baroni. He went on to land bit parts on Dragnet, Perry Mason, and in the film Get Smart before he was cast as the half-Vulcan, half-human Spock in the role that would launch him into stardom. Star Trek ran from 1966 to 1969, and Nimoy earned three Emmy nominations for his performance. He later reprised the role in a number of Star Trek feature films. In 2009, J.J. Abrams directed a reboot with Zachary Quinto portraying Spock, but Nimoy made a cameo as an alternate version of the character.

Off-screen, Nimoy maintained a prolific career as a voice actor and narrator and directed a handful of films, including Three Men and a Baby. More recently, Nimoy played a recurring role on the Fox series Fringe, which ended in 2013, and was heard as the voice of Spock in an episode of The Big Bang Theory. He was also a writer, publishing two autobiographies and several volumes of poetry.

Nimoy is survived by his second wife Susan; his children, Adam and Julie; a stepson, Aaron; six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and an older brother.


This article originally appears on TV Guide.com.

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Mar 01, 2015
Dd any news outlet seek out a comment from Lesley Ann Warren, since she co-starred with Nimoy on Mission: Impossible and starred in the Night Gallery episode he directed?

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Mar 01, 2015
So very sad to hear this. Leonard Nimoy was a true class act.
I have many fond memories of Star Trek, most of them involving Spock. The Star Trek family will not be the same without him.
Rest in Peace, Mr. Nimoy. You've earned it.
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Feb 28, 2015
You have lived a long life and prospered. Rest in peace now. We will never forget you...
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Feb 28, 2015
My mother was an orginal Trekkie and I was weaned on the reruns. This was a huge part of my family time and I was drawn to Spock because I was the "nerd" and introverted as a child. Two of my favourite books of all time were Mr. Nimoy's "I Am Not Spock" and "I Am Spock".

"Of my friend, I can only say this: Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most....human." RIP Leonard Nimoy.
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Feb 28, 2015
Goodbye spock. Long live and prosper.
Startrek was before my time but i got to know his character mostly through The big bang theory. I guess RPSLS (rock paper scissor lizard spock) will become one of his legacy.
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Feb 28, 2015
I think that everything has been said, a great actor and even a greater man has been lost. As one of the many Star Trek fans around the world the loss of another of the original crew leaves a great vacuum but with Leonard Nimoy part of my childhood is gone. Live long and prosper in you new dimension Mr Spock. My sincere condolences to his family and to all the trekkies out there.
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Feb 28, 2015
R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy :(
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Feb 28, 2015
He is, and he always will be our dearest friend...

rarely is a person, who I don´t know directly, so important to me
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Feb 28, 2015
I will definitely watch a Star Trek movie today, suggestions which one?
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Feb 28, 2015
The Voyage Home...it is fantastic!
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Feb 28, 2015
Also the voice of the main villain of the kingdom Hearts game series!

R.I.P. good sir!
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Feb 28, 2015
At least he will be among friends.......


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Feb 28, 2015
R.I.P Leonard. :(
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Feb 28, 2015
I'm flabbergasted! A door to my childhood closes forever! :-(
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Feb 28, 2015
Legend. RIP
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Feb 28, 2015
Thanks and RIP My prayers with your family and love ones..
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Feb 28, 2015
Ow. Ow.

This one hurts.

#RIPSpock. You were a huge, huge part of my childhood.
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Feb 28, 2015
Part of my childhood is gone with his death. I grew up watching him on Star Trek - in fact it was one of the things that made me become a die-hard sci-fi fan -; in the seventies had the surprise of his presence on Mission Impossible and later in many other tv series where he showed how skillful, how versatile as an actor he was - that besides his works behind the cameras (as a director or a photographer -.
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Feb 27, 2015
One of my favorite music videos just because of his performance:


Leonhard Nimoy channeling his inner "Dude" in "The Lazy Song".
RIP!
You're one of the Greatest of the Great!!!
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Feb 27, 2015
Oh man, Sheldon is going to lose it.
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Feb 27, 2015
Rest in peace Mr Spock...you were such a inspiration to many, live long and prosper amongst the stars.......
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Feb 27, 2015
A source of inspiration for many may he rest in peace.
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Feb 27, 2015
I always thought that Mr. Nimoy was... the most well-rounded of the Trek cast. Not to say that anyone there was a poor actor, or untalented. But Nimoy... moved on. He did photography. He sang, whether good or bad. (I'm partial to his "Both Sides Now"). He directed. He narrated. He did animated voice work. He didn't let himself be defined by Spock, or by Star Trek. He ducked being stereotyped, by setting out to get dramatic emotional roles on stuff like Columbo and Mission: Impossible.

Doohan and Kelley were much older and later in their careers: they had every right to take it easy. Takei and Koenig had careers afterward, but Nichols and Barrett, not so much. And Shatner seems to have pretty much made a career out of being William Shatner: Star Trek actor at this point.

For all that he played an iconic character on the show, he never seemed to be bound up in Trek. He did the movies, he did the animated series, I'm sure he did cons. But he seemed to... I don't know, rise above Trek in a way that the other cast members never did, and maybe never needed to.



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Feb 28, 2015
I think the main thing is that Nimoy was the Elder Statesman of Trek, and still seemed to want to be associated with it without taking center stage.

I don't see Shatner in that role. He seems to have rehabilitated his image, and made his amends with his castmantes. But some of us still remember the 70s and 80s, and stuff like Star Trek Memories and how Shatner allegedly treated his co-workers on the show behind the scenes. And the assorted other controversies. Nimoy never seemed to get embroiled in all that.
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Feb 27, 2015
very sad to hear this
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Feb 27, 2015
Yeah,this one really hurts,right in the heart.Today I lost a childhood idol and words can not express how I feel right now,never met the man but I am deeply sadden as if he was a family member and in a way he is,I was raised on Star Trek and it's positive messages of friendship and a better tomorrow.
He had a reputation of being a kind soul and good-hearted man who will be irreplaceable.Two words describe Mr.Nimoy......'legend' and 'icon'.
He was a talented actor,writer and director and not only was he a beloved green blooded Vulcan but he was also the master of disguise on Mission:Impossible.And as Gislef below has mentioned,shined in many appearances all over TV on many different series.
He will be missed but NEVER forgotten and is in good company now with Gene,DeForest and James.
He was the first,the best and the one true Spock.Thank you for showing us being 'logical' can be cool.
My prayers go out to his family.
Good-bye old friend,thank you for a lifetime of great memories.
R.I.P.Mr.Nimoy
'To boldly go......'



I don't think I'll be able to see that death scene with Spock and Kirk in Wrath of Khan the same way again.


Yep,this one hurts.Tonight it's gonna be a Star Trek night,gonna dust off the Star Trek DVDs and relive some memories with some old friends.
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Mar 02, 2015
Very well said D
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Mar 02, 2015
Thanks. :)
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Feb 27, 2015
My first and only TV crush. Keep on trekking out there...
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Feb 27, 2015
:~(
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Feb 27, 2015
I'd also rank his killer Barry Mayfield in Columbo as among the ten best in the series. In the episode "A Stitch in Crime," Nimoy rises to the challenge of veteran writer Shirl Hendryx's script, playing a particularly ruthless yet charming killer who is always--always--thinking two steps ahead. In a plot with several twists (Mayfield has to kill two people to cover up his ongoing slow-murder of his mentor and research partner), Nimoy plays a character who is always on top of his game. The denouement is one of the best in the series, and Nimoy delivers a lot of sharp dialogue.


Lt. Columbo, you're remarkable. You have intelligence. You have perception. You have great tenacity. You've got everything except proof.



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Feb 27, 2015
A Stitch in Crime is one of my all-time favorite Columbo episodes because of Nimoy's performance.
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Feb 27, 2015
That realy makes me sad.
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Feb 27, 2015
My heart is broken. Rest in peace...
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Feb 27, 2015
Nimoy was also a singer, as noted below. In fairness, most of his songs were a lot better. And a director. And had an acting career beyond Star Trek and Fringe, both before and after.



A classic Twilight Zone episode.



Both versions of "I, Robot" for The Outer Limits.

About 800 frickin' episodes of Sea Hunt. (It was just 8.)

And a wide range of disguises, accents, and mannerisms in Mission: Impossible as The Amazing Paris for two seasons. Yeah, he made it look easier but it ain't. Check out Shatner in Barbary Coast sometime to see how not to be a master of disguise.










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Feb 27, 2015
Thanks,Gislef,for sharing these pictures of Nimoy,brings back a lot of good memories.
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Feb 27, 2015
He was a soldier in Them! movie/film and In Search Of documentaries.
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Feb 27, 2015
R.I.P.
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Feb 27, 2015
RIP,
Always a fan of Star Track, then in Fringe with William Bell. The cameo in the new Star Track was awesome. This one with Sheldon Cooper was hilarious:

A nice way to remember him.
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Mar 01, 2015
I actually just saw this episode for the first time today.
Seems very fitting now having learned of Nimoy's passing.
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Feb 27, 2015
Where the heck is that Genesis machine???
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Feb 27, 2015
I've been watching Man from UNCLE on MeTV and I was surprised Nimoy and Shatner appeared together in an episode. It was kind of cool, but they barely had a real scene together. though.

At 83 you can't say he did not live prosperously long.
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Feb 27, 2015
For those who are incredibly saddened by his passing - like myself - here's a bit of his funny side: Leonard Nimoy - Live Long and Be Lazy:

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Feb 27, 2015
Rest in Peace Mr. Nimoy.
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Feb 27, 2015
RIP, I was never a fan of Star Trek but he will always be remembered for playing William Bell to me :)

Legend
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Feb 27, 2015
Sad news.
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Feb 27, 2015
RIP :(
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Feb 27, 2015
To counteract the sad news of Mr Nimoy's death,something to bring a smile to people's faces.



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Mar 01, 2015
hahaha - what a stud muffin - love the spock ears / hair
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Feb 27, 2015
Very sad news... the world has lost a beautiful human being...

May you rest in peace, Leonard.
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Feb 27, 2015
Eject a torpedo casing in his honor and give him a 21 phaser salute.
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Feb 27, 2015
And resurrect him! Oh, not in real life? :(
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Feb 27, 2015
May he go to the stars, where he belongs
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Feb 27, 2015
"I have been, and always shall be, your friend....Live long and prosper."

RIP Leonard
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Feb 27, 2015
Such a sad thing. I loved how he portrayed Spock and Bell and he has one of those voices that are instantly recognizable. Prayers for him and his family.
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Feb 27, 2015
Nimoy was also an avid photographer, nearly his whole life he spent in that field, and he had several photograph books published.

To me, what I will admire most about him is his unswerving integrity. Leonard Nimoy's drive on ensuring the character of Mr. Spock was developed into a deep and consistent character shone through in every performance Nimoy gave, and through his efforts he co-created one of the most memorable characters in modern culture, that impact will be felt for a very long time indeed.
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Feb 27, 2015
Every once in a while the death of an actor hits me hard, this is one of those times. He was a wonderful person, and will be missed. I hope his last days were peaceful.
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Feb 27, 2015
I'm not sure whether to get emotional or not -- it isn't the Vulcan way.
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Feb 27, 2015
It's okay to be emotional today,Spock would approve because it's the human thing to do.......


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Feb 27, 2015
It's especially painful for me due to the fact that I recently watched for the very first time the whole original Star Trek series. I loved Spock, as I feared dr Bell :) God speed Mr. Spock!
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Feb 27, 2015
Mr. Spock, Dr. William Bell you will be missed...

RIP Leonard
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Feb 27, 2015
Goodbye Dr William Bell, you will never be forgotten

RIP Mr Nemoy
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